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Forum topic by MOBOY posted 10-20-2011 10:30 AM 1169 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2011 10:30 AM

I am looking to build my own log cabin to save money rather than buying a log cabin kit. I am going to buy a saw mill to cut my own 6×8 logs to build it but am having a hard time finding out what type of wood logs to use. I have an extreme amount of soft maple and ash that i would love to use for this project but am not sure of its strength and weathering capabilities. Anyone have any experience with these types of wood or know of what should be used for this project. I live in central MO and the typical trees around here are what i described above and all different types of oak. Thanks.

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 06:58 PM

I wouldn’t recommend the maple, but the ash should work; either way, or whatever way you go, I would definately recommend flooding the wood with a bug/rot repellant before you put them together. My neighbors log cabin (it is douglas fir) was found to have about a billion (give or take a couple) ants in the lower logs, and the damage just about collapsed a wall. Best of luck, I would love to do the same thing!

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 03:30 AM

western larch would be great for a cabin do to the high sap content ants and bugs wont touch it it will last outside for years untreated, as well as western hemlock would be another great choice because of the terpentine in the hemlock the bugs wont touch it

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#3 posted 11-07-2011 05:42 AM

Cedar would be a good one to use. Probably too spendy.

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

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 09:19 AM

Log cabins are nice, but consider that solid wood walls such as the ones used in log cabins are many times heavier that conventionally framed walls. Because of the weight of the structure you will have to have a lot more invested in the foundation.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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