Suggestions for using reclaimed cedar siding?

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Forum topic by HandyHousewife posted 12-19-2017 02:09 AM 730 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2017 02:09 AM

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It came down pretty well, and I’m trying to figure out if there is something I can use it for. It never had anything on it (no old paint or sealant), so it’s ready for whatever.

Is there anything in particular it would be good for? Each board is about 7’ long 1×12. I’d have to trim off the part that was nailed through, so probably more like a 1×10 when it’s done. I have 6 or 8 of them I think.

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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#1 posted 12-19-2017 12:01 PM

Make an outdoor bench. I too have a load of used & discarded cedar and so when I decide that I want to do more sitting it will become a park bench.

I’ve used smaller pieces to make miniature “lumber” and shakes, and from these I’ve made miniature clapboard buildings and houses for holiday displays. This isn’t my favorite work but (a) my wife was threatening to BUY similar buildings from a catalog, and (b) this was a practical introduction to post & beam construction techniques.

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#2 posted 12-19-2017 01:23 PM

I know a guy who builds incredible birdhouses, and he uses a lot of reclaimed cedar shake shingles cut down to make little shingles for his birdhouses. They look great.

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