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Old 07/14/06, 01:35 PM
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fake log cabin walls? How to??

ok.. this is what I wanna do.

I have a wonderful (but way to small) old farm house.
Hubby and I are gonna enlarge the living room.
On the walls I want to make them look like a log cabin.

My idea is this....

Take some rough cut wide boards (and antique them) attach them to the existing interior walls horizontally.

leaving a gap of an inch or so between them, then fill the gap in w/ some sort of light color "grout".

Does that make sense?

Anyway.. what I wanna know.. is what should I use for grout? I don't know if tile grout would work w/ the wood.

whatcha think?

Thanks in advance!

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So I guess you are looking for the hewn log look. Something like this?



Rough sawn boards (I'd use 2" thick by 10-12" wide) with 1.5" gap would get close. I'd attach to wall with toenail in the gaps so you didn't see any nails on the board faces. Make sure they are real dry cause they will shrink. Regular mortar in gaps should be fine and inexpensive. Some nails in the gaps (deep enough so you won't see them later) will help to hold the mortar in place.

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Old 07/14/06, 01:50 PM
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oooh yes thats what I have in mind!!!

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Old 07/14/06, 02:00 PM
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ok... how do you tell if its done drying so it wont shrink anymore?

as you can tell, I know NoTHING about wood etc...

I have an old oak tree thats down, would it be cheaper to take it to a saw mill and have it cut into boards? (would like to do this for a table top too) or would it be cheaper to buy boards?

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I would make sure that the edges of the boards are not perfectly straight and square.....a slightly rounded over edge would look better IMO (you could just run a block plane over the edge to knock it down a bit). Also, if you are going to be doing two adjoining walls make sure that the 'logs' don't line up from one wall to the other. When real logs are stacked the chink line is offset on adjoining walls. (kinda confusing so I've posted a pic)



if you look in the corner where the two walls join, the logs don't meet up, one course of logs is dropped down from the next.

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Old 07/14/06, 02:04 PM
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Beautiful!!

doesn't sound too hard to do either. or am I kidding myself? lol either way I LOVE that look!
Oooh now I want to put fake beans in the ceiling too.. oh dear.. lol

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Old 07/14/06, 08:33 PM
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You could go to a lumberyard and buy the rounds. When they slice logs into squares, they trim off the bark and roundness, it becomes a by-product. But they would sale it.

If you looked at the end it would be like a shallow 'D'.

Those would work too.

You might get a truck load for free.

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Old 07/14/06, 09:19 PM
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thats a good idea!!

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TXCloverAngel-
I live in grape vineyard country. When they go around and repair the cedar posts, they always leave a pile. Generally around here they just burn them. We collected a bunch, sawed them in half and put them on the walls. We haven't chinked them yet but I think grout is a good idea. The cedar posts are really hard on saw blades but very durable overall. (And free!!!)

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