Hi, Thanks for the great information you all provide on this site.
I am farmer in Massachusetts considering buying a band saw primarily to build structures in the fashion of log homes. I like the rustic look of log homes and the idea that you can build a structural wall that is also insulated appeals to me. It seems like it should be less labor intensive than stud framing.
My plan is to cut the trees, primarily pine, in the spring, mill them into 8"x8" cants and in late summer/fall lay one on top of the other horizontally to make my walls. I will need some bracing and the first cant will lay on a pressure treated sill so as not to rot and the roof over hang would be such that rain does not hit the cants.
I know it is not as simple as this but am I crazy to think this would work and why don't more folks build this way? I can think of a few problems and I hope you will tell me they are not such big problems as to make the idea a bad one.
Will I be able to mill cants straight enough so that they lie perfectly on each other with no gap between cants? I want to eliminate air infiltration so as to keep structure well insulated.
If I cut, mill and set to dry in the spring, will the wood be too wet to build with in the fall? If I build with wet wood and cants are still drying in place will they likely warp and create big gaps between each cant?
Is there a potential for moisture in cants to cause rot or mold where one sits on the other?
Thanks so much for your responses