Log Cabin Saturday is a fun and informative new series where you can follow along the progress as we build a new log cabin on our Oklahoma cattle ranch!
Welcome to Log Cabin Saturday! It was a pretty exciting day when this delivery truck showed up with our logs for our log cabin. I’ve been hinting around at fun and exciting things to come for our family and I decided it would be fun to share our most recent adventure with you.
There will still be lots of recipes during the week, but I hope to post lots of photos every Saturday so you can see how building a log cabin progresses.
My husband has built quite a few log homes and this will be our first with the Smokey Mountain Logs that are flat on both sides.
We gathered up a few other materials to get started. Oh the trips to the lumber yard/hardware store! There are many, so many.
We have a slab foundation and to get started we swept off any dirt and debris around the edges.
They use cap nails to attach Sill Seal, a foam barrier to the bottom of each log. This keeps any moisture from the concrete (or wood if you have a wood floor system) from getting to the bottom of the logs. This is a half log, which are on two sides to begin so that the corners can stack together.
Next they drill holes in the log to sit over the anchor bolts which attach the logs to the concrete.
They also drill holes in the concrete and the anchor bolts are hammered and bolted down.
You can see these logs have a tongue and grove system that holds them together. This is the first course corner.
This is how it looks on the outside.
They run a bead of caulk between each layer of logs. This seals the joints and helps hold the logs together. This is a messy job!
14 inch log screws are used to tie the logs together. It is important to place them on both sides of the log joints.
An auger bit is used to drill holes in the logs near the joints to insert caulk and a dowel rod.
This adds strength to the joints.
The logs come in somewhat random lengths and need to be cut to fit the length of the wall or around window and door openings.
I have to say the beam saw scares me a little, that thing is huge!
After measuring and cutting this log will finish the second course on this wall.
The dovetail corners are my favorite.
The guys built the window and door frame boxes ahead of time and they are put in place as the logs go up.
One of the difficult parts of building a log cabin is running the electric wires and adding electrical boxes. We are adding minimal electrical boxes and switches in the outer walls and will be placing them mostly in the interior walls to make it simpler.
A forstner bit is used to help make the hole for the electric box.
Then it’s down to the old fashioned chisel and hammer.
The box has to set flush with the wall, you want the cover plate to hide the blue box.
The window boxes and door boxes are braced with a 2 x 4 to help keep them square.
So there you go, that’s a pretty good start and I will be back with more photos next Saturday! Watch for the #LogCabinSaturday hashtag on instagram and get sneak peeks throughout the week!
I’d love to hear what y’all think about this new series and if you are enjoying it, share it with your friends and family!