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A Series on Log House Building #2



Cabin is loaded

 A neighbor  had a large dowelling machine that they had just made.We asked them to make the round logs for this cabin. The logs were grooved out on one side and stacked one on the other. Then very long bolts were run from the top of the wall to the bottom. A nut on the end of each bolt made it possible for us to later tighten the log walls as it dried.

The chimney and windows were put in after we set it at it’s intended site. We were in a huge hurry to get it moved. We had sold our former place and needed somewhere to live, but also it had started raining. Where we were going there was only a new dirt road into the property.We weren’t sure that we would be able to get in and get it off if it got too wet!


It was a nerve-racking and exciting moving adventure. We had it built on a solid metal skid so we could just back under it. When we arrived at our destination there were piling already in place. We just back in between them, put blocks under the edges of the cabin and drove away. Hubby barely got the truck out from under it as it had become slick as snot already. 



Cabin doorway

There was cupboards to put in. We coated the walls with linseed oil on the inside and Sikkens Stain on the outside.  After that I had the gruelling job of chinking with a Log House Chinking that comes in a pail and is so messy! I got smarter later on and got a proper application gun for it that helped when I did our current log home.    



inside-of-cabinEverything fit in as planned, but there wasn’t an inch to spare anywhere. The white spot in the dark window is a full moon at night. I had my plants hanging everywhere so it was quite a jungle!

It was cozy and warm right through the winter. I was snug as a bug in a rug.



The Kitchen

We brought water from town in a tank in the back of our truck, put a sump pump in it with a hose leading through the doorway. The shiny insulated tank you see on the counter top near the door is the container we filled with the water. On the bottom was the hose with a tap so that I could run water to the sink oor elsewhere. Under the bottom of the sink was a 5 gallon bucket that the grey sink water ran into too. Then I ran it outside to dump it. That was my ‘running’ water.

It obvious now that we think outside of the box, huh?!



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8 Responses to “A Series on Log House Building #2”

  1. Naomi says:

    *Sigh* I remember running water when I was a kid. It’s not my fondest memory, but not because of the running involved. It was doing the dishes that was the real chore.
    How big was your tank of water and how often did you have to refill it?

    • sherry says:

      50 gallons I think and I figure that I filled it every 2 weeks. One becomes very frugal with the amount used. I’m going to add some details I just thought of thanks to you.

  2. Anna-Marie White says:

    Amazing, Sherry! I read this at least 4 times, zoomed in on all the pics and tried to figure out the floor plan. I can’t sort out where you put everything. I am blown away by all of it. What a gorgeous little cabin; I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to own one just like it and put it up at Dad’s place for a little place to come home to. What does it cost to build this? Any chance you could rough up a simple little pencil sketch to show how you got everything in there? You should show your photo to Tiny Homes online. I was so happy to hear how warm and cozy it was. Is that a propane style furnace in the corner? Were the walls warm too? Where is the bed?
    I can’t believe you chinked your cabins all by yourself. wowww

    • sherry says:

      I didn’t even have to use cow manure for the chinking :). Price would have been $25,000 to finish it inside and out 2002.The company only built that one for us and quit. Lucky us. Maybe I can figure out how to draw…hmmm. It was a tricky measuring thing.

  3. MichaelB says:

    I tried commenting on the first post but it says comments closed… huh?

    So do you have to sand the wood? Don’t you get splinters on the inside?

    • sherry says:

      I sanded the inside of out current house, but not on this small one. It was quite smooth after the dowelling process. I guess I never thought of running my hand up and down it to encourage any slivers. That being said there are flaws in the wood where a duster can get caught.

  4. MichaelB says:

    You should put a link back to your first post in this series and one to the next post.

    • sherry says:

      Thanks. I wish WordPress would make it easier to link to future posts. It all has to be done some day after it’s published. That makes it hard.I have a hard time keeping up with the present! :)


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