Closing in the Gables – Part 1: Framing and sheathing

With the windows and doors almost all installed, we decided to change gears and close in the gables. This part of the house is not structural, so I have more leeway with how to do it. I still used 16″ centers for my framing, though. I decided to frame it in with 2×6’s, since I had almost all the lumber I needed for free from when I was working on the roof and a guy just wanted to get rid of them. The biggest challenge was getting it all up there. My 24′ ladder only reaches the top of the … Continue reading Closing in the Gables – Part 1: Framing and sheathing

Installing Exterior Doors

This is a follow-up post on building your own exterior doors, which was covered in my last post. Building doors is a satisfying project. It can be tedious and sometimes stressful, but only in the sense that you want to make sure things are exact. If done correctly, the end result will bring you satisfaction for years to come. In this post, I’ll discuss installing doors in door frames and some issues we ran into with hardware for custom doors. Door Frames A lot of videos I watched on door frames made it seem complicated. None of them covered exactly … Continue reading Installing Exterior Doors

How to Build an Exterior Door

The Setup The front door of a house says a lot about what’s inside. It also says a lot about the designer / builder. Much has been written about front doors. And you can’t just use any old door for a log cabin – they don’t look right. I couldn’t see building the entire house, and then “buying” a door – just seems like a cop-out. Yes, I know – I bought shingles instead of froeing them from cedar…. 🙂 I was surprised when I looked at front doors at the hardware store – they can be extremely pricey. And … Continue reading How to Build an Exterior Door

First Exterior Door Frame

The Setup We’ll have three exterior doors. The first one is on the actual back side of the house. We wanted a door with a large window in it so plenty of light can come into the house, and also so we can look out into the backyard. The next one will be on the side of the house in the kitchen. This will be a utility entrance – pull into the carport, drag all the groceries out of the car and use this entrance to bring things into the kitchen. The front door will be the formal entrance. Use … Continue reading First Exterior Door Frame

Floor Joists – Part III: subfloor

In the last post, I finished the joist installation. Before installing the 4×8 3/4″ OSB panels for the subfloor, I wanted to get everything as near as possible to level. The set up The 2×12 double beams are made out of 20 foot long boards. They are not perfectly straight over that distance. When I installed them, I checked carefully for any crown in the boards, and placed it up. But you don’t want your joists following the crown of the beam. I used a water level to level the joists, and followed that line when installing them. The idea … Continue reading Floor Joists – Part III: subfloor

Floor joists – Part II: beams and joists

The setup With the rim joists installed, it was time to install the two double beams. They are 20 foot 2×12’s sandwiched together with 1/2″ bolts and nuts, there are 4 boards in each of them, and they span 40 feet across the house, supported by 5 piers each. There are two of these beams. I decided to install one, then attach all the floor joists to it, then install the second one later. Space is at a premium inside my cabin with all the lumber and osb stacked inside.   When I set the forms for the inner piers … Continue reading Floor joists – Part II: beams and joists

Floor joists – Part I: Rim Joists

Note: This happened before the chinking post, but I got too excited about chinking! So here you go…. The setup Staining is done. Gutters are done. Logs are dry. But the ground inside was staying moist – like, all the time. I thought after I got the roof on things would eventually dry out inside the cabin. Weirdly, they didn’t. Our water table is somewhat high, but not overly high- I dug down 4 feet and didn’t find any water. It must just be “the humid South”. I researched and found that installing a vapor barrier – basically 6 mil … Continue reading Floor joists – Part I: Rim Joists

Staining Logs

It’s been a lot of work getting to this point where we can stain the logs. About 9 months. Why has it taken so long? So many reasons, that I guess I should start at the end of the last major milestone- the roof. Summary: June 2019 – March 2020 I got the roof on June 2019. I had promised myself and my wife that I would finally get that truck working and install the new motor. So I took a month off from the cabin and worked on the truck- replacing parts as I went. I got it running … Continue reading Staining Logs

Guest Post: Homemade Face Mask

As many of you might know, my wife is a talented seamstress. With all the scary news about catching Covid19, she decided to make her own face masks. Her instructions are below:  I know that a homemade fabric mask is not the same as an N95 mask. So I wasn’t going to even bother making one until my friend who owns a pharmacy put out a desperate plea for help. “We’ve been told to use whatever measures we can to protect our staff and I can’t get any masks even though I’ve been ordering them since February,” she said. “If … Continue reading Guest Post: Homemade Face Mask