Hello. I want to reside this old house with cedar shakes, but price won't allow it. I have a bunch of red oak in my woodlots and a band-mill. My thought is to saw out 1/2" boards from the oak, let the boards dry til fall and then crosscut into lengths of 18" and bump out the bottom course and using stainless screws/nails hang them like shakes. It might look OK to let them weather, but I'm curious if there is an affordable product that I could preserve the color and wood with.