Cedar Siding

The past few weekends have been devoted mostly to creating and installing siding on Arborion. Here’s a look at how it went.

Two weeks after the cedar boards were shaped into Dutch lap siding they had dried enough to plane the outer surface for a smoother finish.

Final surface planing of the siding

Final surface planing of the siding

Loaded down and ready to haul the siding home

Loaded down and ready to haul the siding home

After hauling them home, I sorted the boards into several categories involving colors and quality. This way I could make best use of siding and disperse the shades of the wood evenly across the walls.

Sorting the siding boards by color and quality

Sorting the siding boards by color and quality

Several of the cedar siding boards I purchased wider than the others. These were stained dark to create a trim for both the top and bottom of the wall sections that received siding.

Stained cedar siding trim

Stained cedar siding trim

The bottom cedar siding/trim had to start just below the trailer bed and the top cedar siding/trim had to begin at a specific location as well.

Installing the wider stained siding as trim at the bottom of the walls

Installing the wider stained siding as trim at the bottom of the walls

The rest of the siding was spaced evenly and installed with about a 5-1/8″ reveal. This precise distance required some careful figuring on a story pole to figure out. Accurate measuring and chalk lines helped to create a consistent spacing.

First few courses of siding in place

First few courses of siding in place

Fitting siding around the window trim

Fitting siding around the window trim

Carefully figuring out the double ended notching that will go between the windows

Carefully figuring out the double ended notching that will go between the windows

Careful fit

Careful fit

Snug fit

Snug fit

Siding at the porch and door

Siding at the porch and door

Finishing up the front porch siding

Finishing up the front porch siding

Porch ceiling

Porch ceiling

Porch ceiling oiled

Porch ceiling oiled

Once the siding was installed on the rest of the walls I rubbed them down with boiled linseed oil. The result was beautiful cedar-clad walls.

Oiling the siding

Oiling the siding

Insulating wall complete and oiled with boiled linseed oil

Insulating wall complete and oiled with boiled linseed oil

Careful finish work with the trim

Careful finish work with the trim

Work on the bathroom wall had to wait because of the window repairs and the building of a utility shed over the trailer tongue that needed to come first.

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4 thoughts on “Cedar Siding

  1. Raymond

    It is a good thing that you did all this when you were young enough to withstand It? I would have one foot in the grave if I tried to do what you are doing in this Florida heat! But I can really see it is going to be worth all the work in the end! Great job!

  2. You are right about the heat Raymond. And if I do this right, it will indeed be a once in a lifetime event. By the way, I’ve already purchased the small AC unit that will keep us cool when we get to the interior work.

  3. Zanthan, great job! I am wondering how your siding behaves now (after 2-3 years) as it looks like it had lots of knots in it and I believe it was moving a bit with temperature change?

    • Hello Alex, The siding is still in good shape although I’ve since resealed it with Thompson Watersealer for good measure. I was noticing a little bit of mildew beginning at the edges of the shakes. The movement and warping has been minimal. I used quite a few SS screws to hold it all in place.

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