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Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:02:47 PM »
I am researching this method of log home building. Is this a good way to build with logs if heavy equipment is not an option? Any one here build this way? Input please.
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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 11:29:33 PM »
A search of pièce-sur-pièce will be fruitful

I am not familiar with the particular French style, but I know of a very similar Swiss-German style of building, common in parts of the Canton of Bern. This style is indeed very well suited to building without large equipment. Essentially timber framing with a log infill, and in their view the log infill is suitable for bracing as well, so no angle braces are needed.

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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2012, 10:08:09 AM »
Thanks. Do you know what this method is called?
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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2012, 11:18:34 AM »
There is a book called : The Short Log & Timber Building  Book : by James Mitchell . ISBN0-88179-010-9 . There is quite a bit of info in it that should help you . scouter Joe

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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2012, 12:19:32 PM »
The Swiss technique is sometimes called Bohlenbau. Though you will get widely varying results if you try and search for it.

The principle, however, is very simple. You have posts spaced maybe 4 feet apart with grooves cut that then receive tenons on the end of the infill timbers. It is important that these horizontal timbers be free floating, and also that they not be relied on to bear structural loads due to the different shrinkage rates of vertical and horizontally oriented wood.
An update to the technique would be to instead cut the grooves on the ends of the horizontal timbers, and have them join to + shaped posts. This allows the posts to retain more structural integrity, as cutting grooves in them can lead to excessive splitting.

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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2012, 08:14:51 AM »
If you can't get heavy equipment to the site, there are many rigging techniques that would be of use (lifiting shear, skyline, gin pole, etc.).    These allow one or two individuals to move quite heavy materials.   We are builiding a new timberframe structure up at our place where access is very difficult.   Step 1 is installation of a derrick crane so we can move logs and timbers to cut the joints and then install them on the building.

The Army Rigging Manual provides some excellent starting points for setting up rigging.

www.petrospec-technologies.com/Herkommer/knots/FM5-125.pdf


Piece-en-piece is pretty straight-forward.  Cut slots in your vertical timbers or logs.    Build a jig, to stack and scribe your infill logs.   Cut tenons and lateral grooves on the infill logs and slide them into the slots on the vertical timbers.

 

  

  

 


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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2012, 10:30:28 PM »
The title of the James Mitchell book has been changed to The Craft of Modular Post and Beam, if I remember right. It has the most useful info on this topic I have seen.
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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2012, 07:42:21 AM »
I have both books by James Mitchell - "The Craft of Modular Post and Beam" and "Short Log and Timber Building Book."  They are both excellent books IMO.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2012, 09:04:19 PM »
I thought they were the same book, this means I'll have to find the other one to read now.
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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2012, 02:24:19 PM »
I bought both books and they are the same. In general.
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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2012, 01:24:43 PM »
Short Log book pertains more to log construction IMO.
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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2012, 10:27:46 PM »
hello- this is a great way to build. you can use any log length you want. if you want a 14 ft room use 14 ft logs or a combination. they really look massive if you use large diameter logs for the corners. use a level to mark the tenons and grooves, as they are about 2 inches wide. then saw them out. stack up wall logs so you can mark and cut several at the same time.  you will have shrinkage at the top if the logs arnt really dry. in fill with insulation and cover with a ribbon board  at the top. ive never seen really short logs used, it would be slow but it would work. if you were building long walls this would give you a wall less apt to curl than vertical logs. dont be afraid to try it. we need more artists not afraid to build out of the norm. john hass

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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2012, 01:05:52 PM »
I could make up a few sketches, if you would like, of how a simple stavverk style vertical log structure would work.

Also, I can show you how a similar Swiss system works, using small sized and short timbers to frame in the walls, and having a horizontal timber infill. You could just as easily use half round logs, and even turn them vertical if you wish to.

Using a system like the Swiss/South German modular framing allows you to build a fairly large structure without the need of any large timbers.

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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2012, 01:55:33 PM »
I don't know about anybody else, but I would surely be interested in seeing sketches...
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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2012, 06:40:32 PM »
So would I  8)
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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2012, 12:19:12 PM »
I would, as well.

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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2012, 11:28:15 AM »
Here is a link to a site about the reconstruction of a 18th century barn in Västergötland in Sweden. Piece en piece construction. The language is Swedish but those of you who do dot know the language may find the pictures interesting.
http://www.vastergotlandsmuseum.se/kulturvast_templates/Kultur_ArticlePageWide.aspx?id=68502

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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2012, 03:16:32 PM »
Here is a video on short log construction or Piece en Piece.  I think it looks pretty good.
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2012, 04:00:20 PM »
Wondering what keeps a good stiff wind from knocking it over?

Looks a bit like a stockade, but very vulnerable to falling down.

Does the dirt floor come next? 

I guess I'm not impressed at all, but if someone likes it and is willing to move in their, fine by me.
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Re: Any experts on Piece-en-Piece log construction? (Short Logs)
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2012, 04:30:20 PM »
Most log houses, at least I believe so, are assembled once at the location where they are made and then dis-assembled and shipped to the home site and re-assembled on the existing standard construction deck.

I would assume that is what is happening in the video above.

Maybe, I could be wrong but maybe.....

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