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My log framed shelter or pavilion
« on: May 27, 2021, 11:59:49 PM »
OK, we call them shelters on the west coast, seems they are called pavilions elsewhere. I have 40 acres of Ponderosa pines and some doug firs, western bark beetle has been chipping away a few a year, so I drop them, skid them out and in a year, with a flooring scraper (bark spud) was able to knock the bark off real quick like.

So now I have these nice peeled logs debating on what to do. So I decided to build a log park shelter. Its a 10X16 and I just finished the roof and metal roofing in April. I picked a time for some real pricey lumber, but planning for a year, had to follow through. Didnt want log frame setting through another winter.

Built footers out of 1/4" plate steel, massive units, 8" wide, 10" tall, log is slotted and its pinned with a timber lock screw to prevent any lift, but the shear weigth, probably never lift. Lots of bracing and each brace has 2 of the 10" timberlocks going in at different angles at each end (4 total), zero flex or rocking. Every log joint is pinned with no less than 3 timberlock screws at 10: length. I was concerned as there is a joint at the ground and another above. But its rock solid and I added plenty of bracing.

Rafters were 4X4, was going to use 2X6, but wouldn't of looked right, a 4X4 looks more like a timber frame, no blocking needed as a 4X4 wont flop on its side and its way easier landing plywood sheeting on a 3.5 inch surface than a 1.5".


 

 

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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2021, 08:49:20 AM »
Nicely done!  Use a chainsaw to slot the posts? How big are the concrete piers?

Thanks for sharing! 

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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2021, 08:56:42 AM »
I love it and its setting.
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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2021, 03:35:54 PM »
Nicely done!  Use a chainsaw to slot the posts? How big are the concrete piers?

Thanks for sharing!
The footers are 12" sonotubes, they go down 2 feet and bell out so frost wont lift it, also with sonotubes, frost doesn't grab the sides and lift it either. All reinforced with rebar. I did slot the logs to fit over my home made brackets with a hole and pinned with a timberlock screw.  Brackets  are cemented in with a hole in base inside the concrete and a small chunk of rebar going through it and 4 sticks of rebar vertically. Probably way overkill, but when I an not sure of something, I just over do it. I have 40 acres set up like a full park, our entire theme is USFS or national and state parks. I have campsites, markers, signage, ranger station, and this will probably get painted in the "forest service brown" color soon. But its all private, no public access.
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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2021, 03:38:21 PM »
I love it and its setting.
Thanks, its at 3500 feet, next to a national forest, we have moose, white tail deer, mule deer, black bear, sparse grizzly, wolves, turkey, bobcat, cougar, grouse and a load of other varmits/pest like coyotes, ticks, western bark beetle... etc.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2021, 05:32:54 PM »
I love it and its setting.
Than ks, i ts at 3500 feet, next to a national forest, we have moose, white tail deer, mule deer, black bear, sparse grizzlie, wolves, turkey, bobcat, cougar, grouse and a load of other varmits/pest like coyotes, ticks, western bark beetle... etc.
Sounds awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2021, 10:02:58 PM »
It does sound awesome.  You do great work, enjoy it!

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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2021, 05:13:51 AM »
Now that looks nice!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2021, 10:00:15 PM »
Was out last August, trenched in from cabin, laid in some 1" gray PVC conduit underground, tied into cabin inlet plug (feeds cabin), so the plan in spring is to pull the wire through (10AWG) and install a small 2 space sub panel with a pair of 15A breakers at the shelter (cabin has its own panel), one for lighting, other for plugs in shelter.

Adding 2 ceiling fans with lights, plus some plugs on the uprights. Will install a rail around 3/4 of it with plugs above the rail height and maybe a large flat board to act as a narrow surface to set food and drinks on, large table across the back.

Nice place to hang out with family, protection from summer sun, fans will keep mosquitos at bay, but I have hardly any there and help keep it cool during summer heat.

Have Klein 100 foot fish tape to pull the wires through.

Its all closed up for winter, head back out in spring.

 

 

 
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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2021, 09:19:02 AM »
FWIW, name wise we called them a "shelterhouse" in my native KS and same thing here in KY too. 
Hey-don't try to "look" too much like the guvment! 
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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2022, 09:21:51 PM »
OK, too late, looks like a govt operation, but its all private and well marked as such. I do collect USFS and NP stuff and incorporate their styles into my place.

OK, shelter all wired up. If you are doing PVC gray conduit, a heated blanket for shaping conduit is one of the better investments I made.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2022, 09:53:03 PM »
Mighty purty!
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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2022, 07:54:21 PM »
All painted up now, fully completed. On to next project, probably a log swing set with a seesaw

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2022, 08:50:18 AM »
Personally, I wouldn't have painted it. It looks good, but I prefer the natural state of the wood. JMO. 
It looks quite quaint and I'm sure that you will receive a lot of attention from visitors. Great work! Cheers!

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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2022, 05:37:31 PM »
Nice work! That end away from the picnic table would be the perfect place to hang a porch swing.
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Re: My log framed shelter or pavilion
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2022, 01:32:33 PM »
I was back there is August of this year and added a back counter made from an old long dead old-growth snag and also added rails and a 2X8 on top of the rails for setting food/drinks on and a backsplash to keep items from falling off the back. Left it open on the front and the RH side near the front. Counter is coated with a product called "Stone Coat", great stuff, simple to work with too.  It is completed now. I do have one more huge log section to slab, its actually bigger than the one I cut up already. Burnt my brand into it and added the medallion in the center, same as my avatar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2022, 06:16:46 PM »
Nice job

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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2022, 06:34:59 PM »
Great work, hope you and the family enjoy it for many years.
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