Category Archives: Log Building Tips

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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Don’t Get Rid of Your Metal Scrap Piles

By Frank Vanderveur (reprinted from spring 2010 newsletter) Some of us have piles of “materials” laying in our back yards, materials such as scrap steel – long pieces, short pieces, pieces of all kind. These piles sit around our places, … Continue reading

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Scarf Saddle Boards

By Ronn Hann (reprinted from spring 2006 newsletter) Using this layout, tool uniform scarfs are marked on the wall logs when rough scribing. The log is then brought down from the wall and all notching and scarfing is done on … Continue reading

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Roof Structure Ideas

By Bill Olsen (reprinted from 2005 newsletter) Some years ago, when I worked at Frontier Builders in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, company founder Jerry Wait and myself were out looking at buying stumpage when we stopped by a log home … Continue reading

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