More Cabin Motivation

I’ve written a bunch about how we are building this cabin, but not much lately on why we are building this thing. Since we are at a point between the first and second floors, and I’m back to peeling logs (more on that later), now seemed like a good time to review. Not only do people use widely varying methods of building a log cabin, but they have widely varying reasons for building a log cabin. Talking to other LHBA members and other builders on facebook, I’ve discovered that not everyone is going to live there full time. The reasons … Continue reading More Cabin Motivation

Tapered and Crooked Logs

A depressing reality… The more logs I cut, the more I realize how crooked, twisted, bowed, knotted, and generally undesirable they are. It came to a head the other day while peeling them with Julie. We went and looked at each log, trying to figure out how to use it. I remember from class that we were told you can use the crooked ones in doorways and windows- you cut them at the worst part of the bend, and extend them past the door. Or you can winch the bows out of some of them. Our logs are sort of … Continue reading Tapered and Crooked Logs

More of the same…

Basically, the past month has been like this: buy gas and oil for chainsaw, sharpen chainsaw, cut trees, move branches, drag logs, use trailer to drag heavy logs, put logs on racks, peel logs, borate logs, repeat.   On the LHBA forum, others are using their Suburbans and other vehicles to move logs. I thought, our Landcruiser can probably do the same thing, so I gave it a try. Didn’t work at all.   I’ve been making room on racks one and two to make room for new logs. But I ran out of room, so I had to sacrifice … Continue reading More of the same…

Stuff Breaks

Since the beginning of this project, stuff has been breaking: Logs are too heavy, I do dumb things, money is tight, I have another job, etc. My whole life, I’ve been working in jobs where I see areas that need improvement- more efficient methods, outdated standards, etc, and every new job I get, I try to implement changes that are more efficient. I guess my whole life has been one of “process improvement”: I had this old Nissan Sentra my grandma sold me for $1.00. It had been through several cousins as a starter car. Finally came to me. One … Continue reading Stuff Breaks

2016 July 18: Slowly getting back to work

I got the stitches out on Monday. Went in to my doctor- vertically- and had them take the stitches out. My knitting scissors were too big to do it myself. Had to endure my doctor trying to strong-arm me into getting a tetanus shot. Originally, I wrote a big, long post on why I don’t think it’s necessary, and then decided not to post it.  Instead, let me just summarize: If you believe in tetanus shots and vaccines, good for you. If you don’t: also, good for you. Here are a bunch of studies on Tetanus that may open your … Continue reading 2016 July 18: Slowly getting back to work

2016 July 07: Military Trailer Log Arch: Part II

Note: I meant to post this around 7/1/2016, along with a video showing how it worked. But then I had “the accident” (read about it here). I’ll post this anyway, so you can see the intent of the arch. I’m going to re-do the arch, and I’ll make a post about it when I get it done. Photos of the build last weekend (6/25/2016): One of the better welds I made…. Pretty proud of this- first time welding, had a great instructor (Ellery), who just let me go for it. It will fit on the trailer like this. From the … Continue reading 2016 July 07: Military Trailer Log Arch: Part II

2016 July 05: (Almost) a disaster

I haven’t felt like writing much since last Wednesday. Besides, I haven’t been able to. All work stopped on the build Wednesday (6/29) about 5:50 pm. I almost lost a finger. And I typed this entire message with 9 fingers: #10 is in a brace. I was trying out the arch- and it wasn’t going well. After I built it, I re-calculated the vector forces while lifting- and found out they were almost double what I was expecting. I thought that by having the weight of the log carried by the arch, it would reduce the force needed to lift … Continue reading 2016 July 05: (Almost) a disaster

2016 June 24: Military trailer Log arch

I’m finally ready to tackle this log loading problem. Here’s the issue: I’m getting trees from the property next door. I’m cutting them myself, bucking them (I figured out that bucking a tree means taking off the limbs), then skidding them (dragging them) with a tractor over a small ditch and onto my property where I stack them on some sacrificial logs to keep them off the ground until I peel them. With a smaller log, the tractor can pick it up with tongs, lift it high enough to skid, and I can easily skid it and get it to … Continue reading 2016 June 24: Military trailer Log arch

2016 May 11: It’s the little things…

Last night, my wife decided to come help. The neighbors really want to meet her. Arthur had a dentist appointment, so I had to wait for him, and then took him out to the property. I had a tree that I cut down at the neighbor’s house the day before ready to skid back to the property, so I loaded up the tractor to go down the street and get it. I showed him how to drive the tractor- and pointed out that it had manual steering. I’m not sure he understood what “manual steering” meant. He went along fine … Continue reading 2016 May 11: It’s the little things…

2016 April 24: More Work

I see it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, so here are some updates: Weekly schedule Lately, my weekly schedule goes something like this: Monday – Friday: Take Chris to school, then go to work from 6:30 to 3:30. Check with Julie- see if going out to the property fits in with our schedule – and it usually does, so – drive out to the property. peel whatever logs are out there, or clean up branches and debris from last cut. Saturday: Fell new trees. I’ve cut a total of 8 trees, which is really behind where I … Continue reading 2016 April 24: More Work