As mentioned in our last update, Steve and the family drove through Abilene and spent two days working with us in mid-February on pulling electrical wiring. Steve has continued to be a major asset to our project and a great friend, too. He gave Monty a shopping list of things to have on-site when arrived to be able to get to work. Here are some pictures showing the end result:
The guys wet the logs with a power washer, in order to better absorb the Borate solution Ricky is spraying on in the picture below (ordered from Twin Creeks Log Home Supply). You do this to protect the logs from wood-eating insects prior to staining.
It seemed like a good time to have a father-son camping trip in March, so Monty, Michael, TC, Stratton, Ricky and Russell were the first ones to sleep in the log cabin. Before heading to bed some target practice was done and dinner on the campfire was cooked, along with s’mores. On Saturday morning, the guys cooked breakfast on the campfire and went fishing at the neighbor’s tank. Michael caught his first fish with a new Star Wars pole and got to hold his uncle’s big bass for a picture, too!
On our way to Pensacola, Florida to hang out with Emily’s family and celebrate her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary, we were able to stop in Baton Rouge for two nights at our dear friends’ house. We spent 2 years in South Korea with Holly and Joel and hadn’t seen them in 18 months.
While Monty was off playing, Ricky and TC were working hard to stain the log house. The stain on the logs is Sikkens Log & Siding Dark Oak. The product on the rafter tails, rafters and Tongue & Groove roof decking is Wood Guard Clear. Both were ordered from Twin Creeks Log Home Supply.
The next step was to shoot thousands of 3″ nails into the logs where the chinking (mortar) would go to provide support and prevent cracking. TC drew the short straw and became the gunman. During his glorious reign as the “Nail Chin King” he stepped off the side of the telehandler backwards and feel about 8 feet to the rocky ground below. His pride was injured, but nothing else. He is a beast and we are thankful to have him on our team.
Let the chinking games begin… The guys used about 15 bags of Quikrete Mortar Mix (60lbs each) per side of the house. With margin trowels, large trowels and black rubber gloves, TC and Monty whipped out one side of the house per day, while Ricky managed the mess, chinked around the windows and made Home Depot runs.
Monty and Ricky decided to have the kitchen cabinets build professionally, but the flooring had to be completed prior to installing them. In their spare time, TC, Monty and Ricky finished the first floor with 2×8 Douglas Fir Tongue & Groove from Redwoods Inc.
Thanks to a tip from another LHBA member, we chose to notch the bottom of our GSLs and RPSLs to allow our flooring to slide underneath and made it appear the logs were installed on top of the flooring. It also hides your cuts, so you don’t have to be perfect with the jigsaw.
The carpenter delivered the cabinets in mid-April and the guys got right to work painting them. The color is Olympic Latex Whirlwind and is in the grey family. While one hand was painting the guys used their other hand to build a set of heavy duty stairs. They used the leftover 4×12 Douglas Firm Timbers for the sides and treads of the stairs.
Next up… Concrete Countertops!