Bringing My Workshop Online #2: Creating Plywood Siding that is No Longer Manufactured

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Blog entry by scarpenter002 posted 03-25-2013 12:38 PM 2229 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Repairing Father's Old Power Miter Saw Part 2 of Bringing My Workshop Online series Part 3: Interior Shop Siding Complete »

5 years ago I started installing plywood siding on the inside of my shop. It is pre-primed 15/32” thick with v-grooves every 4” OC. The thought was that this would make a wall to be able to attach many light weight storage fixtures anywhere on the wall, regardless of stud location, as well as provide for a sturdy surface, as things fell or banged against the wall. Every two months or so, I would pick up 4 to 5 sheets from the big box store, then go home and install them over a weekend or two, as time permitted. Well, 19 sheets in, I started traveling internationally, and eventually moved overseas for a 3 year period. Last year when I arrived home, it was time to pick up where I left off. I went to the big box, and could not find my siding. I went to a half dozen other locations with no luck. Based on research, I found that no manufactures in my area made that thickness of siding any more, nor did they have any siding at all with the same v-grooves 4” OC. So here I am, 5 sheets short, with 19 installed. No way I am going to take down 19 sheets and start over, so I came up with a plan, fir out the studs and use the siding that is 11/32” thick.

I purchased 1/4” lattice and planed it down to 1/8” then stapled it to my studs. (After I derusted my surface planer. Reference previous blog here ) Then I used my new TrackSaw Router Adapter to cut 11 v-grooves per sheet down the entire length. After an hour of setup and 3 more ours of routing, I am back to where I need to be. I have yet to hang the siding, but I am extremely happy to get to this point. The remainder of the shop has all the nail holes filled and is ready for paint. Once complete, then I can move to shop cabinet construction!!!

Here I am in the process of grooving my siding:

You can reference my review of the DeWALT TrackSaw Router Adapter here.

Also utilized the router adapter to add a new rabbit along the edge of one sheet, that I cut down to allow the joint to occur over a stud. It performed flawlessly.

Thanks for reading.

-- Scott in Texas

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 06:09 AM

There’s always a solution if you’re determined enough, isn’t there! Nice work; way to stay on target despite the challenge.

-- Robb

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