Recently I had a crazy plan. And I need some advice about how to go about doing it.
I wanted to build a small garden shed, more kinda like a cabin actually. So I started drawing it out, and listing the timber I would need. But then I started thinking... What if I would build it by just buying a bunch of logs, and do it the old fashioned way?
Note that I live in Belgium, all wood needs to be bought from a nearby mill.
Several reason why I want to attempt this, but that doesn't really matter.
First thing first, the design! Info about the design: it is 6 meters in length en 3 meters across. Top beam also at 3meters height.
The first thing I want to try is hewing the beams myself.
Few questions: - I read somewhere it is best to use fairly fresh cut threes for this, to make the hewing easier. But how long do I need to dry them afterwards before using? If I just seal and use them directly will I risk the whole thing cracking and becoming askew? - which woods would be suitable for this? I need to buy the logs, and thought about asking some pine, because it will be cheaper then buying maple logs. But are all pine threes suitable for this? Or do I need to specifically ask for lariks or Douglas? Or is poplar, or something else worth the extra price?
I think that I will first try my hand at the hewing, and then see if I (we) am up to milling the rest by hand also.
Note that I want to only use hand tools, and no power tools. Hewing will be done by axe. Other milling would be done by saw and axe also. This might seem crazy (it probably is), but there are several reasons to work this way.
Any more advance on making this project work would be welcome! I have some woodworking experience, and a number of tools (mostly hand tools).
Thanks for all advice!