Monday, August 21, 2017

Another good day on the project.


Saturday I got time off for good behavior and got to get out to the cabin and worked.

I got up early and was placing rafter joists before 8am.

Here they are looking from the north-west.








I went with 2 foot centers on most of them, with the framing on the ends changing that just a little.

With the kind of decking I plan on putting down, 2 foot centers will be plenty strong.
 From the inside looking up.
This is the front from the south-east corner.

I think you can really see the shape and plan now.
 Took a little time to plan and build the over-hang.

I went with a one foot over-hang to give the logs plenty of protection during a shower.

Without a ridge beam on the over-hang I had to do a little math (guess work) to adjust the length of the rafter.
Here it is on the other end.

The back side (west) will still be supported on the plate at the back wall, while the front is floating free, thus the need for the box framing.


















 Here you can see the framing finished from the north-east.

We already enjoy sitting up here with chairs and looking out towards the fire pit.
 Same view from a little higher angle.
 Back and front came out nice and even and will be easy to put a board along the front to finish it off.
Looking from the east into the front.

Decking on the roof next.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Finally back at it!

 If you remember, this is about where I left it last Dec.

Between having to replace the main cabins porch roof and having eye surgery on both eyes I have missed some time working in the new project.
 Well I finally got back at yesterday.

I started by placing the last two logs needed to finish the gable ends.
They had to be cut and notched to fit around the ridge beam.
Circled in red is the log on the south side.
 I then fit the roof joists on both sides of those logs.
This sandwiched four logs between joists and made for a tight fit.

I have the blue tarp on to give a little shade and protect the wood a little from rain and sun.

Once the other joists are on it will come down.
Here you can see the log and the joist sandwich.

Now that those are supported, I was able to remove a lot of the junk lumber holding the logs up, which makes it look a lot cleaner.
The small log on the north end.

While visually it does not look like a lot of work done, it was key stuff that needed to be done before I could finish the roof.

Now it should go pretty quick.
















Saw dust on a spiders web.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Arrow Rock Mo.

 We went to the theatre in the small historic town of Arrow Rock this past weekend, and while waiting out the crowds to leave town we drove some of the back streets and found this gem.

This is the back.
The chimney is nice but would not have been period.
 This is the front of the little cabin.
I like the foundation they put under the cabin.

And the only bad part of the rebuild is the bowed logs on this end.
They have now started to catch the water and are in pretty bad shape.
Luckily the corners have stayed dry, other wise the cabin would have fallen.
 Another view of the front.
I like the windows they have used; six-over-six.
 Although not unusual, you don't see a lot of cabins with logs joined like this.

There are three reasons this could have been done.

One; maybe there was not enough man power or horse power around to move larger logs, and the builder had to use smaller logs.

Two; Maybe there were no large logs. Not likely in Missouri, but possible.

Three; An extra room was needed and added later.

I am going with lack of man power and the need for smaller logs.


Closer view of the front.

Paintings of log cabins - Jon Van Zyle

I discovered Jon's work when I bought the book; Mardy Murie Did for my daughter.




















What follow is and example of his works. Jon Van Zyle






Some more Boy Scout log cabins.