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First three rows of logs

May 21, 2017
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Easier than putting together a Lego castle! That’s what building a log house is. You don’t only have a clear plan of what kind of part goes where but they even tell you which exact part goes where. There is a unique number for everything. It’s almost idiot proof. They even tell you which package to open first and which one comes next.

We have 5 packages of logs. Each of them about one ton of material. Once one opens the rain and sun-proof foil covering the logs (and preventing mould), one is looking at a neat pile with each log numbered. In our case, the first logs, which are the half logs, are even on top of the pile.

Not all the logs are exactly in the pile in the order one needs them. The shifting of logs to get to something at the bottom of the pile is not exactly fun but it doesn’t take more than four hours with two people to put a pile like the one above into the desirable places of the building.

The first row is quickly placed on the foundation. Each log extends roughly 1 cm over the edge of the foundation on purpose (the purpose being that any rainwater drops down and doesn’t run down the foundation). Pushing the logs around to hang over the edge at an equal amount is still easy by simply pushing them by hand.

The second row is equally quick to assemble.

But after the second (or latest the third) row of logs the measuring and adjusting starts to ensure that one is actually building an rectangular shape and not a diamond shape. In case of the workshop there is not one but a total of 4 diagonal distances to be measured (each twice from each corner to the other) and then adjusted to be roughly equal. One would be amazed how easy the measures are off from what they are supposed to be. One would think that something as precisely manufactured than the joints of the logs would be automatically a rectangular. But we were off by more than 2 cm on the longest distance of 13.2 meters.

After 30 minutes the measures were roughly what they were supposed to be. At this stage, the adjusting of the logs does not work anymore by pushing them by hand but a few gentle hits with the 10 kg hammer gets the job done.

Two particular measures are very important for the workshop building. The distances in the front and the back between the two separate parts of the workshop. Because the two parts are joint to one building at row 17, even the slightest tolerance will be extremely hard to correct at a late stage when the weight is already more than 3 tons. Therefore, we dug out the log from row 17 and put it in place after row number 4. At this stage we were only 2 mm off and it was easily corrected, but even the 2 mm prevented the log to slide into place easily.

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  1. May 22, 2017 7:03 am

    I’ve now passed this phase twice with my two buildings, and I am still sorry that I did not picture it like this. Thanks for sharing.

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