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itkutch
Turret Restoration
itkutch

I have a 12-foot diameter turret on my 1894 Queen Anne, sided in a combination of claps, panels, and shingles; I'm writing for advice on replacing the claps.

Claps are restricted to areas between windows and therefore no clap is longer than 4-feet long, which doesn't give me a lot of nailing distance to pursuade the siding into the curves. The former owner resided this area in cedar and those claps have all split at the ends.

Do I need to steam bend cedar or would fiber-cement offer some flexibility. Any thoughts on materials or techniques?

Thanks very much. John - Boston

goldhiller
Re: Turret Restoration
goldhiller

In order to bend tapered claps around a cylinder you will have to cut both the top and the bottom edges of the clap to an arched/curved shape. The top curve will be different than the bottom curve.

Without removing these curved pieces, tapered claps can only be bent around a cone shape, not a cylindrical shape.

If you have the original pieces of tapered claps in tact and use the same dimensional size of material....you should be able to use them as template to cut the curves into your new pieces. You may also need to cut some relief kerfs in the backside to get these pieces flexible enough to accomodate the necessary bending....... or steam them.

As alternatives, you could use shiplap siding instead..... or use shingles.

itkutch
Re: Turret Restoration
itkutch

Thanks, Goldhiller. I hadn't thought about trimming top and bottom edges...a simple jig for 160 4-foot pieces sounds like a reasonable task, and the diameter of the turret isn't going to cause me to drastically reshape the straight claps.

The current claps are poorly done by the last owner, so no template exists, but not hard to create.

As for YukYuk's advice about fancy shingle work, I'm restoring a Boston Queen Anne with historical notoriety. There are fancy shingles elsewhere on the turret and body of the house - restoration rather than renovation is the name of the game.

Thanks for your advice. John

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