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Books for Log Cabin Building-where to start?
« on: March 07, 2005, 11:36:47 PM »
Recently found this site and am looking for some assistance.

I have just acquired a newer saw mill with the purchase of my farm.  The mill was used to cut hardwoods in central Wisconsin and is about 4 years old.  It was used to cut grade lumber but also has two resaws to cut cants into pallet material. The mill can cut 4-6,000 bd ft a day with 3 people but it was never used for more than a few days at a time over the last 3 years.  I have learned to use the saw to cut hard maple and ash but still not very quick at it. 

NOW THE QUESTION: I am looking to cut pine or hemlock for a log cabin but need to find out as much information on the construction as I'm not very familiar with the details of the construction.  I'm pretty handy and comfortable with normal construction as I own some rental and have re-habed 3-4 houses.  I'm looking for more detailed books on the subject as well as perhaps someone who built a log home recently in central WI that perhaps I could get some info on how to proceed. 

Any help is definitely appreciated!

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Re: Books for Log Cabin Building-where to start?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2005, 09:28:20 AM »
What style log construction are you planning to use?  If you are going
to build using dovetail joints with chinking space you can get Charles
McRavens book.  There is a book by Drew Langsner that is good but it
is out of print.  You can probably find it on ebay or in a used book store.
You can buy dovetail jigs to cut the joints from Great Northern Dovetailors
and Ed Miller.  I attended a log building school in Va that teaches dovetail
log building and they just cut the joints with a chain saw freehand. 
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Re: Books for Log Cabin Building-where to start?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2005, 07:06:41 AM »
There are hundreds of different log home building styles to choose from.   They range from owner/builder friendly to highly technical methods requiring nothing less than a crane for moving full length logs about.

I happen to think the vertical log method is the most owner/builder friendly method of log home building.  It is not however, a popular building method, and I know of zero books written on the process.

A very popular log building style for owner/builders  is the flat on flat type (3 sides of the logs milled flat) log.  These are fairly easy to construct for nearly everyone.  Of course, allowances must be made for settling/shrinkage of logs.

I have built full scribe log homes, vertical log homes and the flat on flat type.  While I consider the full scribe to be the Cadillac of log homes, the logistics of moving 40'+ length logs is NOT suited to the owner/builder that does not have a crane idly standing by for occasional use.

Feel free to see some of the work I have completed using the vertical log and flat on flat methods at --Photos MUST be in the Forestry Forum gallery!!!!!

I'd be glad to answer any questions you have regarding these building methods

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