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How to pull siding nails without damaging log siding

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I have a building with expensive log siding. I need to remove several rows of siding, and reinstall them later. The siding is attached to the studs with siding nails. The nail heads are either flush or slightly below the surface.

Normally I would use a cats paw, but doing so here will gouge the wood--either slightly or pretty bad. I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with a way to get those nails out without damaging the wood. Prying the pieces out is not an option. This is tongue-and-groove siding.

I'm hoping someone out there has a clever trick for this...
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If you can reach them, you can go under the siding and cut the nails off with an oscillating saw, and a metal-cutting blade. Done hundreds of those with lap siding. Max reach about 2". More difficult with a hack blade in a sawzall, but that gets the reach up to about 10".
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