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Forum topic by Biddles posted 10-26-2020 01:24 AM 233 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2020 01:24 AM

I’m not sure if this is in the right forum, but surely its not in the wrong forum?

Joinery. Log cabin joinery to be exact. I have seen many different styles of log cabin joinery. To keep things simple I’ve decided upon the butt and pass method. Now I don’t want to dispute strength, or anything like that as there are stronger ways of doing this, but at the end of the day this is a very overbuilt shed. It is not a log cabin I’m living in off the grid, it’s just again a very overbuilt shed. My question is in regards to the exterior wall however. When milling up the lumber for the shed, is it best to leave one side of the log curved, and exposed as in this picture?

Or just flatten all sides of the timbers square? Is there any benefit aside from one less cut, and saving on wearing out the blades doing the cutting work? Or is the curved timber actually effective in weather protection? Or perhaps its just for aesthetics? This build wouldn’t be possible without my free log supply, and with that supply I am building a large Lean-To structure to cover my sawmill which is coming next year. But since the supply is in abundance I’ve decided to build a log cabin style shed out of it. This isn’t just any shed however it will also be a future workshop that I plan to use for decades. So yes it is overbuilt, but I plan to put thousands of hours inside this shed of mine.

As far as the build is concerned it will be sitting on top of cement piers, and reinforced with rebar. 12×16 is my limit without needing a permit. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-30-2020 09:59 PM

The curved timber is an aesthetic choice. There is no practical benefit to having the curved exterior faces.

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#2 posted 10-30-2020 10:18 PM

The benefit is 25% less sawing, other than that it is an aesthetic choice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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