Cedar Shakes

This part of the project, like many others, I had never attempted before. It seemed simple enough, but I was not sure how steep the learning curve would be. In the end, I found that the entire process was fun and easy. With a little research and planning the rest only required time and common sense. It is a slow process, but the look adds so much character.

The undercourse - first row of a double row

The undercourse – first row of a double row

Extending the undercourse

Extending the undercourse

Initial double row complete

Initial double row complete

Fitting shakes around the gable window trim

Fitting shakes around the gable window trim

Gable shakes completed

Gable shakes completed

Starting the dormer shakes

Starting the dormer shakes

Continued the shakes tight between the two trims and up to the soffit

Continued the shakes tight between the two trims and up to the soffit

Dormer shakes completed

Dormer shakes completed

Dormer shakes oiled

Dormer shakes oiled

Here are some helpful tips I learned and used as I worked with my shakes.

  • I recommend using a continuous underlayment (tar paper, house wrap, storm guard, etc.).
  • Start with a double row at the bottom of a new section.
  • Leave 1/8″ gaps for expansion.
  • Use two nails per shake whenever possible.
  • Pre-drill the nail holes to prevent cracking.
  • Unless you are trying to achieve a specific pattern, alternate between wide and thin, dark and light shakes.
  • Keep the distance between courses consistent and level.
Arborion is looking more like a home with each passing weekend

Arborion is looking more like a home with each passing weekend

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Categories: Tiny Home: Arborion | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Cedar Shakes

  1. Daniel

    Looks so amazing!

  2. Pingback: Cedar Shakes Addendum | Verdant Passages

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