Monthly Archives: January 2012

What is the best lateral notch?

V-notch? Flat bottom? What is the best way to cut the lateral? Here is one response given by Gary Schroeder to a comment on Facebook. There are many opinions as to which style is best, for the lateral notch. As … 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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The Thin Tin Shim

By Ronn Hann of Northern Comfort Log Homes Reprinted from Spring 2006 Newsletter Several years ago, I made a simple 6” by 12” rectangle out of some aluminum flashing stock in order to lay out some 6” by 12” mortise and … Continue reading

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Work Safe, Work Easy: Crown Locator

By Robert L. Gifford (reprinted from fall 2008 newsletter) Using the right tool can make a job easy, enjoyable, and safe especially if you have a tool that is designed for the task at hand. In our line of work, … Continue reading

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