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How Did Settlers Build Log Cabin Furniture?

Before settling the wood and constructing log cabin furniture, you should learn how they built their homes. They built log cabins lengthwise. They built walls up to six feet high, adding lofts to the roofs. Log cabins were generally twelve to sixteen feet long. To seal the logs and protect the interior from the weather, they were coated in mud or clay. If you’re looking for more information, read our article on how to build log cabin furniture.


This type of furniture is still commonly used today, particularly in rural settings. It is made from split logs and holes cut in the bottom to form legs. Tree trunk slabs can also be used as work surfaces. They are usually trimmed of bark to keep insects and other pests out. The tool used to create this type of furniture looks like a die. The resulting furniture was usually sturdy and rustic.

Early pioneers built their cabins without nails, saws, or iron. Instead, they made their own furniture, utilizing wood for nails and pegs hewn into logs. Other materials, such as hinges, were wood or leather. Iron hardware became available by the time Iowa was settled, but most of this was strap iron. Some early settlers burned their cabins in order to salvage the hardware. Furniture pieces were handmade and often varied in appearance and material. Even primitive pieces were highly functional, such as clothes hangers and horse harness holders.


There are two types of notches in log cabin furniture. The first type is known as the corner post and is the most difficult to create. Only experienced woodworkers should attempt this type of notch. This type of notching requires significant experience and expertise in carpentry. You can watch a video that demonstrates this type of notch and its advantages. Here’s how to make a corner post. The video will also show you how to make a corner post in a log cabin.

First, you must decide the diameter of the logs. Make sure to measure the logs from both ends so you can make the right notch. Then, measure the logs’ width at the widest part. Measure the logs evenly from either end. Add four inches to the dimensions. Use this width as a reference for your notches. You will not have to cut the logs perfectly round, but make sure to leave room for chinking, which fills in gaps.


Log cabins were traditionally built using rebar and chinks, or saddles. In addition to saddles, other fittings include butt and pass notches. In high-rainfall areas, the saddle notch should be scribed downwards. For corners, saddle notches are used in conjunction with hewing. This step ensures that the log fits together tightly. This step is essential to prevent the rotting of logs.

In building a log cabin, the simplest method is to use shorter pieces of wood. This reduces the size of the equipment required to construct the cabin. Saddle notches are usually used with the Scandinavian style. The scribe fit style uses longer logs, whereas the round log chinked method uses full round logs stacked horizontally and notched at the corners using saddle notches. The scribe fit method, on the other hand, requires tightly stacked logs with a narrow gap between them.

Stone fireplace

Until the early 1800s, the mainstay of the log cabin was the stone fireplace. This fireplace was the heart of the cabin, with its beams and stone walls providing warmth. Today, stone fireplaces are often updated with paint and primer. To change the color of your stone fireplace, paint it white! Paintable acrylic latex caulk is available in many colors and can be used to fill cracks. You must allow the caulk to cure before you apply the paint.

To build a stone fireplace in your log cabin, you must first determine the type of stone you want to use. Stone veneer is typically less expensive than real stone because it does not require a full masonry foundation. Also, stone veneer is an inexpensive option, as it can be installed after the log cabin is built. However, it is important to note that manufactured stone can sometimes be cheaper than natural stone. Natural stone is abundant in Western North Carolina, and many local quarries provide stone for other parts of the country. It is also cheaper to buy stone veneers in many places.

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