With the outside of the building sealed for the winter,
electrical work began inside. The area between the logs
was the perfect place to run wiring and place electrical
boxes. To hide the vertical wire runs, I drilled holes
through the logs and the wires were hidden in there.
After the electrical work was done, it was time to
insulate. I decided that spray-foam insulation
would be the perfect material to use between the
logs. In addition to being an excellent insulator,
it provided a vapor barrier that sealed any pinholes
in the chinking. Despite a careful application
of foam by a professional, I still had to clean
the logs with a wire brush to remove the overspray.
In the process, I destroyed two drills - mine
and of course, my dad's. Cleaning a building with
a rotary wire brush was onerous, but I still preferred
it to chinking.
The author decided that spray-foam insulation
was the best material to use between the logs.
window and door trim on the interior of the building
is purely decorative, but on the outside it is required
to protect the openings against the elements. To
create a weatherproof fit, logs that protruded above
the surface of the window frame were rebated, which
allowed the window trim to lie flat on the wall.
For accuracy, I created jigs for my skill saw and
router that registered off the window face to remove
any high spots on the logs. I milled the window
trim from white cedar, and used an old molding plane
to quickly produce a simple, decorative bead typical
of the era. To attain the appropriately aged look,
we applied a coat of white paint tinted with the
same ochre pigment used in the chinking, then later
topped it with garnet shellac.
Employing various techniques helped the author
achieve a perfectly aged look on the new, outside