|Project by rimfire7891||posted 08-11-2013 08:00 PM||2877 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Here’s how to add some value to cedar fence boards.
In our part of the world most cedar fence boards are made from bandsaw split 2×6’s and they have a rough side and a smooth side and can be purchased for $2 to $3.00 each. If you can select from the pile it is possible to get boards with tight knots and maybe even clear. The rough side is usually the best side and any wane is usually on the smooth side corners. If you install the shiplap with the rough to the weather then any bumps/bangs etc or wane is hidden from view. They usually come in 5 or 6 foot lengths and maybe longer. When the boards are bandsaw split they end up not being uniform thickness which is fine for fence but not real good for shiplap. However if you cut the boards as described in the pictures and use the smooth side as datum to run along the table saw fence then the thickness variance is on the weather side when installed and it doesn’t matter.
I requires four cuts and the fence has to be adjusted four times and the blade height adjusted 3 times.
I find that running all the boards through one cut and then repositioning them all for the the second, third and fourth cuts works best. The first two cuts are made with the board positioned vertical to the fence and the third and fourth cuts with board flat on the table.
See the pictures for a better idea.
The picture of the shed is a work in progress as the siding only has primer on it at the moment. The window trim is also primer which was tinted for another job, but it gives an idea what it would look like with a different colour for the trim.
-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.