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Log cabin- logs cut, notched and stacked in one weekend

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Project by fredinmt posted 05-04-2010 02:47 AM 5914 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last fall I bought a woodmizer sawmill and have used it to cut a lot of timbers. I decided to cut some logs for a log cabin.

I designed and built this log dovetail jig.

I cut some timbers on Friday after work. On Saturday, I hired my neighbors son (16) to help me for 8 hours, sawing logs and cutting notches. By Sunday afternoon, 28 logs were sawn, notched and stacked.

The logs are 7” x 9”. The cabin is 11’ x 15’-6”

-- http://logdovetailjig.com





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 05-04-2010 03:03 AM

Why such wide cracks to caulk? Welcome to LJ!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 03:06 AM

I too wonder why the gaps? is there a purpose i missed? The jig looks like it works great though. Good luck

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 04:08 AM

Very nice, I like the jig too. One weekend is very impressive! Chinking gaps, very common.

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fredinmt

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 04:23 AM

The gap is about 2.5” I would probably reduce that to 1.5 on the next one.

Thanks for the comments!

-- http://logdovetailjig.com

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 04:30 AM

fredinmt,

I was almost going to give you the benefit of the doubt. I went to the website, looked around, but then I looked at your profile. You even went to another post from another Lumberjock who had posted his jig nearly a year ago and posted your link. I think you need to read the posting rules again.

•Don’t advertise your business or the business you are affiliated with. If you have a product or service that you would like to advertise contact our advertising department. Note that labeling projects as “for sale” as well as adding your business website to your profile and signature is allowed.

Regards,

-- Jim

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fredinmt

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#6 posted 05-04-2010 04:42 AM

Sorry about that- I didn’t read all the fine print.

I edited the project posting but cannot delete my post on the other one. I will need to ask the site admin to do that.

-- http://logdovetailjig.com

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 04:48 AM

Ok. Now you get the benefit of the doubt. It’s just that other post that made me suspicious. Good luck to you with your log cabin and the jigs.

Best,

-- Jim

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#8 posted 05-04-2010 04:57 AM

Jim, do you mind editing your post above?

Thanks,
Fred

-- http://logdovetailjig.com

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#9 posted 05-04-2010 06:07 AM

Sorry Fred, there’s only a small window of opportunity (60min.) for comments, not the same as for posts. My apologies to you. I can see your point of view and your willingness to correct the post is evidence to me of your good intentions and I think everyone will see that too.

-- Jim

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 07:17 AM

Hey Fred. Cool jig. Welcome to Lumberjocks. What part of Montana? I grew up in Darby, about 65 miles south of Missoula.

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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#11 posted 05-04-2010 07:20 AM

Fun stuff, thanks for posting this. Welcome to our forums!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#12 posted 05-04-2010 01:21 PM

Steve:

Thanks!I live near Helena.

-- http://logdovetailjig.com

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#13 posted 05-04-2010 01:52 PM

having built one similar myself and having made a similar jig might I offer this advice…...take it or leave it

it is far easier to “chink” a 2.5” gap then a 1.5” gap. In this american dovetail style it is common to fill the void with expandable foam insulation between the wire plaster lathing which is nailed/stapled to the logs, then using a two part epoxy cement to “chink” the gap.

I built my first one for a client who demanded a 1” gap which became a nightmare to chink and is now, to this day, somewhat a perpetual maintanance issue. the second cabin I was allowed to use a 2” gap and it was a breeze to chink and has needed ZERO maintenance to date.

Nice cabin

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 05-04-2010 04:05 PM

Great Jig! I for one hope you sell a truck load!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#15 posted 05-04-2010 07:27 PM

Interesting stuff Moron

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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