Ever since the lovely Chip and Joanna Gaines aired their super-famous HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” the world has gone into a Shiplap frenzy. Maybe you’re one of them (not judging). Whether you have now ‘shiplapped’ every floor and ceiling of your home or you don’t understand the phenomenon, let’s take a little lesson in woodworking and explain what “Shiplap” actually is.
OK, SO WHAT IS IT ACTUALLY?
By definition, shiplap means- fit (boards) together by halving so that each overlaps the one below.
SO SHIPLAP IS A JOINT- NOT A PRODUCT?
Yes, though because of the Fixer Upper phenomenon, people use the term to describe the “look” that they want- horizontal wall paneling with a slight gap in the overlapping joint. What people are really wanting is wall paneling, which can be fit together with a butt-joint, a ship-lap joint, or tongue and grooved.
SEE US TALK SHIPLAP ON THE JASON SHOW
If you learned what shiplap meant for the first time today you are not alone! Watch this funny segment from the 2016 Minneapolis Home + Garden show when the Jason Show asked show participants what they thought shiplap was. After striking out on an answer time and time again, they finally found our booth and we helped them out!