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Ever wonder why log furniture costs so much?

I always thought log furniture seemed expensive. So, I set off to build some for the cabin. Now I know why it costs as much as it does. You don’t just go buy some two by material from Home Depot. I had to harvest the logs, get them home and peel them. Here is one pile of bark shavings. I don’t know how many hours I have into this so far and I don’t really want to know. Mind you, I’ve done all of this work just to get these to the drying stage…. I haven’t even built any furniture yet!

More bark shavings…

Here are about half the logs drying…

Here are the rest of the logs peeled. I don’t know how long they will need to dry, but I am guessing about a year. I doubt I will be patient enough to wait that long.


New table

Can you spot the log table in this picture? It needs a little bit of work.

New hobby alert!

I've wanted to make some log furniture for a long time. I finally got the draw knife out and made some shavings. It isn't pretty, but it should work as an end table at the cabin. If I had to do it over again, I would find a better log for the top, use larger logs for the legs and feet and make all of the tenons on my lathe instead of with the hatchet and draw knife. You have to start somewhere!