Log Cabin




Introduction: Log Cabin

Log caibns sean hard to build but are not hard to build if you have the know how. My friend and I started a log cabin about a year ago.Im planing to build an ne part on the cabin that will come of the door and make a L shape. I m planing a camp out in it this weekend.

Step 1: Materials

Land to build on (Common Land or anyother land)
Logs (About 10-12ft long)
Buck saw
Small sledge hammer
Large spike nails
Planks or Plywood
Roofing tin
Tin screws
Hex bit for tin screws
Cordless drill
Wood stove (Optional)
Windows (Optional)
Chain saw (Optional)

Step 2: Finding a Building Site

To start this off you need to find a flat spot on the ground about 15ft by 15ft. Make sure that the flat spot is not near any water or near swamp land, becaues it will make the logs rot faster. Now rake the building site so the it is only dirt.

Step 3: Base

Next cut down two 11ft logs with the axe or the buck saw. One tree should give you about two to three 11ft logs. Once the logs are cut to length lay them parallel to each other, space them 9ft apart so that there is about 1ft of over hang. When in place cut notches a foot or so from the end of the log, cut the notch about 1/4 through the log. The notch will hold the next log in place. Do this on each end of both logs. But only on the top side of that logs.

Step 4: Walls

Once the two base logs are finished keep cutting 11ft logs to make the walls. But know knotch each side of the logs so that when you place the logs down on top of each other there is no gap. Once you have built up to the hight that you want cut out the windows with a chain saw and 6the door as well.

Step 5: Rafters

Once the door and windows are cut out put up rafters. To do this cut down about 5 to 6 6in. logs. Then lay them over the top and nail them in to the top log of the frame.

Step 6: The Roof

For the roof all that we did was frame it with 2by4 then put logs around them. once that was done we found so tin in the woods and put it on.



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    Do insurance company's cover this??

    not bad for your fisrt one, me and my dad made one that we are now living in, it is pretty cozy  4000 square feet.  its my dads 7th "cabin" he built.  good job

    Good job,better than freezing asses off in a tent,I like it.Whats the inside measure?

    Also to make it more permanent you are suppose to have a foundations, could you build on an existing cellar hole left behind from hundreds of years in the woods?

    How much did it cost you? Do you need to season the wood? How many does it sleep? How did you insulate it? And can you build it without nails or what not? Me and my friends are planning to build one like this in the Vermont as a sugar house in winter and a camp in summer!

    My parents built numerous log cabins in my tween years and do it myself cabins are pretty easy. I'm glad to see that at 13, you and your friends didn't get hurt while building the top half.
    A couple stupid suggestions from someone who lived years in a log home.
    1. $10 for a small iron fan that goes on top your wood stove. The heat coming up the base of the fan causes it to turn and blow warm air around the cabin.
    2. under your floor should have a layer of weather proofing, I.E vapor barrier. Very important for longevity and mold .

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    I'd be very carefull before I fire that thing, you don't want to die because of carbon monoxyde

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    Are you talking about the stove, because It is all sealed off so we can't get cardon monoxyde posining.

    I don't know about the specifics of your installation, but a very good friend of mine lost a little brother through carbon monoxyde intoxication coming from a badly tuned refurbished oil stove !

    Thats to bad about your friends brother. But yes my dad is sheet metal worker and he checked it out and it does not leak. But having it leak was a big concern of mine too.


    I put a stove like this in my fireplace and it worked out good when the power went out. If I left a cast iron fry pan on it all night it would be heated just right for bacon and eggs in the morning.

    In such a small area I would crack a window to make sure you don't pressurize the cabin, so when someone opens the door it doesn't back draft. Leaks for the most part should draw smoke up the pipe. Like these folks tell you be safe first.

    Do you think that after looking at these pictures that this cabin will hold vacuum? Don't get me wrong......I do like the work of this cabin.......I might even ask if the builder will build some for other people. ( just kidding about the contracting part.....maybe!)

    In my cabin (not log) and my house, we have wood heat.  we have 2 carbon monoxide detectors in each of the rooms.  without opening a window or any of that stuff we have not ever had a detector other than the smoke detector go off.  Just dont use a old rusted out stove and keep your stove vents open so it burns properly and you should be fine.

    Wood burner stoves if they have a small leak all it does is make it burn the wood faster because it lets air IN and sends the smoke out the pipe. Think a bit here guys. This stove in the picture is a small one compared the the one in my cabin. Dam thing could get it 90 deg inside if not careful, and opening damper all the way will pull the SMOKE through and burn all the wood in the belly. Much experience with Pot Belly Stoves.

    Hence the word.........."OIL BURNER"........dddaaaaaa!!! Come on here! Kerosene and oil burners are not covered by a smart insurance company. Being a former Fire Fighter......these were the ones that caused most fires and deaths.