Toms Build It - Learn how to build something new

How to Build a Log Cabin

So you want to build a log cabin? There are many log cabin companies that will build a cabin for you but if you'd like to build it yourself, its best to learn how to build a log cabin by reading many do-it-yourself books for the log cabin builder. Building a rustic log cabin can be fun and rewarding but remember, it can also be challenging and physically demanding.

First, you will need to secure the land to build the cabin. This land should be flat and preferably with running water and access to all amenities, such as electricity and phone lines. Of course, if your log cabin is just a place of shelter while hunting, you may be fine with lanterns for light and a fireplace for warmth. Once you're decision is made, learning how to build a log cabin perfect for you, should be easily accomplished.

There are many log cabin kits available for purchase. Whether you want a two story modern cabin with extras or if you want to cut your own logs, the choice is yours. To build a log cabin from scratch, choose fairly straight logs that are approximately 8 to 10 inches in diameter. Logs should be at least 16 feet long and only taper 2 inches or less. Fir, pine, spruce and tamarack are the preferred types of softwood logs. These logs are durable and lightweight. If you choose to use oak or other hardwoods they can become easily infested with insects and fungus.

When you're learning how to build a log cabin, you will discover that a foundation under your log cabin is necessary. You will want the footings to be 20 inches above grade level. In keeping with a rustic look, consider using stone for the foundation of your log home. Joists will need to be places across the foundation and should be made of the sturdiest of your cabin logs. Stacking logs into place is simple. Windows are cut out once the logs are set. The most difficult part of building a log cabin will be the notching of the logs. The easiest notch to make is the scribe. It is a rounded notch cut in the log placed over the bottom log. Purchasing a book, video or tutorial on how to build a log cabin and you'll be all set for building the cabin of your dreams.

Tom's Build It
Build a Bar
Build a Batting Cage
Build a Birdhouse
Build a Bookcase
Build a Castle
Build a Car
Build a Car Trailer
Build a Catapult
Build a Compost Bin
Build a Computer
Build a Deck
Build a Fish Pond
Build a Gun Cabinet
Build a Headboard
Build a Horseshoe Pit
Build a Hot Tub
Build a Hovercraft
Build a Loft Bed
Build a Log Cabin
Build an Outdoor Fireplace
Build a Paintball Gun
Build a Pedal Car
Build a Poker Table
Build a Pool Table
Build a Potato Cannon
Build a Ramp
Build a Radio
Build a Rubber Band Powered Car
Build a Shower Stall
Build a Shuffleboard Table
Build a Smoke House
Build a Soccer Goal
Build a Storage Shed
Build a Terrarium
Build a Trebuchet
Build a Volcano
Build a Washer Toss Game
Build a Water Garden
Build a Water Rocket
Build a Web Site
Build a Wind Generator
Build a Windmill
Build a Wine Rack
Build a Workbench
Build Your Own Car
Build Your Own Guitar
Build Your Own Hot Tub
Build Your Own Putting Green
Build Your Own Sauna
Build Your Own Wine Cellar
Custom Build Log Homes
How to Build a Barn
How to Build a Boat
How to Build a Dock
How to Build a Dog Kennel
How to Build a Dog Run
How to Build a Fence
How to Build a Garage
How to Build a Greenhouse
How to Build a Horse Stall
How to Build a Kite
How to Build a Lightsaber
How to Build Muscle
How to Build an Outhouse
How to Build a Patio
How to Build a Pond
How to Build a Retaining Wall
How to Build a Tree House
How to Build a Waterfall
How to Build a Welding Table

2005 Tom's Build It |