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bluedog225
03-08-2010, 08:01 AM
Does anyone have a book on building a basic log cabin they would recommend?

I've got about 12 acres out in the country and would like to put up a little hunting lodge size building, about 15 feet x 15 feet. Big porch, loft, wood stove. Post and beam. Metal roof. No electric or city water.

Lots of local ash juniper around (6-10 inch logs) to be had fairly cheap.

I've got a couple of books (Small Houses-Fine Home Building, The Cabin-Mulfinger/Davis, and Timber-Frame Home-Benson) but none of these are the basic "how to" I'm after.

Thanks

Tom

Popeye
03-08-2010, 08:25 AM
Metal roof.

noisy

Paul Pless
03-08-2010, 08:55 AM
noisybut its delightfully noisy

my fishcamp had an uninsulated metal roof - i loved it

my mom's house has a metal roof installed with some kinda sound deafening insualtion plus an insulated attic - its no louder than a shingled roof

bluedog225
03-08-2010, 10:24 AM
I've got a metal roof now. Only real noise is when it hails....:D

Lot's of kits for sale on I-net. Lots of junk sites. Really looking for basic plans and building guidance.

Iceboy
03-08-2010, 12:15 PM
This took .22 seconds.
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=log+cabin+plans&rlz=1R2ADFA_enUS347&aq=5&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=log+cabin+&fp=86f43777e436a6c1

Iceboy
03-08-2010, 12:19 PM
Sorry, that sounded a little snarky. Here's one or two more.
http://www.2020site.org/cabin/
http://outlands.tripod.com/farm/logcabin.htm
http://www.alaskaantlerworks.com/Alaska_cabin.htm

I just typed in "how to build a log cabin"
Sometimes it's all about the words in the search box.

Enjoy. Jim...

bluedog225
03-08-2010, 12:55 PM
Thanks Jim. I was looking for a book on the subject but some of the links you provided are helpful. The old fashioned process involved in the publication of a book often weeds out some of the less reliable info floating around on the net. I'll spend some more time looking at your links this evening.

Tom

Draketail
03-08-2010, 01:19 PM
"Building the Hewn Log Cabin" by Charles McRaven

Detailed instructions on building an Appalachian style log cabin.

J P
03-08-2010, 01:37 PM
Stacked log, or post and beam (timber frame), post and beam in the round ... ?

I've always enjoyed watching Alone in the Wilderness (http://www.dickproenneke.com/alone_in_the_wilderness.html) with Dick Proenneke building his little log cabin. Inspiring. He gets it done in about an hour with time to spare for fish'n an hunt'n. :D

Iceboy
03-08-2010, 01:48 PM
Yeah, for a 50 year old he put a lot of folks to shame with his work ethic. Walked the walk for sure.

Popeye
03-08-2010, 01:58 PM
i suspect the winter days are numbered , oh look , a float plane

i shall fetch the mail

and my warm knitted socks

Glen Longino
03-08-2010, 02:01 PM
i suspect the winter days are numbered , oh look , a float plane

i shall fetch the mail

and my warm knitted socks

Spot on!!:D:D

bobbys
03-08-2010, 02:04 PM
Stacked log, or post and beam (timber frame), post and beam in the round ... ?

I've always enjoyed watching Alone in the Wilderness (http://www.dickproenneke.com/alone_in_the_wilderness.html) with Dick Proenneke building his little log cabin. Inspiring. He gets it done in about an hour with time to spare for fish'n an hunt'n. :D.

I liked his wood hinges.

Im a carpenter and could not come up with that if i had not seen it.

Darren McClelland
03-08-2010, 02:43 PM
I live in a log home, but this summer I plan to build a gazebo 16 x 18 more like a cabin with large windows, I have been reading the book the ultimate guide to loghome construction by Robert Chambers. It is the techniques you need the size is not important other then time and available logs

Darren

J P
03-08-2010, 02:59 PM
i suspect the winter days are numbered , oh look , a float plane

i shall fetch the mail

and my warm knitted socks


good one :D:D

paladin
03-08-2010, 06:26 PM
20 years ago I purchased 8 acres in West Virginia for $1500...on the side/near the top of a mountain...at the time cost 2500 bucks to get a well in, eventually a septic tank...lotsa rock so had to hire folks with big tools to do it....I sat a 31 foot trailer on it with a pair of large batteries and 4 solar panels to pump water etc....I would spend 1-2 long weekends a month there when working near Fairfax Virginia......damn place was broken into and stripped regularly. I eventually put an end to it but the local sheriff wasn't happy.....his BIL and two nephews ended up in a federal pokey.......I was intending to build a log cabin.....but eventually poured a heavy foundation and had a 24 X 60 cement block building put up....with a solid steel door and bars on the windows etc.....and about a year before the car accident I had a type of sandstone mortared on to cover the exterior walls.....the roof is double with the inner roof made with corrugated fiberglass panels and well insulated, then the sheet iron roof painted with barn paint. Same folks have had it rented for the last 8 years.

Rich Jones
03-08-2010, 09:08 PM
Had to sell my beautiful wooden sailboat to help finance the log home my wife wanted in Vermont. Designed and built it myself. Local mill provided the logs. Was lots of fun to build and we enjoy it. Shingle roof because I could do it myself. Metal roof, I would have had to pay somebody big bucks.

bluedog225
03-08-2010, 10:19 PM
Alone in the wilderness. Wow....this guy was pretty tough...or white spruce is like balsa..."you can't rush a good notch"....hack, hack with an axe.....then camera cuts to a perfect notch.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss

bluedog225
03-10-2010, 09:36 AM
"Building the Hewn Log Cabin" by Charles McRaven

Detailed instructions on building an Appalachian style log cabin.

Great. Thanks

Draketail
03-10-2010, 12:09 PM
Here's the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Hewn-Log-House-Step-Step/dp/1580175902/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268240879&sr=1-2

Three Cedars
03-10-2010, 11:33 PM
This book is true post and beam updated for modular construction. A neighbour built this way and did a fine job. The author has a website ( I have no affiliation ) http://www.logandtimberschool.com/index.php

http://www.amazon.com/Craft-Modular-Post-Beam-affordably/dp/0881791318/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268281140&sr=1-1

goodbasil
03-11-2010, 12:51 AM
Why get plans? Just figure it out and build it. It'll make ya feel good.

bobbys
03-11-2010, 01:10 AM
One thing about log cabins.

Probably great almost every place ,

But here on the north OR coast i have worked on many and the wind driven rain blows right threw them here..

Rotten messes..

Kit homes.

Even worse..

Be careful.