A Home From The Woods
Adventures and Methods Restoring and Building Authentic Log Cabins
by Michael Antoniak, c. 2002 iUniverse









Table of Contents
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Part I: Restoring An Authentic Log Cabin

Chapter 1 A Log Cabin Home of Our Own

Chapter 2 Methods for Uncovering and Restoring An Old
Log Cabin

o Finding Your Cabin
o Tools
o Uncovering The Cabin
o Cleaning The Walls
o Repairing/Replacing Logs
o Treating The Logs
o Preparing To Chink
o Applying The Chinking
o Modernizing The Cabin

Part II: The Hand-hewn Log Cabin

Chapter 1 A Hand-Hewn Addition, The Old Fashioned
Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Chapter 2 Methods for Building A Hand Hewn
Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

o Selecting The Site
o The Logs.
o Selecting Your Trees
o When To Cut?
o Bringing Them Down
o Cutting The Log
o Moving The Logs
o Hewing The Logs
o Hewing With An Ax
o Working With An Adze
o Notching The Corners
o Make A Template
o Planning For Electrical And Plumbing
o Starting The Cabin
o Framing The Door
o Raising The Logs
o Framing The Windows
o The Cap Logs
o The Roof
o Final Steps

Part III: Building A Cabin With Round Logs

Chapter 1 A "Quick and Easy" Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Chapter 2 Methods for A Rounded Log Cabin
o Planning
o Cutting Your Logs
o Prepping The Site
o The Rounded Saddle Notch
o The Rest Of The Cabin
o The Chinking

Part IV: Removing and Rebuilding An Original Log Cabin

Chapter 1 Trials and Tribulations With An Unexpected
Find . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Chapter 2 Methods for Taking Down and Rebuilding A
Log Cabin

o Finding A Salvageable Cabin
o Document Before Dismantling
o How Will You Use It?
o Take Plenty Of Pictures
o Keep Copious Notes
o Assess The Structure
o Isolate The Cabin
o Removing The Chimney
o Tagging The Logs
o Preparing To Take Down The Cabin
o Final Preparation
o Undoing The Roof
o Taking Down The Log Walls
o Lowering The Logs
o Windows And Door Frames
o Removing Floors, Joists And Sills
o Putting It All Back Together
o Replacing Damaged Logs
o Adding A Loft for Upper Rooms
o Windows, Doors, Interior Walls
o Framing The Roof
o Modifying Or Adapting An Old Cabin For New Uses
o Cleaning The Logs
o Treating The Logs
o Chinking
o Finishing Touches, Final Thoughts

Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Appendix A Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Appendix B Adapting The New: Modern Methods and
Materials In A Log Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

Appendix C Other Methods for An Authentic Looking Log Cabin . . . . . . . . . . 215

Resources  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

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