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oak lap siding?
« on: February 09, 2009, 12:39:58 PM »
Hello, we are planning to use the house plans in Jack Sobon's book, Build a Classic Timber Framed House.  It calls for 1/2" x 6" lap siding. We plan to saw everything from our woodlot of mostly red oak, white oak and post oak.
Can you make lap siding from oak? If you stack and air dry it will it stay straight and not twist too bad?   

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 02:01:54 PM »

  Put it up green.  It will dry in place just as good.
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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 09:05:41 PM »

  Put it up green.  It will dry in place just as good.

Or better...  If it does sit around before going up sticker and weight it well.
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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009, 04:16:19 PM »
Hey, thanks for the info. Out of my three choices, red oak, post oak, and white oak, which would make the best siding? Also which one would make the best flooring?

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2009, 04:31:32 PM »
I think they would all make good flooring and siding.  If it were me, though, I would use the post oak and white oak for the siding, since their heartwood is more rot-resistant, and red oak for the flooring because it's not quite as hard on your planers and shapers.
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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009, 06:52:33 PM »
I think they would all make good flooring and siding.  If it were me, though, I would use the post oak and white oak for the siding, since their heartwood is more rot-resistant, and red oak for the flooring because it's not quite as hard on your planers and shapers.
thats exactly my thoughts also
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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2009, 08:49:54 PM »
I'm currently cutting siding for my MIL's little house- using denim pine and cedar with tulip poplar for the trim on the windows, doors and corners.  Just ordered 15 gallons of Woodguard from Logfinish.com and while discussing colors and what they do to various woods, was told that oak does NOT take to their product (or vice versa).  Something to think about before you invest a lot of time and/or money: make sure whatever stain and treatment you plan on using will work with the wood you want to use, maybe by trying a sample first?

Anyway, best of luck- sure wish I had a bunch of white oak to cut up: love to make stuff with it, expecially stuff made out of wood...

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2009, 08:03:45 PM »
By what method are you going to make the lap.  I did ship lap on by 14 by 24' shed using one inch hemlock. The mill couldn't cut laps so I did it myself. I had a small Dewalt table saw with a dado cutter mounted on. Rigged up a long table at waist height and started feeding boards.

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2017, 06:41:40 PM »
 May I wake this one up after all these years 💤💤💤💤, please.

Would someone tell me how it worked out, and whether or not the siding needs to be beveled?  We also have a lot of white oak, red Oak, and miscellaneous hardwoods, 175 ac forested, on our property to use.

There doesn't seem to be total agreement on the use of green wood no matter what the use--anyone care to change their opinion on that regarding siding?

Flooring green, esp if quarter sawn?  I know there are opinions elsewhere, I just want to see if it worked out for this poster.

 Thanks, I hope someone sees this.

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2017, 11:09:05 PM »
Siding is ok green but not flooring.  Unless you like gaps in your floor.
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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2017, 03:14:27 AM »
 I was afraid you'd say that.  You and Don P have been talking about me behind my back, haven't you?  Here I am trying to save green (and time) by using green, and you guys won't agreen with me.

Redeem yourself by coming over and giving us a nice review on our fried chicken. 🐓🐓🐔🐔

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2017, 10:35:31 AM »
Fried chicken solves all problems.  Green floors - GOOD!  It's easy to sweep the floor when there's big gaps. 
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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2017, 12:10:50 PM »
then I would not need central vac

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2017, 12:20:03 PM »
nah your doing this wrong. plumb the central vac to use the cracks in the floor. Flip a switch let it go for a few minutes shut it off. Housecleaning done.

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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2017, 12:44:29 PM »
 if I made the cracks big enough, it would work in the restaurant for those truly truly obnoxious customers as well" yes ma'am, the complaint department is downstairs".

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2017, 02:16:32 PM »
At these thicknesses in red oak or poplar the boards will be ready or well on their way for siding by the time you get built, trimmed out and ready. I've tried to bend nature to my will before. with siding the sun is hitting the exposed face and drying it extremely fast. The backside is in the shade up against housewrap, moisture is escaping, sort of.  recipe for cupping, which it has done when I tried green siding. 5/8 x 6 poplar square board lap siding is pretty much the norm here. Much thicker than that and the carpenter bees begin to eye the bottom edge as room enough to tunnel into. flooring needs to finish in a kiln.

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2017, 02:42:36 PM »
The Carpenter bees love our log cabin restaurant, that's for sure.  But our nearby house is cedar sided, and I've seen no bees there.   interesting point about the thickness.   Poplar is typically very wet when it's cut, right?  We have to stick to Cedar, or one of the oaks, all of which we have in huge abundance.

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« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2017, 02:48:02 PM »
 Want to have some fun, shoot those Carpenter bees with a BB gun. I had about a 10% success rate last time I tried, it goes up when they're in love.   They burst ever so beautifully when they're hit.

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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2017, 04:35:46 AM »
How about Kaswell.com, their "end laid" type flooring (it's just 1 of their many products)?  Does anyone have any experience with that?

It was used in a mall near here according to that site, going to check what it looks like.

It does not appear to require tongue and groove.  Green, I'm not sure.

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Re: oak lap siding?
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2017, 07:03:52 AM »
Great thread revival!  8)

About to put up a building and would like to saw my siding also.

Anyone comment on Woodmizer's attachment for this?

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