We wanted to incorporate some log posts from our property for the porch roof supports and Nate came up with the idea of using the logs to support a section of the front of the deck. We had cut down 12 trees the year before but our property is so sloped that getting them out is hard.
The plan was too just frame the deck but we got so much done and were going back to the lumber store to get one more board anyway so we decided to buy the decking too. We used all pressure treated wood including the top decking so it’s holding up very well. For whatever reason there is just something so appealing about working with your hands and the idea of building your own home.
I can imagine that the sense of accomplishment and pride in building something like this would be immense.
I would love this for my back yard, I am a quilter and that would be great for my workshop. Imagine doing all the notching yourself along with shingling your own roof with materials you found. Both projects were done as a one man show, that’s part of the reason both houses are so tiny.
The first cabin project was more of an experiment which took a total of 100 hours of labor. For his second cabin, it took him 13 weekends, 9 trees, 17 saplings, a cedar stump, and $140 in spikes, rebar, nails, mortar, and plumbing to complete the log cabin. A big thank you to 186282plus1 user on Youtube who built the cabins and provided the video slide shows.
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I like the simplicity, it seems very easy to cut logs to a particular length and stack them. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. In one famous incident, he saved four drowning people and earned a lifesaving medal a€” but the Coast Guard had wanted to reprimand him for risking their nicest boat to do it.
Legendary Hollywood voice man Mel Blanc's teachers weren't too impressed with his voice talents, but Oregon radio listeners and cartoon fans sure were.
Ancient electrical wiring ignited Portland's legendary Forestry Building, a structure made of massive, flawless old-growth logs that had been built for the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905. When the sun came up on the morning of August 17, 1964, Oregon was home of the world’s largest log cabin. The cabin was one of the last two surviving building from the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland*, and it sat across the road from Montgomery Park in the northwest section of town.


After the 1905 exposition, the building was purchased by the city of Portland, which for many years let it decline and decay. In the 1940s, there was talk of actually demolishing the building, which by then had turned into a safety hazard; the balconies had been built with whole logs, which had warped, making them dangerous, and the whole building was like a banquet hall for wood-destroying organisms like bark beetles and termites.
By the time of the state’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1959, the building was mostly restored to its former glory.
All of it went up in flames on what was surely the biggest and most spectacular single-building structure fire in Portland history and, until the 1992 burning of the blimp hangar in Tillamook, in Oregon history as well.
The fire rapidly grew to spectacular proportions, and people flocked to the scene from all over Portland.
Here’s a throwback to this old post of a  video showing  us building the deck on our cabin. We had built one free standing log structure before this using rebar and pier blocks, we learned a few things from it.
My house burned down in 2007 and I’m looking for an alternative lifestyle with smaller space and of course a smaller budget. He has built at least two really small log houses in the woods using materials within 100 feet of the construction sites all by himself.
He even made his own flooring which you’ll see in a minute (if you can stream videos). This one used 5 fir trees, some saplings, a bag of screws, mortar, concrete blocks, thick poly, and a zinc strip for the roof.
You will find more information provided by him on how he did the flooring, shingling, and notching. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories.
They produce and package all the components in one bundle for specific cabin plans, ship it to you and then ita€™s up to you to build it or have it built. They can vary widely in make-up and price depending on what is included and what is not included.
If you want to keep the price of your cabin package low, check out these tips for cheap log home kits. It is easy, economical, aesthetically striking, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound. He has written 10 books on alternative building, presented four videos—including two about cordwood masonry—and has taught cordwood masonry all over the world. He explains how to build, warns to NOT seal the wood (it needs to breathe), and is one of the world’s leading experts. I wonder if the cut logs are better to be left out to dry for a year, or maybe dunked in polyurethane or something ?
There was a colonnade down the middle of the building, made of 52 unpeeled six-foot-thick tree trunks, hand-matched like a string of pearls. It was nearly lost to fire several times when embers fell on the roof, either from nearby building fires or from wood-stove embers, but quick responses by the fire department kept it going.
Had it broken out an hour earlier, the caretaker might have seen it in time to raise the alarm and possibly save the building. C itizens and civic leaders got together with timber-industry leaders to create the Western Forestry Institute to fill the void.
But as for the building itself, it was an artifact of a time that is gone and is not coming back — the great heyday of old-growth logging in Oregon.


The primary purpose of this site is news and education, and consequently many images here are used pursuant to the fair-use exemption of the 1976 copyright law. I suck at drawing and find it’s much easier for me to transfer my thoughts to a usable plan in 3d with Sketchup. We’ve been using opaque coloured deck stain on our for several years now and I think it has extended the life of the cedar boards. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. There are currently about 400 log home manufacturers and 125 producers that create handcrafted log homes.
I would use rot resistant cedar wood that was carefully dried under cover for 2 or more years. They’d had to be handled specially when they were cut and hauled, to preserve the bark.
Old-growth timber like what had gone into its construction could still be found, but it was deeper in the forest and less uniform.
Also on display was another bit of history a€” the first sheet of commercially produced Douglas Fir plywood ever made, a product of the Autzen family’s Portland Manufacturing Company, produced in 1904. Specifically, the place was on fire, and when the fire crews arrived at around 6:15 it was clear that nothing short of direct divine intervention was going to put it out. Don’t make the walls longer than the available logs and include the plans in the log cabin kit if you choose to use it. Finding 52 matching trees would be prohibitively expensive if not impossible to do, and a€” since the logs would have to be trucked to the site rather than just floated up the river a€” log-handling systems would have to be engineered to prevent the bark from being scarred by logging equipment. In fact, if you're not familiar with copyright law and fair-use doctrine, you should read it anyway. I draw the framing members at the correct size and spacing, every part is to scale and it’s great way to discuss the plan with others.
I was wondering if you’ve tried any clear solutions that allow the natural colour of the wood show, but still give it protection.
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I have studied many different styles of building over the years and plan to use cordwood for one of my outbuildings once we are ready for our move.
It's important for all of us to know what's ours -- that is, what's in the public domain -- to avoid infringing others' rights, and to defend our own rights as co-owners of the public domain. Make some preparation for the site by removing the trees, rocks and underbrush and save any suitable trees for the construction. Do not wire money in any way without first seeing the home (or other product), checking title, and doing your proper due diligence. Cut and shape the end of the logs and prepare the right amount of logs depend on your plans.
Installing log cabin can be done by digging the post holes and install the logs to the holes. After that, you still need to set up the main floor beams and joists, make final preparation to create walls, set the loft supports, build the gables, frame out the roof, install other components and personalize the log cabin if necessary.



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