One of the things that I wanted to demonstrate in this project was that it is worthwhile reusing materials. By carefully deconstructing the original house I was left with quite a large stack of weatherboards. The question was, what was the best way to make use of them? One idea that I considered was to line the ceiling with them in the bedrooms.
Removing the paint from would be a huge job, so I decided to flip them over and use the underside. It was suggested that I just give them a light sand to clean them up before fitting them. This would have been appropriate if I was to paint them, but when I discovered what was underneath the dirt I decided to go the whole hog and expose the timber. The boards were sanded initially using a belt sander with medium grade paper (28 hours work). After that the edge was trimmed off (7 hours). Then they were cut, given a finishing sand using an orbital sander with a finer grade of paper and fit into place (40 hours).