How to Build a Log Cabin By Hand – Homesteading Ideas

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Want to build a log cabin by hand? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve got some tips and tricks up my sleeve that I can’t wait to share with you. Now, I’m no expert, but I’ve dabbled in a bit of log cabin construction myself, and let me tell you, there’s something truly special about creating your own cozy retreat in the wilderness.

With that said, grab your tools, and let’s get started, shall we?

Everything You’ll Need

1. Plot your land

2. Choose a Plan / Blueprint / Kit

3. Know what wood and type of logs you will use. Logs can shrink as they weather, so make sure you ask for professional advice.

4. Will you need help? A professional team?

5. Do you LOVE your Log Cabin Kit? If not, make changes.

6. Do you have Log Cabin Insurance?

7. Know your budget. This can be costly, so plan ahead before constructing.

8. Avoid building in winter to reduce log checking, cracking, and splitting. You will also want shelter from poor weather.

9. After building the cabin, wash the logs and let the house dry for a week.

10. Coat the cabin with a mixture of linseed oil & turpentine to the outside of the logs – repeat every 5 years.

How To Build a Log Cabin By Hand

Step 1. Set Your Foundation

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Make sure that the piers and foundation are poured below the frost line.

Step 2. Sill Your Logs

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Step 3. Install Joist and Subflooring

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Install the flooring horizontally from the direction of the joists.

Step 4. Log Joinery

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To raise the log easier, face a nail ramp on the side wall and pull up the log with block and tackle.

Step 5. Framing Your Roof

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Step 6. Attach Roofing Board or Sheath

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Step 7. Assemble the door and window

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