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Posted by John 2000 on October 16th, 1999 06:44 AM
In reply to Cedar Siding - mitre joints by Don on October 15th, 1999 11:48 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi", Don,
You have a 100 things that are againest you when you
try to cut a joint like you want on a courner..
Even when you have finished, and it looks good...but it
will only look good for about a week, I've had many jobs
where the client says "It will look nice if you do it that
way with nice bevel mitre joints...
"If you want tip from me" dont do will never come right
in the end..., What I do and tell the client why, is on each of
the courners, I fix a square timber,then cut the overlapping boards
off at the ends, then butt between to the square timbers, on the four
sides of the building.
People will not look at the hard work thats gone in to makeing a beautifull
joint they ony look to see if it looks nice..and when it dont, well.?
What I do is this:
take the two planks.then over lapp them as you would if you where fitting them
messure the thickness where they overlap, call that "say" 1"1/2"??
the get some square plained timber (same material as the planks) in your case
cedar, allow 1/2" or 3/8" more to the 1"1/2" making it 2"1/4" square, then fix
2"1/4" x 2"1/4" to the four courners of the building (as I've said) the start at
bottom fix the first plank,then fix the next plank, and you will see, where they
overlap the suare courner timbers will stand out a little,and you have a good tight
fit, do that on one side of the building, the start on the next side,and you can keep
all the planks in line, by just following the overlap..
Doors/windows, "problems" "no". you can fix a plained timber "again" 2"1/4" X 3/4"or 1"
its up to you if it looks right,screw this timber around the window fix to the frame
and do the same to the door,(fix to the frame)so when you come to the "upright your door/window
you just cut the plank to the size between the courner and the window/door, and so on, and so on.
Remember to fit some waterproofing material behind all the upright timbers, so water cant be blown
in between... I hope you can follow what I've wrote..
Best of Luck..
John 2000


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