Friday, November 8, 2019

First Log Round Complete

The first round of logs for the cabin are in. For an added touch I cut a blind dovetail for the joints of the side logs to the front and back logs. This will provide a mechanical connection at these corners, although unnecessary, I think it will enhance the cabin.

First item of business was to layout and cut the socket for the dovetail. Using the framing square blade width (2") and tongue (1.5") for distance units. The dovetail female socket was 4" x 2"  and 3" long and 3" deep. This was cut and chipped out and then the mating dovetail cut to fit.

One down and three to go... The true test will be in the fit. Care was taken to chamfer the edges of the mating dovetail as the last thing I wanted to do was have to struggle with these if they hang up when assembled.

Well that worked out better than I planned!

 Now with the first round of logs cut and joined it is on to Round 2. Sizing the logs and then cutting the half dovetail joints so that the chinking joint is between 1.5" and 2" will be the next challenge.
So far so good.