Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?
Thanks for the explanation. I own a log style house (It was built for a previous owner) that came with all the assembly directions paperwork as provided by the manufacturer. Most customers likely hire an on-site contractor to do the assembly, but the instructions are written such that a homeowner could do themselves (if they had the chutzpah and equipment to lift those beams.) So I have studied that paperwork out of general curiosity.
Originally Posted by sqkcrk
The splines typically extend only into only a small portion of the top and bottom of each log. Enough to provide a good mechanical connection once the log beams are stacked. It would not take a table saw capable of cutting a 12" tall beam to cut the slots for those splines. But of course preparing your own beams from raw logs for your log house is quite an impressive undertaking, and you friend may have had rare equipment available. Whatever saw used would need to be heavy duty enough to not be crushed by the weight of the beams involved. Some of the beams in my house are 6"x12" by about 30 ft long.
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