3. January 2013 19:37
Cabin Building Day 14
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
20. December 2012 18:50
Cabin Building Day 12
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.
13. December 2012 23:40
Cabin Building Day 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.
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!
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!