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Blog entry by Mike Chapman posted 08-23-2010 11:44 PM 5173 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On July 10, 2010 I began to build my log hunting cabin. It starts with harvesting blown down white pine.

We had a horrendous wind storm two years ago that left millions of board feet of timber in ruins. We put some it to good use. Go to my website and navigate to “Work-In-Progress”. There you will see the White Pine hunter’s cabin being created from logs, to lumber, to rough cabin, and finally, to finished cabin.

I’m building the log cabin right outside of my woodworking shop. It’s on skids and will be relocated to my east hayfield which is prime wildlife habit.

I should confess that I no longer hunt with a rifle because I’m just to darned old. These days, I shoot with a digital camera. Let me know what you think of this adventure.

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 01:09 AM

Very cool; Thanks for sharing and keep us posted.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 01:46 AM

lookin good, nice save on the pine.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 02:28 AM

Enjoy your build.
You will enjoy shooting with the camera. I’ve Been doing that for years.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 03:46 AM

I love hunting logs too!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 08-31-2010 02:08 AM

Well I’ve been trying to get a photo or two into this blog post but have failed every time. Even the original post photo link has problems. The URL below is the lasted photo of progress to date on the White Pine Hunting Cabin. I think the best way to view the project is to go to my website (no ads, no hipe, just a photo gallery). Look at the “Work-In-Progress” page. Clicking on any photo will bring up the enlarged version.

Meanwhile, I will try to figure out how to get a photo into this posting process. It should not be this hard. I may finish the cabin before I figure out the photo embedding procedure.

http://mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com/picture/p8300003.jpg?pictureId=6613083&asThumbnail=true

-- mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 11:42 PM

Perseverance wins. I finally go a photo embedded. Below is the current stage of work on my White Pine Hunting Cabin. So far its been great fun. After spending the winter months inside the woodshop building two Sam Maloof inspired rocking chairs, it feels good to work on a larger scale outdoor project.

I am beginning to cut roof rafters from 4”x6”x10’ beams. I’ll need a couple dozen of them.

-- mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 02:52 AM

Recently we set the 25 ft. ridge beam and cut the gable end log to fit the roof pitch. Next we set the arch beam and king post. The first of 26 roof rafters is in place. Now a bunch more await.

-- mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 04:51 AM

Looks great. Nice work on the dovetail ends and the timber framed aspects of the roof.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#9 posted 09-07-2010 02:54 AM

Rafters are going up. They are 4”x6”x10’ beams and heavy, heavy!

I could only work half a day today because we delivered a horse drawn corn binder and a 3 bottom disk plow to a Amish family this afternoon. The gentleman that heads this family has a woodworking shop that is absolutely astonishing. It’s a story that needs to be told and I hope to tell it when times allows. Problem one is that Amish do not like photographs in most cases. Consider this. There is no electricity on this farm but the wood shop has every piece of power woodworking equipment you would love to have in your shop. Again, no electricity. Still, there is a 20” planner, 18” bandsaw, 32” pin router, 40” double drum sander, 10” table saw, 12 head dovetail cutter, 8” jointer, 1’ spindle shaper, complete dust collection system for entire shop, and the rest is unbelievable. Oh ya, shop is heated by an Amish forged wood stove.

Like said, a story that needs to be told.

-- mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com

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#10 posted 09-09-2010 10:43 PM

Roof rafters are up. Now its raining like crazy, so it will be a few days before work on the cabin will continue.

-- mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com

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#11 posted 09-13-2010 03:52 AM

Windows are cut into logs. Don’t make a mistake here or you will live with it.

-- mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 12:07 AM

So far so good. More to come. Much more already on my website.

-- mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 10:18 PM

Ok, its weather tite. Inside is next.

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#14 posted 11-06-2010 11:51 PM

This is a little coal/wood stove that I got from an auction in Larned, Kansas. It’s the perfect size for this little cabin. Although this picture does not show it, there is a fire burning in it. I was curing the coat of Williams Stove Black outside so that fumes and oder would not be inside. The old stove with its newly blacked exterior works perfectly.

-- mikechapmanwoodworker.squarespace.com

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#15 posted 11-07-2010 12:14 AM

Hey, Mike, you are a man after me own heart. I love your cabin and your web site. I’ve made this a favorite. If I ever get too old to support myself and the government goes broke and won’t be able to give me my social security so that I have to fend for myself when I am toothless and broke then if God will bless me with the where with all to build such a cabin as this on a little plot of ground where I can maybe grow myself a few vegitables then I will be totally content to live in such a beautiful mansion. This is beautiful to my eyes and I will come here ever so often to spend a quiet moment of solitude and rest my weary feet even if it is a moment of time in my innermost mind and soul. Thank you so much for posting this.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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