Shiplap. It's everywhere and it's something that we get asked about daily. Farmhouse style is only on the rise and with it shiplap has found it's way into mainstream interior design vocabulary. But what IS shiplap? I'm Levi the shop dog at Real Antique Wood and I'm here to clear it up for you.

Shiplap refers to the way wood is joined together, not the type of wood. Shiplap can be any species, size, or color of wood. Shiplap is cut with notches (or rabbets) into the top and bottom, which allows the pieces to fit together, forming a tight seal. This also gives shiplap its distinctive appearance, with those famous gaps between each piece. Shiplap can be painted or left raw, can be used horizontally or vertically, and is available in all species from our mill. 

Tongue and Groove is another way to join boards together that we use quite a lot. The boards are given ridges and grooves down their sides that then interlock to give a tighter seam between boards. Tongue and groove is most popularly used for flooring, but looks great for siding as well.

Square Edge is yet another way we join our boards and this technique is really simple. This requires no grooves or notches, but just straight edges of the boards placed next to one another in a horizontal or vertical placement. 

Does this clear up your shiplap questions? We sure hope so! Have any questions or suggestions for the next Levi's Lessons? Email us at info@realantiquewood.com.

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