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Offline bama20a

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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #60 on: March 08, 2015, 11:18:48 AM »
Greeting Fred: Was wondering? The cabin you built in the 1st set of pics- what type of stain or sealer did you use? Sure like the looks of it.Mark,,,,,
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #61 on: March 08, 2015, 08:35:13 PM »
Not sure about the codes everywhere in the state but I would suggest checking with the county.

As for the stain, there is a technique to that I have described on this page:
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #62 on: January 01, 2018, 07:24:33 AM »
Very interesting thread! If you have larger logs, should one box the heart and use the centers or can you cut multiples from a single log?
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Re: Dovetail Log Cabin
« Reply #63 on: January 08, 2018, 09:56:06 AM »
PA Walnut- when I built my home in 1979-80 (from an even aged stand of CCC planted SYP) I specked the logs at 6" thick, 2 natural sides, 8.5" small end/12" large end. That yields some narrow boards as off cuts but obviously includes the heart which is not an issue now or then. I know a guy locally who did a large A-frame using big yellow poplar roof beams and remember him being displeased with the amount of large cracks to the heart in his home.
A local company sells and builds EWP log homes which are made in the "hewed look" what with larger rectangular cross sectioned cants and I have seen those homes after some years and very few cracks that would matter.
This time around on a smaller cabin, I'm using self sawed, "D" logs, 6" thick and have Fred's plans and will be making my jigs when the weather moderates a bit! I will definitely go for multiple "D" logs on larger trees and smaller one try for two if they get my width spec of ~8". Some of the smaller trees may saw into the first run which will be 6x7" to allow for slabs to cover the floor system and that first run.

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