This week on Log Cabin Saturday, I am sharing the progression of the log walls to their completion.
In case you missed it last week, I shared the start of our log cabin that we are building on our Oklahoma ranch. This week the building continues. Some of these photos were taken just before sunset. The guys tend to work long days to get it built as quickly as possible.
Each wall starts at the corners and they work their way around, making cuts between the windows and doors.
This is about course 6 and the higher they go, the harder it is to lift the logs into place by hand.
After the log is set, it has to be adjusted to make sure it is a tight fit and that it is sitting just right before moving forward.
After dinner, we all went over and the guys set a few more logs before dark. It has still been so hot and humid here in Oklahoma and it does start to cool down just a bit before sundown.
A hammer and a wood block are sometimes used to get the log into place.
Log screws are inserted at each joint on every course.
The caulk is run down the center of each log to seal the joints and help hold the logs together.
Here again they are using the hammer and a wood block to get the log into place.
This was a tough one, but they were able to get it into place.
Holes are drilled through each course of logs to run the electric wires.
I helped the guys pull some of the wire through as they were setting the upper courses. It was hard to get the heavy log up on the wall without pinching the wires!
The electric wires run all the way out the top of the logs and then will run through the ceiling to the breaker box.
A view from the exterior as the logs are going up.
Trimming a log to fit with the beam saw.
The dovetail corner after seven courses.
Adding more screws to the joints.
Here he is cutting a notch in the log to go over a window. This creates more stability in the wall where the openings are.
Our brother-in-law came on Saturday to help out with the final courses. The help was much appreciated. Here they are setting that notched log over the window.
Who needs a ladder to caulk the top? This kid has never been afraid of heights.
You can see the last course on two sides ends with a half log, just like we started.
Exterior view from the front.
Finished dovetail corner details.
Completed side view.
Other completed side view.
Rear view of completed log wall.
From the front, and you can see the stack of framing lumber for the inside walls.
View from inside of finished log walls. I really, really love how it has came together!
The logs are up but there is still so much to do. Check back next week to see how the inside framing goes!
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