Log Stairs

Blog entry by Chad_S posted 06-15-2011 05:43 PM 42341 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have put about 3k in to it so far and it will be about 4.5k when I am all done.
well I have been working on this project for about 10 months(nights and weekends) and I hope to finish by the 4th of July. all the Big logs (post, beams, stringers, and treads) are black Loucest, the railing are white ceder,. a the deck is good old PT 2x lumber with a loucest trim board.

I designed it on sketchup about a year ago and got a rough quote for a jaw dropping 25 k

the inspectors

well I have Dad helping

the rocks are grouted to footing tubes, an extra long anchor bolt goes through the rock to an eye bolt is connected to it and then from the outside of the log I thread a lag bolt through the eyebolt

I scribed all the log joints together with a lance-a-lot it is a chainsaw wheel that goes on a grinder but make sure you use a grinder with a paddle switch. (hospital visits are not cheap,But wonds do heal.)

To make the Railing I used The Logman2 to make the tenions. I highly recomend this tool it connects to your router and is alot cheaper then those pencil sharpener type.

some things I learned
-when make the holes for the mortises in th Balisters don’t take the whols rail to the drill press put it in place figurer out your spacing start the hols with a whole dril , take afew chunks out with a chisel and then finish the whole with a fostner bit.this method is alot faster and accurate.

you can often get wood for free or very cheap .
-timberlocks are wonderful but you may have to predrill them.

-loucest logs are heavy and very hard tie down straps are wonderful

-when using a lance-a-lot get a grinder with a paddle switch

-for rustic projects you need to harvest your own wood or you will get hosed
-everything about rustic is heavy and requirs more time
-I learned how to use a bark spud
-strip bark in the early spring as soon as you heve cut the wood down.
many more thing but I am running out of time
well I will keep all of you posted

-- starting out rustic the goal is to finish with a mighty new timber Frame Home

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posted 06-19-2011 03:14 AM

man that looks fantastic…...really like the look…oh and the dog and baby look so real :-) well done

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 07-31-2011 06:49 AM

wow, beautiful work! I gather from your post that you are doing the work yourself; is most of the cost just from the logs?

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posted 07-31-2011 08:59 PM

here is an up date

the logs were free there was alot of cost in the footings , the deck, the connections, specialty tools, and the roof and I m doing it all myself

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