Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Cabin is in the details

 With the stairway to the loft complete and the loft floor in I had a platform to work off from to close in the area between the top of the cabin walls and the roof.

Note: The blue outlet boxes are for the circuits that will be ran to the 100 amp fuse box. This will be the next step in the process and some new learning as to how to recess the boxes and make the wire runs for the 6 individual circuits to power up the cabin.

The gap between the roof and top logs is the width of the 6x6 rafters and needs to be sealed and insulated well. Wiring to loft outlets and light fixtures will also be run in this space.

The first step was to cut and fit the bottom piece as shown on the right side in the picture. This required a bevel cut at an angle that matched the roof pitch. Next the vertical piece was fit so that it butted up against the bottom piece and also was beveled to match the pitch of the roof. The triangle area behind these two pieces will be filled with insulation and make a nice seal to keep out the cold.

View from the loft looking at the stair well. The gable end will be insulated and covered will 1x 6 tongue and groove pine boards.
 
Here is a picture looking up from the main cabin floor toward the bottom of the loft floor. There will be a railing along this edge but this area will be left open to the roof. A ceiling fan will hang down in this area and help move the air down from the ceiling.

Next, wiring, windows, doors and roof steel.



Monday, October 12, 2020

Roof and Loft - That's a lot of wood!

The first order of business was to surface all the rough sawn boards that would make up the floor of the loft so they were the same thickness.


This was one of the two piles of shavings that came off the loft boards (imagine doing this with a Jack plane by hand). Note: When mixed with a little fuel oil this stuff make a great fire starter for wood fires.

This was a process to say the least. As the boards were various thickness from two inches + down to 1 - 1/2" the boards had to be sorted out from thickest to thinnest and ran through the surfacer in order of thickness to avoid constant height re-adjustment. After a couple of hours the job was done. With all the loft floor boards at just a bit over 1 - 3/4" in thickness.

The next steps in the process required a bit of multi-tasking. I decided that it would be easiest to stain and finish all the roof and loft boards before they were put up. It is a lot easier to do this when they are down on the ground and not overhead. So it was off to Menards to get the 16' long 2 by 8's and 2" styrofoam insulation. Here again a bit of engineering was required to get everything loaded for the 25 mile trip to Darlington. One thing that made the trip possible was the sheet of OSB plywood that I placed in the area  between where the two piles of 2 by 8 overlapped so that when the truck turned the upper pile did not catch on the lower pile on the boat trailer. Looks a bit like some of the load pictures you see on You Tube.

That's a lot of roof! Had to improvise a bit to build racks the would hold all 63 of the roof boards so they could be stained and finished. First the boards were stained using a roller and then two days later coated with a clear coat of gloss polyurethane.

While I was at it I thought it would be best to stain out the cabin logs as well. The week before I had bleached the logs to brighten them up and then wire brushed them to remove any loose material and smooth them out. Then using my Wagner airless sprayer went to town on the inside and outside of the cabin logs as well as the roof beams and supports. The Honey Gold stain really brought out the grain and color of the pine logs. Later I will also give the inside a coat of the gloss polyurethane to shine them up. When the sun is on it make it look like a picture out of the log cabin magazines.

With all the boards and cabin walls stained it was time to set some scaffolding and begin putting on the roof boards. This has gone pretty well so far. The 2" styrofoam will go on next and then the steel roof.

Here is a shot of what the roof is going to look like when finished. You may notice some dark 2x4's in the picture along side of the roof rafters. These were required to support the roof boards on the edges until the proper 6 be 6 beam extension pieces could be cut and attached to do the job.

So things continue to progress and soon the cabin roof will be on and any rain kept out so the inside work can begin, loft floor, loft stairs, gable end insulation, wiring, window and door frames...