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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.