How to Use Pine for Siding


Pine is a coniferous or cone-earing tree that produces strong, attractive wood. You can use pine wood for exterior siding on a house or other building like garages or sheds. Pine siding is available as half logs with tongue and groove connections or flat panels with the same connections or with straight edge. You can easily use pine for siding in any of your construction projects by following a few simple and straightforward woodworking steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pine siding
  • Saw
  • Miter saw
  • Stud finder
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Scrap wood
  • Wood trim
  • Check the sides of the building where you want to install the pine siding. Make sure there is no moisture and no nails sticking out that could get in the way during installation.

  • Measure the length of the wall to be covered with the tape measure and make note of the size. If the siding is to go around corners, you will have to miter the ends of the pine to make clean joints.

  • Cut the pine siding with a saw to the correct lengths and label each piece after you cut it so you can easily find where it goes later. Use a miter to create 45-degree angles on the pieces that meet at the corners.

  • Find all of the beams inside the walls using a stud finder. Mark each beam along the entire height so you can see the mark even after you start attaching the siding.

  • Hold the first piece of siding against the wall along the lowest point of installation and nail it in place. Drive a nail through each piece of siding at every beam and in between the beams at 3-inch intervals.

  • Place the next piece above the first and push it down to engage the groove and tongue joints on the pine. If your pine siding has no groove and tongue joint, just overlap the upper piece by at least 1 inch over the lower piece.

  • Wedge a piece of scrap pine around the tongue on the upper piece of siding and tap it down with a hammer. Keep doing this until the pieces are joined tightly.

  • Nail the second piece of pine onto the wall in the same way you did with the first. If you are using pine with no tongue and groove joints, make sure you drive nails through the overlapped portion.

  • Attach the remaining piece of pine in the same way until you reach the top of the wall, then finish any other sides in the same way. Cover raw edges around windows and doors using wood trim and nails.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can paint or stain pine in the same way you would any other wooden siding material for the exact finish you want.
  • Do not use wet or damaged pine for siding; it will become moldy or rotten.

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