A traditional log structure was held together by gravity. Logs were carefully cut to length, and notched at the joining points to ensure a very tight fit, great stability, and weather-tightness. The notches were also beautiful and functional as the dovetails of a master cabinet-maker.
Here, Allan Mackie shows a complete selection of notches for corner joinery, roof beams and trusses and lateral grooves (for seating a stacked log firmly along the length of another wall log; and timber framing techniques).
Clear instructions and profuse illustrations and drawings make this a completely detailed manual for the log builder.
About the Author
B. Allan Mackie continues to teach, design, and build. His schools have trained thousands of good craftspeople; some of whom formed building companies internationally, with the result that the worldwide standard for excellence in log building is now a "Mackie" log house. His other books include Log House Plans and Building with Logs.
Table of Contents
Introduction Structure of Wood Tools for Notching Section One: Notches for Wall Logs
- Notches for Round Logs
- Blind Notch Round Notch Lateral Groove Saddle Notch Square Notch Mitered Lapped Notch Sheep's Head Notch Round Sheep's Head Notch Log End Treatment
- Dovetail Notch Locked Dovetail Notch Locked Lapped, or Boxed, Notch Locked Lapped Notch Oxhead Notch Sealed Lapped Notch
- Mortise and Tenon Dovetail Tenon Rafters
- Splices Wall Intersection Post Notch Openings for Windows and Doors Tie Beam Notch
Appendix Span Tables Glossary of Terms