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post #1 of 4 Old 06-12-2018, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Exterior Trim - Need Advice

I need to replace rotten exterior trim boards on my house, 2x8 and 2x10, 16 of them and each about 16 feet in length. I want to match the chiseled/scalloped ones in the picture below (near the right window, running vertically on the left edge of the right stucco half and running along the base of the left stucco half), but am having trouble finding a local lumber yard willing or able to do it. Any thoughts on how the existing ones were done or how and with what tools I can reproduce the chiseled/scalloped effect on new ones would be much appreciated.
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You might end up having to make the wood yourself. I've never seen anything like that on the market. Depending on how much wood you need you might get a adze or if not so much a large woodcarvers gouge. I would recommend using pressure treated wood so you never have to replace the boards again. https://www.honestabe.com/hand-hewn-logs/
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An angle grinder and a coarse flap wheel, or a carving disc. Have fun!
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have you considered using a High Density Urethane (HDU) foam product ??
easy to sculpt, holds paint as well or better than wood, much, much lighter
to work with. comes in 4x8' sheet. extremely easy to cut and join together.
and it will never-ever rot !!!
pressure treated wood is extremely notorious for not holding paint.

once you get your plan of attack down, go up to the scalloped wood and take
some close up photos and print them out on a printer. this will give you the
reference you need in order to closely match the rest of the trim.
depending on what part of the country you are in, the HDU is available from
sign supply distributors. very highly recommend this product.
an install option would be for you to fabricate the trim boards to your satisfaction,
prime and paint accordingly, and pay a handyman or contractor to remove the existing
boards and install the new ones with construction adhesive and stainless screws.
from the looks of things, it may involve a man lift or scaffolding -
which may be beyond your skill level and comfort zone.
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