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Old 01-05-2012, 05:26 AM   #61
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Actually if I had any complaints it would be the safety button is slightly awkward (and I don't like safeties anyway)

and I wish I could thumb the blade guard up.
I drilled a hole in the guard so I could put a nail in to keep it up. I havnt taken it apart to remove the safety button yet
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:12 AM   #62
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If you wind up doing that job, pics are required. Log work is rarely seen on this site.
Will do. I hope to break ground down there late spring or early summer. I have to get a few ducks in a row up here this winter first.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:54 PM   #63
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What are you using for the caulk?
Log Builder sealant.



Setting one of those corner pieces:







Due to varying face profiles, not all pieces are fastened snug to the sheathing. They're tacked in the best relationship with a couple of 3" screws, and then fastened to each other and the wall studs with 10" nails.

I think I'm going to have one of these guys be my stand-in for the nailng competition.



Here's a couple of buttjoints; if you look closely you can see that the faces have been planed to match.



Some caulking pics:







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Old 01-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #64
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Wow! nice pictures. What method do you use for fastening? You're right, they are good size. They look like half log.
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Nevermind the fastener question. I posted before I read the captions.
As thick as those boards are, did you consider using olylogs instead of the nails?
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As thick as those boards are, did you consider using olylogs instead of the nails?
They're actually thicker than half-log--more like 5/8.

The entire house is a kit package from Tomahawk Log Homes. They provide all of the materials; the contractor uses whatever they send unless he wants to go out-of-pocket for something else.

We're not overjoyed with the company. Many of their material choices appear to center on making the kit price attractive at the cost of extra labor for the contractor. And there have been issues with incorrectly built trusses, shipping foulups and so forth. They even shipped ornamental interior beams on an open flatbed without so much as a tarp to protect them from weather and road grime.

I will say it's been a huge learning experience on many fronts.
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I fought myself over that dilemma, precut from a log home company or lineal logs. I think I won the argument after tons and tons of pro and con articles and decided on lineal. Aside from the mark up on the precuts, I don't like the idea of being completely locked in on all my exterior walls with no chance of shifting a door or window here and there and ending up with an expensive pile of firewood.
It will be more labor intensive but I want to know the nitty gritty of log building anyway.
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That's actually not an issue with this kit. All of the logs (except special ornamentals) are 8' long, and within the limits of the structural engineering in the plans, we can put the openings anywhere we want.

I have no idea regarding the relative pricing of true log homes vs this kind, but I do believe this style is a winner. You wind up with the same look as full logs, but better insulation and a world less hassle with running pipes and wires.

Not to mention, real logs are friggin' heavy.
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Me and saw
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ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.

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I got one of the big Makita 16" saws from a customer who had it laying around, he had inherited it and had no idea what it was. He said "if you can use it then take it. It just sits here doing nothing but take up space." I threw in some extra work for it since I couldn't just take it for free.

I am just reiterating what others have said but, I like having it for cutting 6x6's in one pass. The thing is a nightmare to keep the base plate square to the blade though. You really can't push that thing either, let it take it's time and it will cut. I will have to try using a straight edge guide for the base plate though, that might make life a little easier with the beast.

By the way, what kind of blades are you guys using in your saws? Mine is ready for a new one and prices and brands seem to be all over the place.

Thanks.
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By the way, what kind of blades are you guys using in your saws? Mine is ready for a new one and prices and brands seem to be all over the place.

Thanks.
Clay.
Mine is still fresh enough that I have the stock blade in.

I have this one waiting for his turn:

(I think it was round $63 on amazon)

If I end up using it a lot more I will probably use these ($93 on amazon):

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Me and saw
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You look like a little guy next to that saw.
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Is there an electric brake on that?
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Is there an electric brake on that?
yup

Makita model 5402NA
  1. Large Cutting Capacity for Beams and Timber
  2. Powerful 15.0 AMP motor delivers 2,200 RPM for enough power to cut through pressure treated lumber
  3. Large capacity blade cuts 6-1/4" at 90 and 4-3/16" at 45
  4. Electric brake for maximum productivity
  5. Low noise level at only 87dB for quiet operation
  6. Blade stabilizer for stable blade rotation and superior cutting performance
  7. Large depth control lever for convenience and secure adjustments
  8. Weighs only 32.1 lbs. for ease of operation
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looks like winchester should have a guitar in his hand singing some zac brown songs..
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looks like winchester should have a guitar in his hand singing some zac brown songs..
It's winter time, doesn't everyone have the "look"?
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If I end up using it a lot more I will probably use these ($93 on amazon):
Love the Diablos, but they do have a tendency to wander a bit. You're not concerned that would be even more pronounced with a blade that size?
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Love the Diablos, but they do have a tendency to wander a bit. You're not concerned that would be even more pronounced with a blade that size?
Nah, more momentum or something like that... There is also a blade stabilizer thing that must do something ;-)
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Me and saw
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You look like a 4 year old using a regular circ saw...
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You look like a 4 year old using a regular circ saw...
...cutting a 2x4

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