Falling Trees |
Log Wheeler | Peeling and Storing Logs | Long Log Construction
Building a log cabin is a time consuming but
ultimately a satisfying endeavor. However if you do not have
the following skills you must obtain them before starting
such a large project.
First to save time you must have the ability to use a chainsaw
safely and efficient. Don’t buy or use one bigger than the
job requires. If your logs or trees are around 10 in round
then an 18” to 24” bar is just fine. Too large of saw and
bar will tirer you out and possibly create a safety issue.
Know how to conduct basic maintenance on the saw as well as
sharpen it properly.
Know how to use an axe or adze. This sounds easy but it is
much harder than it appears. Remember that you will be wielding
these in all weather conditions with often, cold wet hands.
You must know how to properly and safely swing these tools.
The ability to quickly sharpen them is a must. Slicks (large
chisels), drawknife, mallets and any number of small hand
tools all must be proficiently used during the building.
The next must important item you must have is time! Here
is a quick breakdown of the time required to build a log cabin
using the traditional Swedish Cope Joint. (There is no method
in this site that is any less time consuming) Estimate your
time in building doing the following:
|Cut down the tree
|Transport the tree
|Peel and cut to length
|Move to cabin site, mark and notch
|Test fit the log and trim
|Insert the log and seal
|Move into place and spike with nails
Total 6 hours Per Log
This will vary based on the type and size of tree. Multiply
this by the number of trees you need to complete the log building.
Remember that this does not include the foundation, windows,
decks, roof, overhangs, doors and interior. Next - Falling trees
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