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Old 07-07-2017, 09:15 AM   #1
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Lean to project

My long dreamed of lean to is taking shape. Cut the logs in February and dragged them down to my yard. All peeled before spring thaw and started assembly last month. Logs will be cleaned and sealed then the entire structure disassembled for transport to my daughter and son in laws land in Deerfield. Not in the ADKs, although you can see the foothills from there. My hope is that friends and family can enjoy this for many years.
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:34 AM   #2
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Beautiful work!
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:57 AM   #3
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Nice, can we see some more pictures?
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:48 PM   #4
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Here's a couple more pictures. Next batch will be when the structure gets reassembled in it's final location.
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:53 PM   #5
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Now if want to put it on wheels and take it to places like Lake Tear, that would be ok with me!

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Old 07-07-2017, 04:35 PM   #6
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Awesome!

How did you peel the bark, some kind of tool? Or just a lot of work?
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:09 PM   #7
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Nice!!!
i built my woodshed in the leanto fashion from leftover pine logs from my cabin.
The time to peel pine logs is in the early summer while the sap is flowing.
I made a tool for peeling out of an old garden hoe.
It is a lot of work, but at the right time of year, the bark peels off easily.
Then, the hard part.
The sticky logs get dirty.
The only way to remove that dirt is to hand scrape them.
Been there, done that.
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:26 PM   #8
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i used a draw shave which is the traditional tool for peeling logs. I cut the logs in the winter when the sap content in the trees was lowest and peeled them before the bugs came out.
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Old 07-07-2017, 07:36 PM   #9
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Are you using the old plans that are floating around, or are you winging it?
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Old 07-07-2017, 08:27 PM   #10
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Pretty much stuck to the old plans.
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Old 07-07-2017, 08:29 PM   #11
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By the way, I have no previous experience building anything like this.
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Old 07-08-2017, 08:20 AM   #12
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Very cool Bridgman. I'm going to mark this post for future reference as I have a similar dream. Sometime in the next few years I'm going to log my property and after I want to build two mini-lean-tos. One will be in my yard near the outdoor fireplace and the other will be on a knoll overlooking a beaver pond. I'm thinking half or three-quarter scale at this point. Plans for ADK Lean-tos are available and you can get them in poster format at the ADK Museum, now known as the ADK Experience.
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:06 AM   #13
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good luck with your project. Lots of good info on the internet for scribing logs, etc.
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:58 AM   #14
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How many trees or how many linear feet of logs did this take. Also, are these pine logs or something else.

For as much as I would love to build a traditional log lean to, I just don't think I have enough trees with straight enough trunks. I have resigned myself to the fact that when I do build one, it's going to have to be framed and sided.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:31 PM   #15
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FWIW: I have cut numerous softwood trees to utiize in building an "Adirondack" style dock with a crib. If you peel the logs right after they are cut down, they peel very easily. We just use an axe blade and work the bark off around the circumference by pushing the sharp edge of the axe between the peeling bark and the trunk--no chopping motion needed. Its very easy. We will also use on of the limbs (@ 1 1/2 or 2" in diameter) cut at an angle to insert between the bark and the trunk as well. Nice looking lean to Bridgeman.
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:28 PM   #16
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A bark spud makes it easy (ish).
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i used a draw shave which is the traditional tool for peeling logs. I cut the logs in the winter when the sap content in the trees was lowest and peeled them before the bugs came out.
The traditional tool for peeling fresh logs was called a "spud".
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A bark spud makes it easy (ish).
Never easy. I used an old hoe that i straightened.
For finish work, a draw shave for interior stuff like the ridge pole and the purloins.
The perimeter logs were hand scraped with a Red Devil paint scraper, too heavy to place on sawhorses to use a draw shave.
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:07 PM   #19
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I used Red Pine because that was what I had to work with. I will have to do a stump count to see how many trees I cut down. Some of the trees, I was able to get three usable logs, but mostly two per tree.
The plans have a material list to help calculate what you need.
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Never easy. I used an old hoe that i straightened.
For finish work, a draw shave for interior stuff like the ridge pole and the purloins.
The perimeter logs were hand scraped with a Red Devil paint scraper, too heavy to place on sawhorses to use a draw shave.
Ha! I just meant compared to other tools. Although I don't have any experience with pine -- that could be a sticky mess, comparatively speaking. I make windsor chairs so I'm always working with red oak.
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