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Old 06-23-2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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I am restoring an old victorian house that has a small reveal cedar siding, 2.5" reveal, 3.5" total siding width. I am adding an addition and also need to replace a few of the original pieces and am having trouble finding a source for this siding.

Does anybody have a source for narron cedar siding? The other thought I had was taking 8" wide siding, ripping into 2 pieces and planing down the thicker half.

Any suggestions??

Also, where can I find stainless steel nails for installing the siding and any tips on the best quality calk for sealing small splits and sealing along window trim, etc..?

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does the siding have any sort of bevel on the flat or is the thickness of the siding the same on bottom and top?

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Any real lumber yard should have flat and tapered siding, they also should have the SS siding nails.
If you buy clear grade siding there will be no cracks or knots to fill.
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The existing siding is beveled siding with a 2.5" reveal.
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Around here the options are usually 8" or 10" bevel cedar siding in terms of in stock acailability... Anything else is often a special order which can get expensive if you only need a few pieces. Your best plan may be to rip down 8", for example, and plane it as you suggested yourself if you only need a small amount and of your local timber yards do. It have exactly what you need.

Edit: appears my iPhone thinks it can spell better than me ... I forget now what the last part was supposed to say.
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Use 8" + stock siding and re-cut it to 3 1/2" wide.
Build a jig for your planer to reflect the bevel desired and clamp it in place on the planer bed. Run a few small test pieces and "Bobs ya Uncle"
Make sure you plane off the back side so that both finished surface match.
Use stainless nails.
I use a latex / silicone blend caulk and have no problems. There is a reason that some caulks are more expensive than others. They are better at holding up to temperature changes and shrinkage..........spend it now or later.
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bandsaw can get you there too Bob
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I wanted the siding on my garage to match the 2.5 inch reveal on the house. I decided to use and 8 inch fiber cement and rip it into two pieces. The fiber cement looks good next to the houses cedar siding, is cheaper, takes paint well and I think will last about the same. There is no taper to the fiber cement, but you can't tell if there is a taper once it is up. The bad side is that it is terrible to rip fiber cement and then prime the cut ends.
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Thanks for the replies.

I think I will take the advice to rip 8" cedar siding and plane down the thicker half to match.

Also plan to use SS nails along with oil base primer and hi quality silicone calk.
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Do not use straight silicone caulking, it will not take paint or stain.
I think he was talking about siliconize latex caulking.
Just read the lable it will say right on it "Paintable".
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Have you even asked a lumber yard yet? Mine doesn’t stock it but can certainly get it. Most metro areas will have at least one supplier a lumber yard (not you) has access to that stocks the less common profiles.

If you had a band saw you could get two pieces out of a 1x4 (5/4x4 if you need a full 3/4") but you would still have to round over the butt with a router.

Uncle Bobs planer plan is wasting a lot of Cedar, unless you have a good use for Cedar shavings because you’ll end up with a big a$$ pile.

If your lumber yard can't hook you up then just get 1x6 beveled siding, rip 2” off the top and be done with it.

Polyurethane caulking such as Quad is what you want to use, not silicone. Make sure you have rag and some thinner close by because the stuffs a mess if it ends up where you don’t want it.

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