Monday, May 16, 2016

Back to the bone yard. . . .

 Got out to the cabin on Friday and started once again going through the remaining logs (the bone yard) for the new project.
Did not find as many full logs in good shape as I would have like, been it didn't turn out as bad as it could have been.
Over the years this particular cabin had had a few modification of new doors and windows done to it that there were not a whole lot of long logs to begin with.

This log to the left would have been the first log on top of the sill (first log down). The sill log is the one setting on top of the foundation.
This log to the left would be the next one, one of two connecting the two sill logs.
Usually the first log on top of the sill log would have this type of notch. Not a 'V' or 'dovetail' notch.
The logs after this one would then have the other notches.
Look how clean that notch is!
 Usually, like this one, you will find the cut-out for the bottom of the door on this log.

The sill logs would also often be where the floor joists were anchored to.

This log is one of the two top plate logs.
The last logs to go on.
The one the rafters are attached to.
The two wonderful notches tie the whole cabin together.
 Another view.
 These top two usually would  have been the longest logs on the building.
Here it is behind my car.

On these logs below, on the finished ends, you can see small holes drilled in them.
This would indicate the logs where doors or windows would have been. The door and window frames, in older cabins, would have been hand hewn boards, then attached with wooden pegs about an inch in diameter. I am using a couple old window frames as coat and hat racks. (remind me to take a picture of those.)

This log is one of two that supported the second story floor joists.

Look closely and you can see where the floor joist notches are.
I will get a better picture.

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