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Larry J. Bishop replied to Larry J. Bishop's discussion How to season logs before building
"Hi Tim, I thought if I built with green logs I'd have issues with the log shape changing…"
Tim Waterman replied to Larry J. Bishop's discussion How to season logs before building
"I would go with the fir logs over poplar which is similar to aspen where I am from.  Aspen…"


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Posted by Samantha Trueheart on January 16, 2018 at 12:40pm


How to season logs before building 4 Replies

Hello,My first post, after wandering around in this forum.I am planning to build a 26'x32' log framed garage - my first such project.  It's a spare-time kind of thing, with no strict schedule.  I'll be using 15 existing sonotubes for a foundation:  3 wide (13' spacing) by 5 deep (8' spacing).  I'm guessing it will be a 4 year project to complete.To start it off, I'd like to season my logs.  My 15 main posts will be 16' and 22' long, and probably 12"-16" at the butt.My first questions: (1) I…Continue

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Started by Larry J. Bishop in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by Larry J. Bishop on Wednesday.

Best stain for western red cedar 3 Replies

Hello I have finished and restored several log homes, but have never worked on a western red cedar home.  What are the best finishes to use and what to avoid?  I know they wrc has a lot of tannins and want to get the best finish on a newly constructed home.  Is water based or oil based better and why?Continue

Started by Tim Waterman in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by CharisB on Tuesday.

Documenting The Journey Advise Welcome!

There are many projects and repairs to be made in this home.  One that bothered me the most was the wall issue.  Seems whoever framed the inside walls didn't bother to line the studs up with the grooves for the sheetrock to slip into.  I'm left with huge triangular gaps and open grooves.  I searched the internet and could not find where anyone else had this problem and so I was left to my own devices. :P.  I'm experimenting with the unfinished hall closet.  What I did last night was fill the…Continue

Started by Ellie Choate in Repair and Home Projects Help on Monday.

So many questions... 4 Replies

Hello,  I just moved into my first log home.  We purchased the home in NE Georgia to escape the brutal winters of New Hampshire and we're loving the weather.  The home was bargain considering the location.  It's not without it's problems though and we knew this going in but until your living in it you just don't realize how big the issues are.  I got sleeves to roll up that's for sure.This log home was built in 2004.  We don't know by who and from the looks of how wrong every thing was done it…Continue

Started by Ellie Choate in Repair and Home Projects Help. Last reply by Ellie Choate Feb 16.

Can logs be taken to a kiln? 1 Reply

I'm interested in building a small cabin from the trees on my land. I only need this to last 2 or 3 years. Is it possible to take my logs to a kiln and pay to have them dried?Also, If i only want it to last 2 or 3 years and Im totally ok with shrinkage and cracks in the walls thinking I'll just seal it. Do i need to have them kiln dried? Continue

Started by Dan Daughtery in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by Donald Parsons Feb 15.

Logs needed in California 1 Reply

Looking for logs for adirondack lean to in California.  Need about 300 lf of 8" logs, preferably D-style.  Anyone know of companies in CA that will sell a small bundle of logs?Continue

Started by baconman in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by Cynthia Gugg Feb 12.

log cabin porch furniture help 1 Reply

newbie here, enjoying your forum. we are at the tail end of completing our cabin. we need some simple porch furniture, specifically something to put shoes in. possibly a DIY, something rustic complementing the log cabin look. anyone have any suggestions? (disregard that white door in the middle of the porch)thanks!Continue

Started by joe smith in Welcome to the Log Home Forum. Last reply by Donald Parsons Feb 12.

HELLO IM NEW 8 Replies

Hi , i am new to this site, currently i am thinking about purchasing my first log home, but i am scared of the maintenance and up keep, can anyone help me out and give me some advice on the maintenance of log homesContinue

Started by austin spain in Welcome to the Log Home Forum. Last reply by Mike Feb 7.


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