Log Cabin

96,704

247

81

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.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Materials

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

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Cardboard Speed Challenge

      Cardboard Speed Challenge
    • Sculpting Challenge

      Sculpting Challenge
    • 3D Printed Contest

      3D Printed Contest

    81 Discussions

    0
    rmurphy11
    rmurphy11

    9 months ago on Introduction

    I was diggin the cabin just as it was. Then I realized your age .. Made it that much cooler in my opinion! Good job! Be proud of your work. It has inspired me thank you.

    0
    Arr0gantExp3rt7
    Arr0gantExp3rt7

    6 years ago

    Do insurance company's cover this??

    0
    crazwolf
    crazwolf

    10 years ago on Step 6

    looks great guys,good job.

    0
    badboynick7
    badboynick7

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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

    0
    spylock
    spylock

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hell,yall aint got a cabin,its a lodge,plenty of room.

    0
    mjarthur
    mjarthur

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    a 4k sq ft log cabin? got any pics? how long did it take to build?

    0
    spylock
    spylock

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

    0
    jamob
    jamob

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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?

    0
    jamob
    jamob

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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 .

    0
    n79c
    n79c

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Two great sugestions

    0
    maffiou
    maffiou

    12 years ago on Step 6

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

    0
    Atvr4u500
    Atvr4u500

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

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

    0
    maffiou
    maffiou

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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 !

    0
    Atvr4u500
    Atvr4u500

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    F:\DCIM\101MSDCF\DSC02436.JPG
    0
    Dr.Bill
    Dr.Bill

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    0
    jsummerlin
    jsummerlin

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 6

    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.

    0
    spa31rky
    spa31rky

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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!)

    0
    pickford78
    pickford78

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    0
    spa31rky
    spa31rky

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.