Saturday, December 11, 2010
First, I could tar the ends of the poles where they'll go into the ground. that's what they do with telephone poles and it works relatively well. Nothing wants to eat it, and it'll probably repel rodents as well. This would also keep rot from setting in. However, it's also not so great for the soil and the environment. I'm questioning it.
There are so many ideas involved in this whole process. I'm doing a lot of reading, because I am not interested in re-creating the wheel. However, I'm also not throwing out any ideas just because I can't find them online or in a book. My place is going to be so tiny that techniques that would be useless on a larger building might be quite practical for mine.
It's interesting. It's fun. I'm finding myself very involved in thinking it through and making plans. I'm actually contemplating making a little mock-up of the cabin using either small sticks or Popsicle sticks. This would give me an idea of what it would look like, and at the same time if I use a properly scaled size, will provide me with a good feel for the angles and spaces involved.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Build a Log Cabin for $100
I think this article is a few years old, but it's still worth reading if you have any interest in log cabin building. They have some great suggestions. I especially like the idea for the stone pillars, and am considering what that would do for my own little building.
What I find interesting is that they don't mention letting their logs age. Apparently they cut them and put them up fairly quickly, without the dry time. This is what I will be doing. The pro is that it goes up much faster, and you aren't left waiting two years for the lumber to dry. The con is that the logs shrink (and can crack) as they dry, and if they're already on your walls, you may end up with holes that admit drafts (or critters), or even with a badly split log wall.
Since my own shelter is meant more to be a temporary shack which will allow me to learn better building techniques, I'm not too worried about it. My guess is that within two years I'll be in another place, and this isn't a primary dwelling place anyhow. On the other hand, one can always chink again.
I'm really excited to be doing this. I'm looking forward to having private space away from the family. I'm looking forward to having a place that I can go with the kids to have a fun night out. I'm enjoying the idea of going up to do reading and writing. Maybe I'll find myself an old manual typewriter and haul it up there. After all, I learned on a Manual Remmington!
It is my hope that the end result will be somewhat like this log cabin. I won't have the two slope roof, though, just a single slope from the back to the front (and the door will be on the side). We'll see... we'll see... Wish me luck!