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Forum topic by ChrisParks18 posted 11-18-2018 01:42 PM 721 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChrisParks18

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11-18-2018 01:42 PM

Greeting all,..
I am a completely a newbie to woodworking,
I was Interested in making my own log siding,
Any ideas?


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#1 posted 11-18-2018 02:02 PM

cheaper to buy it…. then it all ready to go…. I would not put pine on outside of house anyways :<))

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#2 posted 11-18-2018 02:03 PM

I doubt it would be worth the effort, unless you need a very small quantity.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 11-18-2018 03:16 PM

I’m not seeing a way to make log siding with a tablesaw. You could shiplap the 2×6 on the tablesaw and then use a shaper or router table to round the sides/front. Lots of log homes are built with pine, including mine. You have to design the structure in a way to protect the logs from getting wet. Large overhangs and point the house to avoid gable ends facing toward where the bad weather comes from.

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#4 posted 11-18-2018 04:00 PM

No, it cant

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#5 posted 11-18-2018 05:34 PM

there was a place upnorth, michigan that made and sold what your looking to do. i was fortunate to take a little tour to see how it was made. pretty massive molder/shaper with one helluva dust collector that took care of business real quick.
that didnt didnt start as 2 by 6. started 3 by 6.

if you want to make your own log siding it would be wise to start with pricing out a planer/molder that could do it.

then think about all the trim. how do ya wanna finish window trim and corners?

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#6 posted 11-18-2018 11:46 PM

It is almost never economically or logistically feasible to make an item that is already mass produced by someone else. The economy of scale is too overwhelming, even considering profit margin. I manufactured a few Western Cedar siding replacement boards for my old house because the only new material available is thinner and narrower than the standard when I built the house (see cross section sketch below). I had to buy clear 2×8 material, bevel it and cut a rabbet along one edge. I then had to rough up the facing surface with 60 grit sandpaper used against the grain to simulate the rough cut look of existing planks. It took me about an hour per plank to machine and the material cost was more than double the price of a standard siding plank. I doubt if your efforts to make fake log siding will be any more practical.

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#7 posted 11-19-2018 01:18 AM

Many years ago I went to church with a very old fella that built himself a cabin and used rough cut 1×6 boards for the siding. He did the one at the bottom horizontal and flat against the house. All the ones above that he over lapped by about a half inch to simulate the look of normal siding
I wouldn’t recommend doing this for a house but in a shed or building/coop/barn I don’t see why it wouldn’t work fine

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#8 posted 11-19-2018 10:42 AM

I understand, thanks everyone for the replies and suggestions, I will listen and buy it already finished
Thanks aain

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#9 posted 11-22-2018 01:01 AM

If you’re within driving distance of Caneyville, Kentucky I know someone who sells white pine log-look siding. It has the rounded outer face and is tongue and groove on the top & bottom so it’s easy to install. I believe his price is $1.25 per linear foot. Foley Belsaw makes a cutter for their planers that will cut the profile.

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