Log Home Pictures from 2016, Part 3 of 4

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8/30/16 Work has started on the installation of the railing system on the front staircase. Here you can see (if you work at it) The skid trail made by skidding the upper newel post log up the upper roadway from just beyond the hairpin turn. You can see the remnant of the log left down there in front of the truck. The porch crane was used as a skidder and it also hoisted the log up onto the porch deck and set it on the sawhorses.


8/30/16 Here you can see the lumpy newel post log on the sawhorses ready to have the rotten debris from under the bark scraped off. In spite of a thriving insect infestation under the bark, the wood was still sound. It will look nice. The bottom of it will be mortised and securely fastened to the deck to serve as an anchor both for the inner staircase rail and the porch deck guard rail.


9/21/16 The big lumpy log turned out to be too big in diameter and it didn't look as nice as I thought it would. I rejected it and chose a smoother 7-inch log that you see standing next to the temporary 4x4 post.


9/21/16 This is a shot of the temporary 4x4 post and its fasteners. It was dismantled shortly after this picture was taken.


9/21/16 Here you see the 5-inch square on the deck marking the site of the mortise hole for the new permanent newel post.


9/29/16 The tenon has been cut in the end of the newel post and the mortise hole has been cut through the deck, alongside the joist log, and down into the big porch beam.


9/29/16 A close-up of the engaged mortise and tenon joint.


9/29/16 The newel post is in place. It still needs to be stained and fastened at the bottom with a big lag screw into the joist and some shims driven in against the beam.


10/5/16 The stained newel post is in place.


10/5/16 Here you see the joinery and the head of the 10-inch lag screw holding it fast.


11/2/16 Dr. Dick's rebar cutter/bender has been lag screwed in position on the porch deck. Above it you can see the big curved vine maple future handrail for the staircase and below it, a supply of rebar for making the first batch of balusters. The balusters for all the stair rails, the porch deck rails, and the loft rails will be made from #3 rebar. They will all be produced here.


11/29/16 Here you see the start of the "knuckle notch" cut into the big Grid F.5 porch beam which will allow for the stair rail to be as far over as possible and still allow your knuckles to pass while you hold onto the rail.


11/30/16 Here the "knuckle notch" is nearly finished and a stair rail mock-up section has been installed just to test the concept.



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