Build a Log Cabin Without Spending a Fortune

Dick Sellers dreamed of building his own log cabin, and he didn't let setbacks keep him from making that dream come true.



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A chainsaw can also be used to make angles and birdmouth notches.
CATHY SELLERS
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The first step to making window in the cabin is sawing out openings in the log walls where you want the windows to be.
BILL CLARK
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Originally, building a log cabin was a decision made out of necessity. Eventually, it evolved into a dream.
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A Birds Eye View of Dick's Log Cabin. For insulation, roll fiberglass out and staple it to the beams on the roof (top left). A water hose helps level the tops of the batter boards so they'll all be the same height (bottom). 
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 Boards and beams are cut with a chain saw.
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Dick welded pieces of sheet metal together to form a chimney.
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"The Thing," invented by Dick himself, is capable of lifting 2,000 pounds.
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Dick with wife Cathy and four daughters.
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Dick builds his stone fireplace in what is soon to be their living room.
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It's hard work, but well worth it!
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He later suspended this chimney form the rafters, 24" above the fireplace.
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