It’s been twelve years now since I first discovered Jay Shaffer and his Tumbleweed Homes. I fell in love with his simple, honest designs and use of good quality wood. Using cedar as my main exterior was locked in from the beginning in part from his iconic Tumbleweed look.
Cedar siding can get expensive, but at least it’s a tiny house with tiny walls. As a general idea, estimate about $2 per square foot of cedar siding. I chose to order cedar boards rather than cedar siding because there was only one profile option available locally, and it was not what I was looking for. So it was back to my Dad’s workshop to make our own.
I took some time to turn the best face up and choose a top and bottom.
The first pass is set up to cut the cove that will be at the top, front face of the siding. Then comes the the rabbit or notch for the bottom, back face of the siding. This allows them to interlock, or lap, and shed water.