Cutting Your Clapboard Siding For The Diorama Building. I used the scale 6” clapboard siding, I wanted the concrete foundation to show below the siding so I used little spacers to position the siding so it is even all around the building & has that little reveal to expose the floor edges that are painted light gray.
When cutting siding I like to use a small square to run my utility knife along, I get a nice clean & square cut. The square I use has an edge on it & it fits over the top edge of the siding & also my scrap piece of wood that I use for cutting things on. I always place a small piece of wood under the bottom edge of the siding because it has a little lip on it to interlock with the next piece of siding & you don’t want to break that off. With that little piece of wood under the edge now I am ready to cut my siding just run a utility knife along the edge of the square make sure you hold the square firmly so it doesn’t move or the little piece of wood doesn’t pop out.
I like to cut my siding from the front so I end up with a nice clean cut & no chipped or uneven edges, if you do get these use a little sand paper to clean it up. I wouldn’t worry too much about the edges for the corners of the building because we are going to finish off the corners in the future too give it that nice clean look.
Some people like to run the knife down once & then snap it off I don’t like to do that because it can break or give an uneven edge I would rather run my utility knife down it a couple of times & cut it all the way through so I end up with a nice edge.