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Hoosierboy
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# Posted: 1 Jan 2017 10:19
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I found a guy, who was selling a pile of antique lumber. I noticed that underneath the lumber pile, was a bunch of logs as well. That was what I was really after, but didn't know the condition of them until I drove over two hours to get them.

I didn't know how I was going to haul it all, and I didn't know the actual length of the material. I rolled the dice and got Uhaul's biggest moving truck.

I hired one extra guy to help pull and load all the logs and boards. It was one hell of a job loading all this by hand! The amount of dirt and dust was unreal.

There was a couple logs, that couldn't be saved as they were contacting the dirt floor of the barn area. I still have to inventory everything, but the plan is to build a 12' x 18' cabin on a skid foundation.

I am hoping to start the build just after winter, if I can get other projects done first. That is my son on the left, me in the middle, and Bob on the right.
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Hoosierboy
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# Posted: 1 Jan 2017 10:25
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Over the years I have driven many fully loaded 26' foot moving trucks. This load proved to be the heaviest for sure. My son had to go back to college, so I had to unload it by myself and the wife.

I stacked everything on pressure treated 4 x 4's, and drove in fence posts to hold the pile. I rigged up a pulley system so I could use my lawn mower to pull the logs out the back.
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Salty Craig
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# Posted: 1 Jan 2017 11:19
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Hoosierboy

You got yer work cut out buddy. I can see already that you're not scared of it. I'm a Hoosier boy myself. Born in Elkhart. I don't tell that to many people.

Salty

Hoosierboy
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# Posted: 1 Jan 2017 11:41
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I am originally from Shirley Indiana.

The way I see it, I have logs already harvested, debarked, seasoned. So I am already ahead of the game.

After I get the foundation built, I will clean and inventory all the logs to see exactly what I have. I should have done that when I unloaded, but time on the truck was expiring

An added plus, the antique dimensional lumber is worth more than I paid for the entire load.

bldginsp
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# Posted: 1 Jan 2017 23:00
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Now dat be a BIG pile o' wood!

The tobacco barn logs appear to have been used as poles, not horizontal logs in log cabin walls. I don't know much about tobacco barns but the few I've seen pics of were very open and simple pole barn type things- a roof to shed water and open walls to facilitate drying. Point is- wondering how you will use these rather irregular poles in a cabin? I'm sure you've got ideas- keep us posted.

Do they still smell of tabacky?

Hoosierboy
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# Posted: 1 Jan 2017 23:22
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If you look close at the picture you will see saddle notches near the ends of the logs, and some rafter logs.

They were not poles, as nearly all of the logs have saddle notches on nearly all the ends. Many old tobacco barns here in the south, were constructed with unchinked logs just like these.

These logs are in such good shape, I think they ended up building a larger building over the top of it. This pic below is very similar to what it may have looked like
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Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 2 Jan 2017 00:01
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Cool story. I will be interested to see what you make of them!

bldginsp
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# Posted: 2 Jan 2017 15:44
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I stand corrected. I hope you can effectively use them to construct a building that is not quite so airy as a tobacco barn.

Hoosierboy
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# Posted: 2 Jan 2017 16:08
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I will do my own saddle notching on the logs, but will not do a full scribe on them. I will use daubing/chincking between the logs. Not a big deal, just have to take my time with it.

Hoosierboy
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 10:23
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So I ordered rough sawn, true 1" x 12" x 16' boards from a local saw mill. I will be using them for the floor boards. I found another lumber salvage yard that had the floor joists 2" x 10" x 12'. I will set them with hangers, and 12" on center. I will use 6" x 6" pressure treated for the skids.





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