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Old 04-13-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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I'm considering the idea of taking $.50 pieces of 2"x4"x4' or 2"x6"x4' pine and ripping it vertically into planks that I can use as siding to cover the outside of a playhouse. I'm trying to do this the cheapest way I can that is sturdy, looks pretty good, and will last. Any thoughts on the feasibility of this idea of creating my own siding? Thanks-
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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howzabout find a roofing company in town that's replacing a roof,,, you can get ALL the used shingles you want for FREE personally i think you're spinning your wheels
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...yeah really. Just pick a siding and go with it.
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Are you shooting for board and batten siding?
2x4 battens (5/8ths by 3.5") and 2x6 boards?
How do you plan on ripping the 2x4's
Most homeowner grade table saws struggle to make a full depth cut through a 2x4.
It's feasable but not very nice on the saw and you'll end up with an inferior product. Studs aren't exactly weather resistant.

I think you'll have much better success looking for some free siding scraps on craigslist.
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You'll need a resaw band saw or a contractor grade table saw for this little endeavor.
As long as you have the time and patience go for it.
Vertical or horizontal ?
Spruce? Pine? Redwood? Cypress?

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board & batten?

lodge pole pine is used because you can get good long pieces 16' easily. the knots are all injected with hardener. the backside of the boards should have two parallel 1/2" wide 1/4" deep cove groved out of it so that air can travel up the backside of the board to dry it out. the boards are each sprayed with high grade exterior paint and the face is sprayed a second time.

as you install board and batten it is important to know how your boards will shrink and expand through the seasons with respect to your nailing pattern. the idea here is to not let your boards split. if you have to butt two boards together to get the length you require on the wall, the ends should be mitered to 45deg and installed such that the water does not get trapped there but rather just gravity drains out.

wrap house in tyvec. strap house horizontally with 1x3 spruce.

use stainless steel ring shanked nails. nails must penetrate 1" into solid wood (which is your strap + house framing, the chip board house sheathing doesn't count). you'll need a lot of them & two different lengths

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