I have always loved log cabins........big cedar logs, huge stone fireplaces, and a pleasant outdoorsy feel. There's just something special about log cabins. Someday I hope to build a log cabin of my own somewhere out in the middle of nowhere! But until then, I'll have to keep it small scale and build mini cabins. Like well...a log cabin for birds!
Step 1: Cut out Patterns
Print and cut out the patterns. Trace the patterns onto wood, and cut the shapes out. Depending on the thickness of your wood, you'll have to adjust these patterns a little bit.
Step 2: Glue Together
Glue the walls to the base, and glue the gables to the walls. I used Tightbond wood glue, if you plan on hanging it outside, you'll want to use a waterproof wood glue, like Tightbond 2. I made mine mainly for decor, and it turned out too nice to hang outside. But it's up to you.
Step 3: Gather Logs
While your waiting for the glue to dry, go and gather your "logs". Find dead branches 1"-2" in diameter. Cedar, pine, and oak are all very pretty woods. For log cabins and log furniture, I prefer cedar.
Step 4: Prep the Logs
I have tools for creating cedar log furniture, so I am fairly well set up for preparing the logs. If you have tools to makeshift what i'm doing then do it! But if not the logs look great with bark on too.
1. Get eye protection and work gloves (I know i'm not a big fan of eye protection either...trust me though, if you don't your eyes will be glazed with saw dust)
2. Take off the knobby parts, and pointy parts off the log using a band saw
3. Using a grinder with a sander adapter further smooth out the roughness of the log
4. Using a draw knife take the rest of the bark off the log (turns out I ended up using just the grinder for most of the finishing)
Once your log is finished it should be smooth and without bark.