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Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 18

by dotcompost 31. January 2013 22:54

Day 18

Cabin 4/16/11

1x6 skip boards in place

Eave and Gable trim in place and all ready for metal.

Plan on putting metal in place on Sunday.

Snow melting on trail in front of Cabin, got in the 50's in the afternoon.

Pulled mill of the ice so it doesn't become an anchor, put it in the cabin for the summer work after break up.

Snow melting around the arctic oven, hoping to get one more weekend to get things done until June.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 19!

Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 17

by dotcompost 25. January 2013 00:22

Day 17

Cabin Building 4/13/11

Haven't put up pics for a couple of weeks because I can't remember to bring my camera. Got all but one of the trusses done last weekend, only have one more to make in the jig. Have them up on the top plates ready for 1x skip sheeting before putting on the metal roof.

Started moving slabs of the ice and stacking them for next years fire wood. Spring is on the way, maybe 2 or 3 weekends left before traveling by snowmachine will not be possible. Great days for building now with daylight hours from 7 am to 11 pm.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 17!

 

Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 16

by dotcompost 17. January 2013 23:09

Day 16

Cabin 3/28/11

Spent 4 days up at the cabin, got all the siding up, start working on trusses next.

East wall

Logging on a spring day in Alaska.

Lunch and the cabin.

Coal the building supervisor

Slab pile is building up on the ice, need to move it off for next years fire wood before the pond thaws out.

Students get lunch down the trail from the cabin with the pellet gun. 2 Spruce hens and one rabbit.

Great weekend, hope that winter hold out at least 2 more weeks so I can get the roof in place.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 17!

 

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Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 15

by dotcompost 10. January 2013 20:01

Day 15

Cabin 3/20/11

Worked on putting siding on this weekend.

House wrap installed and siding story board marks made on wall.

South wall left side done.

Right courses done up to top of window.

South wall finished with siding.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 16!

Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 14

by dotcompost 3. January 2013 19:37

Cabin Building Day 14

3/13/11 

Got a couple more logs cut down ready for making siding and put the double top plates in place. Squared up the walls and braced them, ready to install house wrap and siding next weekend.

24" Big Daddy Spruce, hope that 20" chain from Baileys comes in for this one, been on order for 2 months now, should be in this week.

Top Plates installed

View from above

Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 13

by dotcompost 27. December 2012 23:57

Cabin Building Day 13

3/7/11 

Got the last wall framed in today.

Top plates next, then start putting up siding.

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Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 12

by dotcompost 20. December 2012 18:50

Cabin Building Day 12

3/5/11 

It finally warmed up in interior Alaska

Got the second long wall done with the window openings. One more wall to go.

End view, planning on getting the last wall with door and window done on Sunday.

Loaded up the big spruce to cut some 2x4's

Big spruce with log lifts bottomed out, just able to take a small slice with the 20" bar, to big for the 16" bar.
Had to use a standard stihl chain and standard 20" bar, ordered a 20" bar and low pro rip chain from Bailey's but it has not come in yet.
For those who are wondering how the mill cuts with standard cross cut chain, it really slow and makes some big chips (lots of them)! Rip chain is way faster!
Really did not have a choice, was able to take off 4 slabs and get the log down to a 14" square cant to cut with the 16" low pro rip chain and bar.

14" cant is the max for my 16" bar, cut two 4x14" cants from center then rip the both at the same time into 2x4's, nice getting 2 stud boards with each pass.

Was able to yield 15 true 2x4's and one 1x14" from the large spruce.

 

Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 11

by dotcompost 13. December 2012 23:40

Cabin Building Day 11

2/20/11 

After not being able to go out for two weeks (temps in the -40's F) on the weekend, finally got out this weekend. Two plus feet of fresh snow so I spend most of my time digging things out and getting stuck pulling logs to the mill. Was able to get the rest of the wall beams cut and some of the walls studs for the last two walls. Planning on getting the walls finished up next weekend if its not -40!

Logging in 4' of snow, mad felling skills on the right tree, should have been a field goal kicker J

1st tree loaded up ready to head to the mill, got stuck 12 times on the way (1/4 mile), with a 24" superwide track!!!! If its not -40 its 4' of powder. Warn winch got its workout today.

Snow around floor deck, lumber for last two walls.

 

Mill after digging it out of the snow.

 

Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 10

by dotcompost 7. December 2012 00:08

Cabin Building Day 10

2/5/11 

Stayed the night at the building site in the Arctic Oven tent, temp dropped to -28 in the middle of the night. Didn't get as much done on the walls but was able to haul in a couple of trees. Got some more corner posts made along with some 2x4's and 1x7's. If the temp goes back up, planning on going back out Sunday and put up at least one more wall.

Camping out in Arctic Oven tent with woods stove, keeps thing toasty warm at -28.

Tent and Cabin.

Logs ready to mill

Logs ready to mill

 

The above log was the first one that was too big for me to cut with my 16" bar, had it loaded on the mill with the log lifts all the way down and still could not make a pass with the 16" bar. Have a 20" bar coming in the mail to take care of this one. Never thought I would max out the bar with an interior Alaska Spruce, but its possible.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 11!

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Building a Cabin in Alaska Wilderness with the Logosol M5 Chainsaw Mill: Day 9

by dotcompost 29. November 2012 18:18

Cabin Building Day 9

1/30/11 Sunday

Had a local inspector looking at the project this morning when I arrived, I think he was happy with the progress so far. Suggested I upgrade to a m7 J

Back to building

Had too much taper on this one and had to cut it down so the 16" bar would cut it. Cutting another corner post.

Side wall done.

End wall done after dark.

End wall pic 2

Planning on getting the other walls done next weekend if the weather holds out.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 10!

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