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12X16 log park type shelter

thedoublejranch

Yearling... With promise
OK, working on a log park type shelter for my 40 acres, set up like a national park with campsites etc. Its private, not open to public and we all gather around the large picnic table under the EZ up when the entire extended family goes over in August, but I am now going to start on a park type log shelter. I have harvested some beetle kill already for my uprights/supports, gathering logs for purlins and rest, will use metal on the roof. I have plans from the NPS, I will not use the knewl post, more open on all sides, will eventually add a large stone fireplace at one end with a cooking surface. I will start to build brackets over the winter to anchor log uprights to concrete this winter, get it all prepped for spring time.
 

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rocksnstumps

5 year old buck +
If you have the material, I'm sure that one will turn out pretty nice. Here's one I took a pic of while crossing the road on a hiking/hunting trail. Thought it was fairly functional without getting too complicated. Might do something similar on my land or maybe I'll just live with the ole picnic table under the big beech and call it good...

Don't forget to post some pics next year.

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thedoublejranch

Yearling... With promise
rocksnstumps, the national park service has many simple shelters of that exact design. Just looking at the design of the legs on the picnic table is interesting, a design I have never seen before, very nice. Thanks for sharing. I will keep everyone posted by adding to this.
 
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thedoublejranch

Yearling... With promise
OK, last spring, I started on my log park shelter. I had some beetle kill I had towed to my cabin area and this spring (2020) I peeled the logs using a Ames 4.5" floor scraper from Home Depot. The bugs worked in it for a year, made life to much easier. So all these peeled logs, I needed to make a bracket to attach logs to concrete sonotube. Dont expect to find those at your home building center. Made my own out of large plate steel. Spring I level out pad, then dig in holes and cement in footers (12" sonotube) and lots of rebar and my home brewed brackets.

Then in August, I was able to get the entire frame in and up.
I made temporary 1 foot columns, this allowed me to fit and trim the roof together while standing on the ground. Then once the frame was all done, unscrewed it (using all 10" Timberlocks) took it down, then added the full length columns. These are 12 to 14" thick. So it was all in place, but this is where its was left.

We are employing themes from the USFS and National Parks and wanted to keep it looking authentic. But we will use a regular dimensional lumber for the rafters, sheet it with plywood, 30# felt then the lighter green metal roof. I will put in 2 ceiling fans and a few outlets. I am off the grid, but can run a generator to power this all up. I may put some rails up about the counter height and a long picnic table int he middle.

I did adjust the dimensions, its ended up 10X16 vs the original plan of 12X16 only because of the slop of the land, I would of needed much longer sonotubes and I travel 300+ miles to get there and didnt bring longer sonotubes. I pre build lots of stuff and haul it in an enclosed trailer. Anyway, a few pictures and this is how it stands today. Roof goes on in spring on 21.

And keeping wi th the park theme, I gave it the name "Teddy Roosevelt Memorial Kitchen/Shelter
 

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hillrunner

5 year old buck +
OK, last spring, I started on my log park shelter. I had some beetle kill I had towed to my cabin area and this spring (2020) I peeled the logs using a Ames 4.5" floor scraper from Home Depot. The bugs worked in it for a year, made life to much easier. So all these peeled logs, I needed to make a bracket to attach logs to concrete sonotube. Dont expect to find those at your home building center. Made my own out of large plate steel. Spring I level out pad, then dig in holes and cement in footers (12" sonotube) and lots of rebar and my home brewed brackets.

Then in August, I was able to get the entire frame in and up.
I made temporary 1 foot columns, this allowed me to fit and trim the roof together while standing on the ground. Then once the frame was all done, unscrewed it (using all 10" Timberlocks) took it down, then added the full length columns. These are 12 to 14" thick. So it was all in place, but this is where its was left.

We are employing themes from the USFS and National Parks and wanted to keep it looking authentic. But we will use a regular dimensional lumber for the rafters, sheet it with plywood, 30# felt then the lighter green metal roof. I will put in 2 ceiling fans and a few outlets. I am off the grid, but can run a generator to power this all up. I may put some rails up about the counter height and a long picnic table int he middle.

I did adjust the dimensions, its ended up 10X16 vs the original plan of 12X16 only because of the slop of the land, I would of needed much longer sonotubes and I travel 300+ miles to get there and didnt bring longer sonotubes. I pre build lots of stuff and haul it in an enclosed trailer. Anyway, a few pictures and this is how it stands today. Roof goes on in spring on 21.

And keeping wi th the park theme, I gave it the name "Teddy Roosevelt Memorial Kitchen/Shelter
Neat project, do you need to put any type of sealer or preservative on the logs or is getting them up off the ground enough to prevent rot?
 

Catscratch

5 year old buck +
Cool as hell!!!!
I want one in my yard just like it.
 

Tree Spud

5 year old buck +
Nice! How are you attaching the logs to each other?
 
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