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A Series on Log House Building #10


Here are some pictures of how we stacked these square logs up one row at a time.

We cut the notches in the corners or where inside walls joined the exterior walls. I regret using a simple square notch system, because of the problems that shrinkage produces. At times gaps were created. We overcame this by using insulation and chinking inside and out. Did you know that many round-log-builders use fibre insulation on the inside of the cut where the logs meet? I’m sure they didn’t do that before there was such a thing! If we were doing it again we would learn to make dove-tailed joints. We did alright I guess - since it was the first time we ever attempted this type of project.


Here we are stacking the logs up row by row. Some exterior corner have varying length depending on the look we were trying to obtain on the outside. If the notches didn’t meet perfectly…disaster!

In days gone by chinking was made from animal manure or mud, etc. I used a new-age version “Log-Chink” that shrinks and stretches with the logs….so perfect!

We also used some ‘sill gasket’ between the logs. We spent a lot of time with a router, gouging trenches in both the upper and under sides of the logs before we put them up, so that long, thin (1/4 inch or more) lathe/strips of wood could be placed between each log to keep the log from wanting to ‘curl’ inwards or outwards on the wall as it was drying. We made a double row with the router on one side of the log and then flipped it over and put two more parallel lines on the other.The sill gasket fit between these two lines. This also helped to form a barrier if a log lifted away from the other when, or if, it cracked and twisted.

Notice the two narrow stacks in the middle on the inside. What do you think we were doing that for? At the far end my bay window is coming into shape.


We used the tractor to do the lift. Some wall logs were about 40′. The roof supports were more and took more ingenuity since the tractor wouldn’t reach higher that the top of the walls.

Watch for the next post on Log House Building….

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6 Responses to “A Series on Log House Building #10”

  1. Naomi says:

    This is an amazing process! So much to know before you attempt it. So much that could go wrong. It’s truly impressive that you guys tackled such an enormous task and did so well!

  2. MichaelB says:

    wow that’s cool.

  3. Wendy says:

    Marvelous workmanship! What a pioneer spirit! What are the logs treated with, inside and out? Or are they left natural? I have to know how the roof went up…what sort of ingenuity are you talking about?


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