This section is from the book "Cyclopedia Of Architecture, Carpentry, And Building", by James C. et al. Also available from Amazon: Cyclopedia Of Architecture, Carpentry And Building.
The only difference between common siding and clapboards is in the length of the pieces, the siding coming in lengths of from 6 to 16 feet, while the clapboards are in short lengths as explained above. Common siding is put on in the same way as clapboards, but there is manufactured a rabbeted siding which is laid up as shown in Fig. 274. Here the rabbet takes the place of the lap, and is made about 5/8 inch deep. This siding is also furnished molded to a number of other patterns besides the simple beveled pattern, and is of various widths up to about 12 inches. Sometimes it is nailed directly to the studding, no building paper or outside boarding being used, but this construction, although it is cheap, is not suitable for any but temporary buildings.
Fig. 274. Section Showing Method of Laying Siding.