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Forum topic by kzot posted 12-20-2011 01:47 PM 1382 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2011 01:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar posts cabin rustic

We’re building a cabin in the NC mountains and we’re attempting to make it unique in many ways. We’ve planned to have a cedar tree (9’ log post) start at the main floor and rise to touch the beam of the loft area above. Another log would rise from the floor (above the first post and now on the loft floor) and rise another 9-10’ giving the appearance that the log was in place and we built around it. Here’s my question: we would like to have the upper log, with branches, reach out over an area that is open to the rafters above the living room. Anybody have experience or suggestions on cutting some of the branches outside before installing the tree and then re-attaching the branches so they look like they were never cut. I know, my wife thinks I’m a little goofy too! Any advice would be welcome!

-- Kzot


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#1 posted 12-20-2011 02:26 PM

The only thing that I can think of is to drill a hole in the trunk and then a hole in the limb and insert a threaded rod to hold them together with friction.

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 08:23 PM

Doweling was my first thought too, but I don’t think it would hold as well as I personally would trust. I would bore holes thru the limb bases and lag bolt them to the trunk. I’d use 1/2” (maybe 5/8”) lag bolts that reached into the trunk section at least 4”. The holes would be drilled at 1/2” all the way thru the limb, but bigger for no more than half way thru the limb to allow the head of the bolt w/ flat washer to recess when installed; a plug would fill the hole. I’d predrill the trunk holes 1/4” smaller than the bolts. Just my personal thought. And goofy to use a tree and limbs like that in a mountain cabin? I think it’s a great idea! I know of an OLD cabin here in NW Oregon that has a large tree as it’s foundation. It has dirt floors and the walls were literally structured by the limbs of that tree. An old wood stove sets in the middle of it. It’s long rotted out but kinda cool to think about it.

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 03:40 AM

Go to this you tube video and check out a few of the videos, the guy is incredible.
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He has done something like you want to do.

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