Monday, December 31, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
My logs are on the small side at 12 inch butts and 7 inch tips and they have been drying for almost a year so figure they only weigh around 600 or 700 pounds (that's only a guess).
I thought about using an old boat trailer that I had and build a rigging on it that resembles a old home made wrecker or a crane. I could use my come along to lift with. The pictures below is what it turned out to look like.
The original design that I was going to build used wood 6x6's to support the lifting beams. I decided instead to use some metal uprights that I have used on the trailer for another purpose. I canned the original idea to save weight on the trailer and not have to deal with cutting compound miters on both ends of the supports. (I'm not that smart:) ) After I finished the trailer I wished I had done it the way I had originally planned, so I went back and added the wood supports. Now I'm happy.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Last Thursday I was able to get everything cleaned up and the temporary building site is ready to go. Today I've been working on the trailer that will be used to lift the logs (IF IT WORKS!).I'll post more about that when its finished.
Another log on
A mess to clean up
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tight fit after cutting
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Smooth after final sanding
Friday, November 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
The Log and Timber Home Show was this weekend in Atlanta. I had to work Friday and Saturday, so I had to go today after church. To be honest, I was disappointed. Don't get me wrong there was plenty of log home companies there for those who may want someone to build them a log home. I was hoping to see companies like Schroeder Log Home Supply, Eagle Panel Systems, Perma-Chink Systems, Andersen Windows, and maybe a local Drafting Company. I have been to two of these shows in the past and some of these companies were there.
I was able to talk briefly with the Perma-Chink rep. They gave me their brochures and told me I needed to come to Tennessee to attend their seminars to learn how to use their products.
All in all it was a good day, Cody rode with me up there. He's starting to get excited about the idea of building our own log home.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I'm so ready for fall to be here so we can get started on our house. Today didn't help my longing to be working on it. The muffled sound of a chainsaw buzzing, the smell of 2cycle engine oil burning, the smell of fresh cut red oak, the feel of the chainsaw in my hands "Oh" Sorry about that, I was getting a little carried away. :) My wife often says one day she's going to come in smelling like saw dust to get my attention.
On a serious note, I'm looking forward to the Log and Timber Home Show coming to Atlanta Sept. 21-23. This will give me a chance to talk to some of the company rep. face to face, like prema-chink and others.
Within the next month I hope to send our plan ideas to Dirkson Design Services or R.C.M. Cad Design Drafting Ltd. In about a month or so it should start cooling down enough. Then I can start planing and treating logs. Can't wait!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
There is a lot I have to consider in my plan. The most obvious is, it's a log home! Almost every aspect of the build will be different. From the shier weight on the foundation to the complexity of the roof system. The wiring, plumbing, and a/c ducts do not have hollow walls to be hidden in. I also have to consider the length of the logs I have to work with. Which will determine the max. size I can build.
The plan that I found is offered by Home Plans.com. There will be a lot of minor changes made to 1st floor such as window and door placements etc. The 2nd floor will be greatly altered with a full length shed dormer on the back side of the house and a master bath. The exterior will have a wrap-a-round porch.
Most Architects are not knowledgeable in log construction, therefore I will have to use someone that is. There are several such designers in Canada that are not affiliated with a log home company.
Dirkson Design Services Inc. and RCM CAD Design Drafting Ltd are a couple that I came across in my research that I really like. I have not contacted either company as of yet, but I hope to sometime in August.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
As a side note: To get the most out of my experience there, I spent months before hand reading and studying various books on log construction, I was already proficient with a chainsaw, and I have a background in rustic furniture making.
Rough Notched and Final Scribed.
Floor Joist Tenon
Look at the size of these logs!