Build a Log Cabin for $100

Here's how an Oregon couple combined love of the land, native materials, traditional hand tools, and hard work to build a log cabin for $100.



069 build a log cabinn 5 main view
The author and his wife chose to build a log cabin following the Norwegian "stabbur" design: raised foundation, small windows, low door, and wide eaves.
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The home stands in Oregon's isolated Coast Range, miles, from any road or powerline.
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069 build a log cabin 2 hand tools
Using these traditional hand tools, the author and his wife built the cabin over two summers.
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Interior of the cabin by the main window.
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069 build a log cabin 4 stone and mortar piers
Stone-and-mortar piers capped with sheet metal keep the dwelling dry and termite-free.
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069 build a log cabin - diagram 1
Diagram shows method of notching the sills to provide a secure seating for floor joists.
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069 build a log cabin - diagram 2 side view
Side view of the log cabin.
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069 build a log cabin - diagram 3 front view
Front view of the cabin.
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