Just like The Little Engine that Could (a children’s book about determination and perseverance), this is the story of The Little Cordwood Cabin that Could (be built). Explanation from this very talented anonymous builder: “The shed was a two-part project as the rock base and walls took one full spring/summer.
- Rebar reinforced walls.
- 3:1 portland mix with mason’s sand.
- Vapor barrier is under the shed floor.
- Ran out of stone so I used brick for the front face.
- The cedar post and beams were done by an Alaskan chainsaw. They are 8×8’s
- The shed was built to code – and then some.
- Insulated roof, eight windows, cedar walls, and ceiling milled on the island.
- The floor was done with 700 pounds of flagstone from Utah.2:1 mix/mason’s sand
- The front door was reclaimed (from the ’60s) that a neighbor had salvaged.
- 3 masons sand
- 2 softwood sawdust soaked and drained
- 1.5 Type S Hydrated Lime
- 1 Portland
Check out the beautiful mending plates for the 8 x 8′ timbers below.
- The author/builder has asked to remain anonymous.
Interested in learning more? Visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org and click on each of the 9 pictures to learn more about his old-fashioned method of building.
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