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Hi everybody. This is my first instructable and I hope I do this fine establishment proud. I have acreage of mixed forest with a large quantity of cedar at the south side. I had to take quite a few trees down as they were becoming a problem on the trail. I couldn't bear to waste them as they were straight and solid so I decided to build a little hunters/trappers get away.

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Step 1: Location and floor

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I chose a spot near the creek in a field where many deer come. I used pressure treat 4x4s cemented 4 feet deep in the ground as a foundation. I then used 2x10s to build the joists to be covered by the floor. The dimensions are 10 feet by 12 feet. Once covered with 3/4 inch flooring.

Step 2: Saddle jointing the logs

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This rough sketch explains how to saddle notch the logs. It is best to roll the log on top and sketch the diameter of the bottom log onto the one you will cut. I used a combination of chainsaw, fox tail saw and axe to groove out the saddle. Be patient and you will be rewarded with a tight fitting notch. You continue to build your walls up in this manner. I used 4 inch wood screws every so often to hold the logs in place. My cabin is "backwards engineered" as I had been given some windows and had some which were replacements from my old house. Basically, I made the cabin fit around the windows. The door and frame I build as well as all window frames from 2x6 spruce.

Step 3: Frames and roof trusses

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I custom made the roof trusses and made sure they were exact replicas to each other. Once I got to a height of approximately 7 1/2 feet I started putting up the trusses. Once secured, and all the window and door frames were in place, it was time to roof.

Step 4: Roof sheeting

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Here is a look at the cabin with the roof sheeted and braces now pulled away.

RoseH11 month ago

I love the idea of using roof trusses. They truly make the cabin feel for me. I'm sure they also help keep the roof more stabilized The roof sheeting looks really nice too. I would like to see a picture of the final product if you can share it!

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add 2 small solar panels going to a charge controller to 2 sla(s) batteries an a small inverter. to have basic lights.

The solar panel idea is a good one. I was going to do that for my cabin, but it was too far into the woods to economically transfer the power from the panels to the cabin. I would have had to use 00 size cable to prevent a voltage drop. One other option is, if you didn't want to use an inverter for lights, they make a 12 volt AC/DC LED Edison 26 standard screw in bulb that puts out light equivalent to a 50 watt incandescent, but the LED bulb only uses 7 watts. Just buy off the shelf 120 VAC light fixtures and wire them up to your 12VDC system and screw in the 12 LED bulbs.

macrossmaniac (author) 11 months ago

The solar panel idea is great! I will definitely look into that. Thanks

macrossmaniac (author) 11 months ago

Hi everyone. Sorry for not getting back sooner. I will post some interior picks soon. A rough estimate of cost is about $1000. I spent $408 on the steel roof, $130 for floor (sheeting, wood, cement), $180 on chinking, $70 on wood screws (4 inch) and $100 on incidentals like paint. Of course I probably missed a few items. Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments.

SLEDHEDONE11 months ago

every time you go there you'll remember him, that's good memories my friend!

Can you give a rough estimate on total cost of the build?

It's so cute! Can you post picrues from inside?

Madmarl1 year ago
Nice job! I helped my brother build his log home a number of years ago. Lots of work, but awesome to look at when yoi are done!!