Live Edge Siding

Live Edge SidingAn option for siding you may have seen but not known much about is live edge siding. Brian Liloia, a.k.a. Ziggy, is putting some on a strawbale home he’s building and recently shared the photo above on his blog.

Live edge siding is basically boards that have not been cut strait on one side.Ziggys Porch with the natural curves of the tree. You probably won’t find this kind of wood at any big box home improvement store, but through specialty suppliers or directly from the folks that milled the boards.

It takes a bit of care to cut boards like this so you might expect to pay a bit more for them. I know that seems counter intuitive because technically speaking the board is not fully cut. But any robot sawmill can cut strait boards; only someone with a careful eye can masterfully cut lengths of boards with a wild edge like this and still keep them useable as siding – covering the walls without gaps while still providing nice natural lines.

But it’s hard to argue that the extra time, money, and effort isn’t worth it… the final product is very appealing and really gives the home a unique personality.

Source: www.tinyhousedesign.com

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Need siding options for shed

A friend just accepted a job offer in another state. The conditions were that he start immediately, so he has left his wife and small children to sell the house.
He has an unfinished shed in the back that is 100 square feet floor space and sheathed with OSB. It is about 9 feet tall on the sides. His original plan was to side it with cedar. I'd like to finish this project for him at a lower cost than the cedar (their finances are modest), but better than painting over OSB.
I'm inexperienced with siding, but I know how to measure, cut, and caulk.
What options are available?
Thanks much.

Recycling deck

I am about to rebuild my deck and replace the existing ugly PT 2x6 boards with either cedar (2x6 boards) or brazilian redwood 1x4(boards) - but I would like to recycle the pt pine boards.
They are well aged - probably 10 to 15 years, and lost the greenish tone - almost look like bare pine, after I powerwash to remove the paint that was covering them.
I would like to rip them - actually "slice" at height(1/3/4"), so I can make use it as siding for a yard tool shed. Some boards are about 14' and get smaller as they are laid at 45 degrees on a 10x25 deck.
Can this be done on a 10" table saw - it's a ryobi bt3000, or I risk way too many troubles?
Is there any way to do it?

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