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Article: Stonington House (Stonington, CT) by John Lincoln
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A unit (40 sheets) of 3/4" plywood will have been stacked at the plant, typically, in the order that the sheets came from the press, cutter and sander. The sheets of taped-up leaves of face veneers will likewise typically have come through in batches to the press, the flitches of sequentially-sliced veneers also in order. So, the chances of finding, say, a half-dozen matching sheets -- or fewer, or more -- is quite good, at any point in the unit -- automatically and without paying extra for sequenced panels.

But you may have to wait for days or weeks, inspecting units as they become available, to find what you want: sheets with lovely grain patterns and few or no defects.

SDR
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Researching something I noticed that SDR mentioned our dilemma in finding Douglas Fir when it came time for our ceiling and wall panels. Being so thankful for all the information and encouragement you guys provided us, I'm always glad to contribute whatever I can.

We wanted Grade A rotary cut Douglas fir, starting out locally but to no avail in the grade and the quantity we needed. We wanted consistency so that the new replacement wood would appear the same throughout the house, even if it didn't exactly match the original 1940 pieces that we were able to salvage. Our search extended to coasts and no distributor would guarantee the grade. Although some don't mind them, I specifically did not want knots making the walls look polka dotted. Did Chiptotle corner the market at the time we needed it? Don't know, but we only found only one supplier in CA who had the quantity but refused to guarantee the quality (Grade A).

I did come across some beautiful Douglas Fir this morning on twitter on Frank Gehry's new house posted by Paul Goldberger that I actually drooled over, if anyone is interested: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/frank-gehry-santa-monica-home

We ended up using the salvaged pieces in the entry, point room bathroom and then Joe took inventory of our salvage 2' X 4' pieces are came up with a pattern which appears above the beds in each bedroom. The grain on the restored original is beautiful! For the rest of our project we used Grade A Birch, readily available at the time, no knots and made the dark interior (when the house is shaded by foliage) much lighter.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All good choices, I would say. There are other softwoods with contrasting grain, perhaps, that would echo the rotary-cut fir---
but none with the contrasts found in fir and few lighter in color, so the switch to the quieter and lighter birch makes perfect sense.

I continue to see new work, often in Europe, where large surfaces of rotary-cut softwood are employed---along with other wooden
surfaces of various species and finishes, including interior and exterior planes covered in wood strips, as in Gehry's new house
(thanks for that---news to me). It's an encouraging sign, as I see it . . .

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was extremely disappointed in not finding a supplier when we were ready for the plywood but had gotten to a point that we needed to find a supplier so we could finish and move in. When we had folks from Tony Smith's estate visit the house and explained our choice of birch, we were told -"that's exactly what Tony would have done...use what was available at the time.

The only photo we have of the original kitchen:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/14390396226/in/album-72157650444413635/

shows the wood much lighter than what we found, much closer to the birch than the almost mahogany color we found, but that kitchen had long been replaced with hideous plastic laminate. Once restored, the panels that were salvagable became lighter with the beautiful grain more apparent and I'm glad we were able to incorporate them. Water under the bridge. Would have preferred Douglas Fir.

Good luck to Tom in finding a supplier!
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