My log home build

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  1. brushbuster

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    I thought some of you might be interested in following along with me on this build over the next couple of years.
    My wife and I recently sold our log home this past winter, and decided we would build another one on our 10 acre parcel. We are fortunate that this parcel has a nice hill for a walkout basement, southern exposure and a large stand of red pines. This stand of pines has furnished me with enough logs to build our last home, and now we hope to get a house and garage.
    The first steps were to purchase a piece of equipment to help ease the burden of the heavy logs. After scouring Craig's lists for a few months I found a sturdy loader and backhoe that will hopefully be up to the task. IMG_20170305_124836.jpg
    The month of February and part of marched passed slowly but eventually the snow melted away enough that I could start the harvest of the pines.
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    The felling of the trees went rather quickly and without complications
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    The limbing , bucking skidding, marking sorting and stacking is slow going but we are making progress
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    This will be good.
     

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    Today my wife stayed busy sealing the ends with Anchor seal while I skidded more logs, at the end of the day I doubled that stack. Another weekend and we should be ready to assemble my sawmill and haul it to the site where I will mill the logs flat on 2 sides and mill up some lumber for the build
     
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    Do you have to let the logs dry after you mill them?
     
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    I'll start stacking once I get a moisture reading at about 25%
     
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    Nice neat work site. Do you have forks for the loader?
     
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    I'll be following this!
     
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    Following. This is going to be great
     
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    In a couple of years, I can see this thread catching the ground mole thread for most views.

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    IMG_20170401_172635.jpg Here are a few pics of my previous log builds.
    My last build
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    This build will be a ranch style much like the first build
     
  13. d_rek

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    Beautiful! My neighbor is wanting to build a log home. Oasis homes out of Almont gave him a quote for $100k just for the shell for a bi level. Seems pricey, but I know nothing about building a log home. Going to send him this thread to follow along.


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    Hey Brushbuster, is there anyone you know in the area that makes tongue and groove paneling? I'm building a shed and want to finish the inside with some pine I have. I'd supply the lumber.
    There used to be a place in Miller City but I think it burned a few years ago. I used The Log Jammer before but Bernie retired and sold his molder.
    Just a simple V-Groove T&G.
    I've heard the Amish in Mio do it but I keep running into dead ends when I try to get a name and number. Lots of guys BS'ing.
     
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    My uncle did the entire interior of his cottage in Posen with pine from his property. If I remember correctly after he milled it all he did was use a router table and had a special bit set to make the panels tongue and groove. If you can find someone to mill it router table and bits can be found pretty cheap.


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