Beginning To Attach Siding To The Diorama Building. Remember earlier I talked about the little spacers to position your siding off the ground just a little to show the foundation make sure you use these or your siding will be too low & not look right.
Put a little wood glue directly on the back of the siding you can use a little brush for this I like to just use my finger to smear it around just be careful touching the siding so you don’t end up with that glue from your fingers all over it. You want to keep the glue off the face/front of the siding because when it comes time to finish it either with paint or stain that area will not accept the paint or stain like the rest of the wood and it will give an uneven look to the finish.
Hold the piece of siding down for a few seconds so it stays in place you want to make sure this first piece is exactly where you want it because the other pieces of siding will be lined up with this piece. You can use some clear tape if you want to hold this piece in place temporarily. Next I use a piece of scrap wood the size of the side of the building & clamp that to the side holding the siding tight & evenly in place. You don’t want to put the clamps directly on the siding because the basswood siding is soft & could leave an indention in it that is why I use that piece of scrap wood.
Be careful when using the clamps not to damage anything else I used 12” clamps on the bottom that reach the other side wall & don’t want that damaged or clamped too tight to break the glue joints or break the studded structure apart. You could also use a piece of scrap wood on that other side if you wanted just make sure that it will reach all the way across the wall. I used smaller clamps on the top edge because they only needed to open an inch or so to clamp the scrap piece of wood to the side wall this way I had even pressure all the way around so the siding is fully & evenly attached.