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Working through this build thread, seems to be taking longer than building the blooming thing!

It was time to start cladding. I was using what I think is tongue and groove log-lap, treated of course. Each piece was measured and cut accordingly. Starting obviously at the bottom, I cut the lower groove off. I allowed for a small 2mm ish gap underneath the cladding to the verandah support, just to let a bit of air to circulate really, and help the endless fight against rot.

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In hindsight, I probably haven't done this the best way, but having never done anything like this before I was starting with little to no knowledge. I lined the 3x2 studwork doorway with left over 18mm plywood. It can be seen clamped in position for screwing to the 3x2. I needed this in place to measure accurately as the cladding would go up to this edge.

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Cladding is the easy and satisfying part. As I said, each length was cut to size specifically for the position, but in fairness there was little to choose from the bottom to top.

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I have previously cut a windowsill to sit under the window frame. I also started on the door frame.

To secure the cladding, I used torx-head deck screws, with a pilot hole in the cladding to maintain a clean and tidy look. I created a template for the pilot holes so all the screws were in the same location. I have been enjoying using simple little templates like this, and it really does make things quicker and better looking.

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More cladding ...

This was a satisfying part of the build, as it was possible to see real progress, with what felt like very little effort, compared to what I had to expend on the frames, floors and roof!

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At the apex of the front of the cabin, I made a cardboard template to help me get the size and shape pf the final piece. To assist with fitting, I was going to trim trim part of the tongue on the inside edge, but it wasn't necessary, as I could J-J-Jiggle it it. It was obviously secured with screws anyway.

Cutting the 30degree angle on the loglap was a challenge on the tablesaw, but other than hand saw, I had no other way. I used the mitre fence, but as you can imagine, much of the piece was off the table when cutting.

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