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    Used wood

    I got me the mahog decking off of a project this week. The guy is sick of staining and we changed it out to plastic decking.
    Anyway I had this idea to plane it down and use it on the walls of my new entry. Now here is the problem finding a way to hide all the nail holes 2 holes 16" on center.
    Once the stain and cup have been planed out the board will be about 1/2" thick and 3" wide.
    I have thought of cutting them into 14.5" boards (cutting out the nail holes) and making some sort of panel. Or just nailing them up and putting a trim detail over the nails. The other thing is the better half thinks they should run up and down.
    So lets here it guys How would you hide the nails?
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    what does she mean by up and down ?? you mean run them vertical chuck? also why are you taking the time to clean them up? just use them as they are instead of making more work for your self..
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    But he stained them poop brown. They would look much better with a nice say tong oil on them
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    well then, the nail holes are gonna look dark even though you clean up the wood right.. so your gonna see the dark holes no matter what. unless you cut them out and ran a herring bone effect with the short pieces.. then you could do your oil finish you want.
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    If you can line all the holes up nicely I have put dummy screws in to hide holes. Usually something short and with a pretty head. Used automotive trim screws some. They are rather expensive in the quantity you would need. 8-10 a hundred off of Ebay...

    Or make a bunch more holes and call it high dollar wormy wood.....

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    Hmmmm,

    - invest in a plug cutter and sacrifice one of the boards to make tapered plugs to fill the holes. By using the same boards, and doing side-grain plugs they should blend fairly well

    - If the nail holes were all at the edges you could maybe rip the boards down to 2" and lop off the nail holes?

    - If you can't hide it, flaunt it. Like Gary said with the dummy screws.

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    Both good ideas guys. The only thing that stands in the way of them is the last guy was not well lets say a perfectionist and just nailed them where ever the nail landed. I would need the screws/plugs to be all the same distance from the edge and to line up nicely.
    Yes I do layout my nails/screws when installing decking. We actually put a 1/4"ish offset between them from one edge to the other so as to not be screwing in the same place in the top of the joist every time.
    Funny thing is we never miss the joist and have to add another nail/screw hole
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    Boards standing vertical, the holes could be covered/camo'ed by a series of shelves at eye level. A hall bench or something below, eye won't catch and wouldn't worry about it. Or, lap siding? Cut the bottom hole off, round over, lap past top holes. Continue on.
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    Just so you can see what we are working with
    First one is the pile
    Second one is a piece after planing
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    I don't usually chime in but I'm retired now with lots of time to comment!!

    I'd go with ripping the holes off. If there is enough lumber. You could end up with either random widths or sort thru the pile for the worst one, rip all to match. ( most wasted wood this way). Having spent all the effort to remove all the holes, I'd T&G them to blind nail to the wall.

    How many sq. ft. of wall do you have to cover? How many sq. ft. of decking?

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