Category Archives: Techniques

Octagon King Post Onion

By Duane Sellman of Sellman Log Structures Reprinted from Spring 2012 Newsletter The timber frame (my first) I have been working on has an octagon shape in one corner. It is 16’ across and the 8 sided king post is … Continue reading

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Window and Door Layout Adjustments for Sweep in Header Logs

By Ronn Hann of Northern Comfort Log Homes Reprinted from Spring 2012 newsletter On my first couple of log building settings, the header log on the wall resulted in not lining up with the centerline of the logs below. This … Continue reading

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Staircase Jig

By Frank Vanderveur of Minnesota Logworks, Inc. Reprinted from Spring 2012 newsletter Here is another way to cut the correct angles on the top and bottom of the staircase. This jig that I have tried worked well for me, it … Continue reading

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Roof Ventilation Issues Can be Resolved by Meeting Standards

By Dan Perkins of Dan Perkins Construction Reprinted from Fall 2006 newsletter As buildings have become tighter, a variety of issues related to roof ventilation—including ice damming, water condensation and mold within the building envelope—have tormented owners and contractors alike with … Continue reading

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Keyway Cradle Holes

By Ronn Hann of Northern Comfort Log Homes Reprinted from Fall 2006 newsletter I use cradles for all my one notch logs and find them very convenient for roughing down these pieces. It occurred to me that if I accurately … Continue reading

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Scribing onto the Scarfs

By Ronn Hann of Northern Comfort Log Homes Reprinted from Fall 2006 newsletter The notching system I use has best been described as “scribing onto the scarfs.” Follow me through. The scarfs are layed out and cut at the same … Continue reading

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Wall Slots with the Craftsman Twin Saw

By Duane Sellman (reprinted from fall 2009 newsletter) The “Twinsaw” from Craftsman can be a very useful tool. It has 2 circle saw blades that rotate in opposite directions minimizing the kickback tendency as the blades make contact with the … Continue reading

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