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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/01/2020 :  8:51:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
During my recent builds when roof shingling, I'm directing modelers to different links of mine, on the RR-Line Forum for the How-to.
I decided to post this How-to thread for easier finding.

I use Red Cedar Grilling Wraps for my shake shingles. This method will make authentic looking HO scale barn shakes. "Barn Shakes" were a little thicker, and sometimes a wavier version of hand-split shakes, and were often a bit longer being 24" as opposed to 18", so you could get a little more coverage per square. Using a standard paper cutter I slice through the Cedar Wraps real easy. You could use a hobby knife and ruler if you choose. Cut the Cedar Wraps with the grain when cutting your strips, slicing the sheets into random width strips, averaging around 3/32" in width. Next using some black construction paper, put a sheet of wax paper underneath to protect the surface of your workspace while gluing.
Spread white glue evenly over the construction paper, working about 3" at a time so the glue doesn't set too soon on you. Lay the strips out side by side, pressing them into the glue. Try to maintain a parallel pattern, but don't worry about small gaps between the strips. Small gaps will allow black to show through and enhance the natural appearance of the shakes. You don't want the strips to be so tightly together that they visibly blend in with each other. This would defeat the purpose of having individual looking shingles. Once all your strips are glued down, with a damp rag wipe lengthwise across the finished sheet, apply firm pressure. This will help to wipe off any excess glue, as well as flatten out your strips.
Now, place a sheet of wax paper over the top of the shakes, and cover with as much weight as necessary. The white glue bond is stronger when clamped together. Allow enough time to totally dry, overnight is the best time. Once the sheet is thoroughly dry, cut across the grain into uniform width strips to make your shingles. Approximately 1/4" wide, or 3/16" depending on how much overlap you plan on using or wanting for your structure. Cutting at a 3/32" width will give you an overlap of approx. 8" in HO scale, and would be appropriate for houses. Barns and industrial buildings could get away with a bit more.
Before applying the shingle strips to the roof, the strips may have a tendency to curve as the glue dried. To straighten them out, and also to create a small gap between the shakes for appearance, lay them out flat and slightly reverse the curve with even finger pressure across the strip. Trim each strip to length, and test fit before applying glue. Using white glue, apply glue evenly to the back of the strips, and press them into place. Drawing a series of parallel lines 3/32Ē apart on each roof surface will help to maintain even rows. Make any necessary corrections as you get closer to the ridge. When you come to the top row of shingles, at the peak of the roof, glue two pieces of stripwood to both sides of the roof peak to finish it off, or you can cap off the top as you choose, with individual shingles, or even just use a piece of square stripwood placed down the center groove of the roof, in-between the two sides of the roof shake rows where they meet at the top. The gable ends should be sanded to a uniform overhang. Spread super glue to the underside of the eaves before sanding to prevent the end shakes from splitting off.
Pictures below show the cedar wraps used, and the steps taken for cutting the shingles.
Also, Two examples of my homemade cedar roofing builds:
















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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  08:56:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Excellent idea Lou. Another thing you can do is wire brush the finished roof panel to bring out the grain and round off the edges.


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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  09:03:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Excellent idea Lou. Another thing you can do is wire brush the finished roof panel to bring out the grain and round off the edges.



Thanks Frank for the added useful information, great idea!



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  09:14:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the tutorial, Louis.


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Pennman
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  10:05:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Louis,

Thanks for putting up this useful information. Like I said before, you have a treasure-trove of useful ideas and great tutorials, thanks for sharing.

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Dutchman
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  10:21:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great info, Lou. Thanks for doing this.


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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  11:30:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the tutorial, Louis.

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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  4:09:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your all welcome, and hope this helps and makes it easier in finding this how-to when needed.


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Hank8404
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  4:43:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great tutorial Lou. Thank you!


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Rick
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  5:30:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for posting that Louis.
I'll have to move this the The Classroom.



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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  6:22:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Hank8404

Great tutorial Lou. Thank you!



Thanks for your comment Hank.



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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  6:25:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Rick

Thanks for posting that Louis.
I'll have to move this the The Classroom.






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BigLars
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  6:29:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will be using this at some point in time. Thanks Louis,


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Orionvp17
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  6:40:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another great SBS, Louis! Thanks for sharing!

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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  10:16:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by BigLars

I will be using this at some point in time. Thanks Louis,



quote:
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Another great SBS, Louis! Thanks for sharing!

Pete
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Thank you Larry and Pete. Much appreciated.



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