Building a log cabin with your own hands has always been and still is a dream
of many an industrious person. In our hurried modern times this
desire is perfectly natural as we miss the connection to natural
things that is so absent for most of us in our current world.
Using your own hands to build a log cabin is completely doable
in current tense. The key factors are time and location. Finding
both is critical to your success. In the following sections
we cover the history of log cabins, designing and design elements,
working with logs and timbers, tools required and the major
components of log cabins including logging the trees and moving
them to the site, foundations, windows and doors, roofing
and many other minor aspects of this type of work.
We also detail the time required to build using this method
of construction and time is definitely required. You will
see that each log, from where it is standing as a tree to
actually in position on the wall requires roughly 7 hours
of work depending on size. Multiply that by the number of
logs in the building and now you see why you this is such
a critical requirement.
The physical aspect of working with your hands is also something
you will have to come to terms with. In one of the sections
we talk about the skills required but also do you have the
strength and stamina to do this work? Many aspects of it can
be accomplished using machines but the tradeoff is money.
It is clear you need to understand your own strengths and
have prior to starting the necessary skills.
The satisfaction of working with wood plus the end result
based on careful workmanship is well worth it. Most who have
accomplished the task do not regret it and often fondly remember
the time as time well spent. The many years of service a well
built log cabin will give you is the final payback.