Earlier this week I attempted to purchase several pieces of plastering lath in order to close off the large gap in My kitchen wall... The one I had created when I removed some old iron pipes.
I needed three pieces. The store had a lovely bundle of 24, which would be just the ticket if I were, say, constructing a brand new old-fashioned wall. I certainly wasn't in the mood to buy eight times as much as I actually needed.
So today I made My own. I started by cutting up a piece of ¾" plywood I had in the basement. Then I used a chisel to split and plane the strips down to the right thickness:
Plywood is good that way: All I have to do is take out the layers I don't want.
And then, rather than run out to buy suitable short nails, I just cut down some longer galvanized nails I already had:
By cutting on an angle, I also gave the nails a nice point that made them easier to drive. Dare to compare:
This is what the wall looked like after I nailed up the homemade lath:
And this is what it looks like currently, with the base coat of plaster well underway:
Looks like I do need that store, after all: I've run out of plaster. Hopefully they sell it in something smaller than a 50-pound bag.