11:33AM | 09/20/06
Member Since: 09/19/06
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Greetings, fellow nail-banging fools! I'm in New England, and am into a siding job on a 90+ year-old house. I'm stripping and replacing one wall of the house, and have a question about a window detail. We're doing Cedar shingles, 'squared and re-jointed' Reds.

Originally the course of shingles hitting at the tops of the windows ran down a 1/2" onto the windows' header trim and band-mould. This was done in lieu of lead or tin flashing for shedding of rain, etc. It seems to have worked very well, as I find no notable damage to the 'barn-board' sheathing of the wood trim.

However, in trying to replace the detail, I'm having a hard time bending the cedars from the top of the window trim back into it's course on the wall without splitting them! I'm dealing with a 3/4" jog over a distance of 5".

This is a technique no longer often used around here, and I don't personally know anyone who has done it. I've tried soaking them in water, and one older gentleman put it down the grapevine to soak them in vegetable oil. No dice yet.

The Red Cedar appears to be fairly impermeable to getting 'logged' with anything liquid- great, since they're being used for siding a house! But my question is, does anyone have a technique for bending red Cedars to make a transition of 3/4" inch- over a distance of 5"- without splitting them?

"Whatever we do, it is what it is, and we do it."

-The Grubs.
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