Like a lot of people, I started woodworking using any materials I could get my broke little hands on. That meant a lot of reclaimed materials – fence boards, pallets, construction material, and boards I found out by a factory a few miles from my house. I learned to love that rough texture and create unique rustic pieces using my found treasures. Eventually I branched into purchasing reclaimed barn boards, a material I still use from time to time. Once again, texture was king. There’s just something cool about that unique rough sawn look, isn’t there? But one thing those boards were never good for was creating large panel-type builds.
Like this one.
Flash forward to a conference I attended in 2017. There I had the chance to see rough sawn plywood made by PureBond.
You read that right. PureBond, maker of the plywood I love to build with because of its high-grade quality, had produced a rough sawn, textured ply.
It was love at first sight.
The boards were not in production yet at that time. In fact, they only just hit stores this month. You can get them at The Home Depot.
But I was fortunate enough to get my greedy little hands on them early and use them in my mudroom build.
I love how the textured wood contrasts with and just sings next to the smooth white panels (also PureBond, of course). And when the sun hits them it’s like angelic choirs break into joyous refrain. Okay, maybe that’s going a tad bit too far, but not much.
Like the rest of PureBond’s plywood, including the ply I used to construct the rest of this mudroom, the rough sawn panels are formaldehyde free, so I feel good about putting them in my home.
The rough sawn project panels come in birch and red oak. The ones I used are birch. I stained them using a mixture of Country Pine by General Finishes and Reclamation by Weatherwood Stains. Next, I topped them with Weatherwood’s White Maintenance Oil, which lightened the finish a bit and created a nice protective layer.
I love how the panels bring out that rustic vibe that I want in my little farmhouse inspired mudroom, and perfectly balance the glam that the fixtures, wallpaper, and finishes bring in.
So how does the rough sawn ply compare with actual barn boards? Take a look. For the shoe trays I used the textured plywood to form the base and barn wood boards for the sides.
The interior of the cabinet itself is also made with the rough sawn material, something that would have been very difficult to do with any material but plywood.
A huge thank you to PureBond for the chance to share this awesome new product with you. Though PureBond was kind enough to sponsor this, my opinions are strictly and always my own. If you have any questions I am happy to answer them. You can also find more information about PureBond’s rough sawn project panels here.