I'm renovating the exterior of my 100+ year old house this summer. I took off all the aluminum siding and am in the process of sourcing out the trim and clapboards needed for repair. Most of the trim boards will be easy enough to replicate but the cedar clapboards are an unusual dimension.......1/2 X 6 1/8. Let me add that it is NOT beveled. It is 1/2 inch top and bottom....square cut. So if you can picture that....just these simple rectangular shaped boards.
Well, some are cracked as one might expect but enough of them are in good enough shape that I don't really want to re-side the whole house with new beveled stock. I have contacted the local mill, asked them for a price for 200-300 lf. of the dimension I need and have just been told that it would be too expensive. I asked them to run the numbers anyway and give me an actual price and I never got a call back. I thought about planing down 1 X 8 clear cedar but that really would be pricy and I would hate to waste that much good wood. I also thought about splitting 5/4 X 8 on a band saw and hopefully yielding two boards that way.
I wonder if anyone else has run into this issue and if they could help me out. I'm open to using new stock (1/2 X 8 beveled) but I can't imagine how I would get it to look the same. The angle of the kickout would be different.
I'm also open to using a different species such as Southern Yellow Pine since it will be painted but I'm concerned that the pine would not be stable enough for the 5 1/4" exposure.
Any advice will be appreciated.
By the way.....I'm doing this myself regardless of what the solution ends up being. I work in the trades and am acting as my own GC.