Friday, November 17, 2017

A couple of neat old photos.



This one is called Johnny Jackson's cabin.

Look at the size of those logs.
5 or 6 to make a wall. Wow!













This one is called slave' house.

It is pretty big. Nice chimney.

Maybe more than one family.

Most of the chinking is gone. Some metal tin covering some of the logs.

Could have been the land owners home, then passed down if the land owners moved into a bigger house.

Log Cabin life list addition - Tower Park St Charles County

 We are lucky to live in a county that has a very good park system.
They ranch from good urban parks to nice country or rural parks.
Tower Park has been around now for about ten years,  and this old brick home is one of the cornerstones of this rural park.
Once called 'The Pink Plantation' after going into disrepair it was moved and rebuilt.
Driving by the park last weekend I noticed they had added two log cabins.
So today I was able to go by.

This is how you first see them as you leave the parking lot.
The closest one is this one.
It has been reconstructed as a smoke house, which may have been its original purpose.
It is a very recent project.

The tags are still on the logs and the newly cut ends are still brown and not gray.
Very few of the logs have gray ends, so there has been a lot of replacements.
 'V' notches.

The only problem I can see with the project is that for some reason the chinking has already started to crack.

That either means it got really cold when it was drying or that there is not good support between the logs behind the chinking.
In this one you can see how bad it is cracking.
 I have a feeling this was rebuilt from logs from more than one project. That would explain the new notches on so many logs.

The foundation is very well done.


 Along the walk for these building are some nice plaques explaining the purpose of such buildings.

 Just across the field from the smoke house is this building.

It is a very nice two story.
 They have made sure to replace the windows with 6 over 6 which is very period.
The window boarded over here was probably not part of the original configuration and it would be fun to find out where this building came from.
 There are only two problems I see with this building. I don't know if problem is the right word, but there, I said it.

On both buildings, although perhaps maybe how they were at one time, the lack of over hang on the side, front or back means the logs will be exposed to lots of rain and water run off, which could damage the logs very quickly.
 Second would be having the stove pipe come out of the walls instead of the roof.

There are a couple of reasons for this having to do with flue gases and draft.

There is a math formula if you ever want to check it out.

Again, the foundation is very well done.
I hope to some day get to go inside these two.
 Again, another nice sign explaining some of the things on your walk.
 Another view of the Pink Plantation.

This time with the summer kitchen.

 If you ever wondered about summer kitchens. . . . .


 And a little bit on the old brick house.
I just love this park.

Thanks St. Charles.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Treehouse project - Got it covered! - well almost.

 Friday I just got work done moving leaves away from the cabins so no sparks would catch the place on fire.

Sunday I got back out and got some work done on the  treehouse project.

Added the last rafters on the north side.

Closed in, on top of the walls, the space between the rafters.

Then I was able to start on the roof decking.

Because I am working alone, and plywood is hard to handle alone up high, I am using 1x8x10 lumber for the decking.

I also used the same on the roof decking for the Adirondack project and really liked how it came out.
(This is from the south-east side.)
I took a while to work out the boards around the trees, but now that that is done it will go pretty fast.

(This is from the south-west side.)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Up, Up and Away!. . . . The Treehouse protect.

 Got out to the cabin on Saturday.
The fall colors were at their best despite (or because of) the dry summer.

Just love it out there in November.


Well I hope daughter loves her treehouse when it is all finished.

But if she doesn't, at least it will give me a good platform for a different angle on taking pictures of the cabins.


















 The walls are up, and on Saturday I got the roof rafters set and in place.

The higher math required to set rafters has always been hard for me, but it seems to turn out okay anyway.

This is the view from the north.

Cabin and last project in the background.
 This view is from the south-east.

There will be three windows, but I don't want to set them in until I am done with the roof, which I hope to do next weekend.

Now I have to design a ladder system she can pull up when she doesn't want company.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Log Cabin Woman - Olive Boone. Yea! those Boone's.

Nathan Boone: “In the spring of 1800 I built this cabin. It was small, without a floor, and as the spring rains began, water came in. Occasionally the puddles on the floor were several inches deep. My dear wife, Olive, and her Negro girl got poles to lay down for string pieces, then peeled elm bark and laid it down as a floor, the rough side up to prevent its warping or rolling up. That winter and spring she and her Negro girl cut all the wood and fed the cattle while my father and I were absent hunting.”


Olive Boone































Nathan Boone's home in St Charles where Daniel Boone died.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fun stuff - Cash recording studio. . .

Cash Recording Studio.




Speaking of notches. . . .

 A full dove-tail notch . . .
 half dove-tail notch. Can you tell the difference?
Saddle notch. Most common with softer woods, used a lot with newer builds made of soft woods and round logs.











'V' notch. Very common on hewn logs.






















 Our main cabin has 'V' notches (as does the new Adirondack project).
Our 'Pitts Cabin' has half dove-tail.

'I don't like flat notches', or 'Another cabin to add to my life list.'



Nope, I don't like flat notches.
Not many log builders do actually.

First are three drawings by different people on different types of notches.

While these drawings don't cover all the notches used in cabin building, they do cover the most common.

Most times flat notches are called a square notch.


If you notice in the this drawing and the next, flat notches can be done two different ways.


 This drawing is done by often mentioned on this blog Eric Sloane.
And by far the best drawing.

This drawing shows the notch just cut out of the bottom of the log.

But either type of flat notch allows water to sit on the notches and not drain away.

The flat notch is probably the easiest, and quickest, to make. Requiring less skill and less tools.

The flat notch is also the weakest in that it does not lock the logs together and keep them from shifting or moving.
 I discovered this little beauty earlier in the summer on my way home from daughters Girl Scout camp, and this past weekend, on the way home from a canoe trip, was able to stop and take photos.
 Sitting near it is this old small house.
Early fall like it is, the cabin is a little hard to spot with the trees not yet shedding their leaves.
At one time the cabin has been moved and rebuilt, or rebuilt where it stood.
The foundation is in great shape, which would suggest the move.
In most small cabins like this, groundhogs have dug under foundation and they have start to collapse. Or, as is most common, the foundations of small buildings were never made to last.
 The newish roof also suggests some recent up keep, as do the posts and the fact that it is wired for electricity.

I did not explore inside the cabin because I did not have permission from the owner.











 A closer view of the side.
The roof pitch also suggest a rebuild.
The chinking is in good shape which also means a good foundation is under the cabin, and that the roof does not leak.




















Here is a closeup of the flat notches.

The logs look in good shape and were originally well hewn.

A modern remedy for a flat notch would be to spike each log to the one below it, and to make sure your roof as a good over-hang to keep the logs dry.

You will probably not see flat notches on larger buildings.

Other than the flat notches, it is a really nice little cabin, and I would mind having it or one like it.








This is another flat notch cabin we saw at Deutsch Country Days this past weekend.