Making Cedar Shakes

kahlanneMay 20, 2011

We have a really dated large sunroom that while not visually appealing is in good stuctural shape. The previous owners installed it from a kit, basic white "faux wood" siding (sorry don't know the name) with dark brown aluminum trim and windows. We priced replacing the entire structure but it would cost us $30,000 to get a newer version of what we have. Not only is that out of budget but we also want something more visually appealing. My hubby came up with the idea of covering the siding on there now with cedar shakes cut to size from long cedar boards. We can't find cedar shakes locally and the cost is too much online. I picked up 10 cedar boards, 1/2" thick X 5"wide X 8' long, from Home Depot at $2 a piece to try out. Dh wants to cut and overlapp like premade cedar shakes. The panels that we will cover are not all the same size so we will cut the shakes to fit each panel overlapping as we go up the wall. I think this will look great combined with replacing the door and two broken window panes. (THanks hurricane and kids.) However, is there some reason this will not work? Anything we need to know before starting? The boards I purchased had more vertical grain than horizonal since I read it warps less, correct or not? The sunroom doesn't have much of an overhange to protect the cedar but we plan on letting it age slightly and then sealing.

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I very much doubt that you could efficiently make your own shakes, from Home Depot's lumber, for less than you can buy them. You should keep looking.

We don't know enough about the existing structure to tell you whether the plan will work. I'm especially wondering whether there's anything under the current siding that will hold a nail.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 4:34PM
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Shakes are normally split from the log in a 'quarter sawed' fashion.

Any wood you purchase will have a lot of flat sawed and NOT look the same.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 9:25AM
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