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    Thinking of putting up a small line cabin (10x12) this fall and want to use chainsaw milled 3-sided logs. Problem is they'd be green. Am I gonna have trouble with twisting and warping as they dry out ?

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    Probably but there's ways to minimize the problem. Basically it's not a piano and you just deal with the issues.

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    Spline 'em. Make 2" rips out of 3/8" CDX, run a groove with your saw down the centerline of the logs, put the strips in, put sill seal on either side, and screw the corners. On a place that small, not really necessary, but whatever helps you sleep at night.

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    Default Wait untill they are dry

    I just finished building my first and last home in Gakona Alaska out of D-Logs. It started out as a 1960's homesteaders cabin and we converted it into a very nice home. We went all out and built 3,100 sq/ft facing Mt. Sanford and Mt. Drum. Hell of a project, took 2+ years to build with lots of help. The walls are 10 inch composite (log over frameand the logs were cut 3 years ago and dried for a full year to beat the twist issue.

    I know this a home –vs- a cabin but green is mean and yes you can do many things to deal with the drying process but it is a pain in the ass and dry will solve most of those issues.

    Good luck with the project.

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    North ,whats the size of that thing? ( Just the log part) ( First floor sq footage)

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    Oh and by the way nice job.

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    OSD is 44x32 or 1404 main floor, 915 second floor and 750 finished basement with a 600 SQ/Ft root seller under the orginal cabin.

    I purchased the homestead back in 97 while working for the BLM in Glennallen. It is a 6 inch D log and we framed a shell inside with 2x4 construction, house wrap between the log and frame visqueen, blue board and T & G 6 inch white spruce inside. This gives us a huge R value home that is very tight and the T & G gives the appearance of log inside but the value of traditional stick construction..10 walls, thick!

    I will add some pics of the inside but it is built with a open loft concept with very few walls. Lots of rock work as the hearth is the center of the home. We pulled a bunch of green slate out of a slide down at O'Brian Creek back in 04. Lots of Diamond Willow, Burles and the floors are bamboo and tile, no carpet!

    Come on down and take a look at her, right on the Gulkanna River!


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    Rock photos
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    North thats a labor of love.

    Outstanding job.

    Really like the dimond willow, heck I like it all.

    Good job and maybe one of these days I'll be able to stop by.

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    Awesome work!! More pics please!!!!!!

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    You guys are killing me, I took 160 pics over the length of the construction, 18 months. I will add the first pick befor I tore the old homesteaders cabin down and started building.
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    Rip her down!
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    Default Up stairs rail

    Up stairs rail being built, Hand cut and cleaned up with a draw knife.
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    Rail work and looking over the loft

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    sorry. I will try againe.
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    Back bedrooms, Bamboo flooring and T & G
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