29. November 2012 18:18
Cabin Building Day 9
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!
15. November 2012 18:11
Cabin Building Day 8
Finally warmed up in AK so I got a chance to get out and work on the cabin today. Here are some of the pics.
Pulling out Logs to make corner beams.
Pulling out beam logs pic 2
Getting ready to make 7x7 beams for corner posts and mid post.
First pass on corner beam, been getting pretty smooth cuts with the Baileys Low Profile Chain
First pass image 2
Second pass beam is 7" thick
Second pass picture 3
Finishest 7x7 post
First corner post in place and braced
One side wall completed 8' tall with true 2x4's on 16" centers
Getting logs just before dark (4 pm) for cutting Sunday.
Racking logs for cutting Sunday
Hopefully more walls up on Sunday.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 9!
9. November 2012 18:35
Cabin Building Day 7
-28 today, got the mill set up for cutting logs. Made a loading ramp out of 4" timber and some stumps. Also cut a 14' long in half and place in front of the loading ramps so the logs do not get stuck to the ice during the week. Plan on hauling some logs next week and start cutting 2x4's for wall studs. Going to put 7" corner posts in each corner and two middle ones on the 20' long walls so I do not have to deal with hauling trees over 12' long.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 8!
1. November 2012 22:18
Cabin Building Day 6
Hauled out the osb, only got stuck once on the trail thank god I have a warn winch on the back of my machine, its bailed me out more than once on this project. Got the rest of the floor joist and rims done, and put down the deck. Ready for some walls!
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 7!
25. October 2012 22:31
Cabin Building Day 5
Got the foundation all leveled up and started to put the rim joist and floor joist together. Hopefully be done with floor tomorrow.
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18. October 2012 22:53
Cabin Building Day 4
Worked on setting up mill on the lake and leveling out the foundation beams.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 4!
11. October 2012 22:45
Cabin Building Day 3
Heat wave today, warmed up to -13. Hauled the mill up on the sled. Went very well tracked right on the trail, a person could transport the mill fully put together a long way if bolted to a wooden platform in a sled. Next step is to clear off a place on the ice to put the mill and start cutting timbers for leveling the foundation. Will tackle after the new year.
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4. October 2012 17:44
Cabin Building Day 2
-24 today, was able to get trees cleared and beams put in place. Going to need to haul m5 up on sled during the next couple of days. Ground is not as level as I thought, so I will need to make some 6x6 blocks to get all the foundation beams level with each other above ground. Found the highest corner and will level there up to it to avoid having to dig in the permafrost.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 3!
27. September 2012 19:13
What follows is part one of a several part series that documents the true story of Mr. David Wightman of Galena, Alaska, and his ”logs to lumber” experience of building a cabin in a remote part of Alaska. The story is written in Mr. Wightman’s own words and originally appeared on the Logosol forum. We will continue to post new segments roughly once a week until the story is complete. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Cabin Building Day 1
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Well after 10 years of wanting to build a cabin with an M5 in a remote location in Alaska the adventure started off today. I transported the foundation beams, sill logs, sill tops, and the floor joist that I cut with my M5 at my house to the cabin site today with a snogo and sled. Eventually when I get the foundation done and floor deck completed I will be bringing the mill out to the site for the rest of the lumber making. Here are the pics and updates for the project.
picture 1 of 8x8 beams for foundation and sill logs
picture 2 of 8x8 beams for foundation and sill logs
Bull Moose taking a look at the lumber on the way out of town. Small spike fork with a large body, would have been a good eater!
Bull and Cow moose inspecting the progress on the way out of town.
Cabin site looking in from the lake.
Cabin site looking out over the lake.
Load #2 true 2x6 floor joist cut with M5 in town, loaded and ready for a ride. 10 miles out of town one way via snogo.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 2!
23. August 2012 22:42
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