We have a 1909 California bungalow-style home in the Pasadena area that we're getting ready to repaint. The exterior consists of wood siding, some of which is damaged and ought to be replaced.

Here is link to a shot of the end profile of one of the boards:


Each board is 30" long, about 5-1/4" wide and about 0.6" thick. I don't think there's any overall bevel to the board, though there are V notches and ridges cut on alternate sides so that they fit together. I don't know the species of the wood, but it doesn't feel all that dense.

Any thoughts on how to do a nice job on replacing these? I assume this particular profile is no longer common. Any ideas on what wood species would have been used in this area at that time? We have a planer and routers, so I don't mind making custom boards if I can find a router bit that would cut the right angle on the V notch.

P.S. This is my first post, and the system wouldn't allow me to upload the picture even when I saved a small version about 60KB in size. The FAQ says the max size should be stated in the upload dialog, but I didn't see anything there. As a new member am I even allowed to upload pictures?