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Dovetail Log Cabin
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:22:35 AM »
Here are some photos of a cabin I built a couple of years ago. The one we will build during the workshop in June will be a similar size. There are details about the workshop in the services category.

In this first picture you can see the wavy edge. I moved the saw head up and down as I went along cutting the top and bottom edges of the log. This way the chink joints were not all a constant width. I think it looks less manufactured this way.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2015, 08:24:18 AM »
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2015, 08:26:40 AM »
Love it.  There is a very nice, and considerably larger dovetail cabin just around the corner from our place. I admire it every time I go by.
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2015, 08:59:25 AM »
WOW, cute as heck.....Rob
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2015, 09:54:57 AM »
Looks cozy, and a welcome camp to come back to after a hike or a hunt.

You should treat yourself to a Logrite cant hook to replace the wood handled one shown. You won't regret it, and the 30" model would be real handy for logs around the mill and the cabin build. Just sayin...
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2015, 02:47:18 PM »
That's my next dream. Possibly a bit bigger.

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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2015, 10:25:05 PM »
I love it.  A log cabin bunkhouse is in my dreams.  Hopefully these ole bones will allow me to fulfill that dream.  I looked at trees yesterday.
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2015, 08:08:33 AM »
I like it, But to move the blade up and down to get the [look] Why not use a dull blade, Or did you? :D
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2015, 08:24:50 PM »
The idea with moving the blade up and down was to vary the vertical dimension.
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2015, 09:13:26 PM »
Seems the same effect could be gained by just randomly easing off some of the corners with a draw knife, and not compromise the fit between "logs" with a wavy pattern.
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2015, 08:07:38 PM »
I think the draw knife would work too.
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2015, 10:45:01 AM »
Is there a way to create the dove tails and have the logs flat against each other, with no chinking space?  I'm having to do some serious rethinking on the cabin I want to build due to the building inspectors requirements.  I have about 180 8-9" average diameter 8ft logs on site. I could build conventional horizontal log. I'd like to flatten the logs on two sides with the woodmizer, and use flat foam compressed between them and log screws to hold them together. Can you still do that with a dove tail corner?
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2015, 11:24:52 AM »
Is there a way to create the dove tails and have the logs flat against each other, with no chinking space?  I'm having to do some serious rethinking on the cabin I want to build due to the building inspectors requirements.  I have about 180 8-9" average diameter 8ft logs on site. I could build conventional horizontal log. I'd like to flatten the logs on two sides with the woodmizer, and use flat foam compressed between them and log screws to hold them together. Can you still do that with a dove tail corner?

The short answer is "YES", you can.  You just have to be very accurate with your joinery, cutting the dovetails.  A close friend of mine built his cabin this way in Idaho, and he routed spline grooves between each log for a 1" thick spline.  This spline acts as an alignment aid, as well as keeping the "outside" outside.  He insulated between each layer and over the spline with foam rolled insulation.  The cabin is beautiful, and pretty efficient, too.

Being a professional woodworker, and not a log builder, he took his time, and cut the dovetails by hand with a hand saw, not a chainsaw.  I am personally in awe of seeing dovetails cut accurately with a chainsaw.  I do not think of a chainsaw as an accurate joinery tool, but there are those who are great with one.  I'm more of a handtool guy.

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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2015, 11:46:19 AM »
seems like you could save yourself endless heartache by just using a simple "butt & pass" corner with foam & logscrews.
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2015, 02:18:55 PM »
I totally agree. Problem is I have to conform to materials and methods the county inspector will allow. I would much rather do butt and pass as I understand the joint and it would be much easier for me.
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2015, 07:16:08 PM »
fred in montana that looks amazing!

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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2015, 07:43:10 PM »
Here is a LINK to Fred's website discussing chink gap size.

I mentioned to him in a PM about using " and he said OK.  My plan is to use 6X8 Red Oak.
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2015, 09:21:10 PM »
About 25% of my customers build with zero gap. Some even use factory milled logs having a tongue and groove.

When using any dovetail jig, every cut is precise so it works fine.

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