We have the cabin done and now we want to biuld a car port. I have acres of cedar...big stuff. I woul dlike to build the car port out of these tees and think it would look cool. Any advice on how to do it? I cannot find resources on use of whole tree trunks as corner posts for the builing, rafters, etc.
That is great information. The laser level and the bucket lift I think are going to be key points...and the shims. What tools did you use to notch the tops of the logs? Simply a chain saw and then finish work with chisel? Did you run a piece of allthreaad or rebar out of the pier and into the base of the tree for lateral stability? Is that even necessary?
I did my posts a bit different on my porch. They are full trees 16 ft. + in the front (spaced about 8' on centers). I built the deck first using small cedar logs flat sawed on two sides for joists (spaced 2' on centers). I did not like attaching the posts for the porch roof directly to the deck, so I put piers in and used cedar trees as posts, notched them a bit to fit around the joist (and bolted them to the piers and the joist). I could not do a standard level on the 32' main beam, since it is hewn tree etc. so I had to eyeball and scribe and measure. Since the tree tops are only about 6" to 8"....I set the main beam on top and used iron / steel straps to secure the beam to the post. It probably would have looked better to use large screws, but I do like the look of the narrow straps.
As far as really large posts....I forgot to mention Ken Pieper's Stone Mountain Cabin web site....he has a small cabin that used very large posts.....I really like the look;
Thank you. The details are helpful to understand how you put it together. I am thinking my corner and middle post trees should be 24 inches at the base which should put me 16-18 at the top. This thing is going to be free-standing too, so I will not have the house to stabilize it as would a porch. I am guessing it will have to be a bit beefier to stand on its own, but I am no carpenter and really do not know. I will likley have a contractor build it, but I want to be able to chime in and recognize issues ahead of time. I appreciate all of the different approaches as well as it will help me to help my contractor.
Nice sized posts!
That should hold up a tank!
I really like the look of the large posts.
Sounds like a great project.