Log cabin construction techniques and designs for the modern home can be rather tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. In fact, many people are embarrassed to order a log shed or home kit from the lumber yard because they think it will cost them too much. But learning the basics is certainly the easy part, the challenging parts are usually hidden in the fine details of the actual cabin plan itself.
One of the log cabin construction techniques that surprises people most is the use of corners for joining the walls and floor joists. A corner is a piece of wood that runs parallel to the edges of your log home. There are a few different ways to use corners and I’ll describe the best ones here. The first technique we’ll discuss is called the full dovetail notch.
This log cabin construction techniques comes straight from early American pioneer days. The full scribe log cabin was built using double-logs, usually round, stacked one above the other. The logs were notched with a Scandinavian cutout and each of the logs had a hand-scraped notch at the bottom edge. Because each log was unique and usually cut according to personal preferences, these half-dovetails were often remarkably good looking.
The second technique is called the saddle notch. Rather than cut individual logs by hand, (though there’s nothing wrong with this if you prefer), you would cut a larger, heavier log called a saddle notch and use this as the corner of your cabin. The cut log was then fastened to the lower side of your main cabin through a saddle notch. While this isn’t a hard and fast rule, the best cabin cottages were always saddle-notched because this has a more authentic look to it, almost like it was custom built for you.
The last of the log cabin construction techniques we’re going to discuss uses something we all know – double-slats. The idea with double slats is that you can have one door open in the center and then have a slatted door on each side. This makes a bigger space and makes it easier to move your furniture around. It also keeps your floor flat since there aren’t any hard surfaces to scrape when you move heavy boxes.
The last technique we’re going to discuss is called scribing log homes. This involves finding a long, wide plank of wood that will serve as your frame. You cut this log into circular shapes but instead of putting the pieces together right away, you put them on an angle. You round up the ends of the slabs with a jigsaw. Once you’ve finished scribing your circles, glue them together and then nail them onto the log frame so they stay in place.
These are just a few of the ways you can build a log home. There are so many options available, you’ll have no trouble finding something that’s perfect for your needs. If you’re into using real logs and not manufactured milled logs, then these techniques are exactly what you need. Otherwise, start with round log homes and find a company that offers these. When you choose a company to purchase your milled logs from, make sure that they use high quality, kiln dried logs.
It’s important to choose a company that uses good quality kiln dried logs. Since you’ll be relying on these logs to build your log home, you want to be sure they’re as good as it can get. If you’re worried about saving money, don’t worry. You can often purchase your own round logs at a much cheaper price than you’ll find when purchasing milled ones. After all, it costs less to save a few dollars on the purchase of logs than it does to pay an entirely separate company to milled them for you. You can also save money by doing the cutting and drilling on your own, which are another option available to you if you don’t want to hire someone else to do it for you.