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William Hamilton Gibson
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 313 pages of information about Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making.

[Page 244] It may be constructed of any size, but one of about twelve by ten feet will be found large enough for ordinary purposes.  Select straight logs, about eight inches in diameter.  The whole number required will be thirty-six.  Of these one-half should be twelve feet in length and the other ten.  These should now be built up in the square form, on a level piece of ground, laying the ends of the logs over each other, and securing them by notches at the corners, so deep as to allow the edges of the logs to meet.  Lay two short logs first, and continue building until all the thirty-six logs are used, and we will now have four symmetrical sides about six feet in height.  The place for the door should now be selected.  The uppermost log should form its upper outline, and the two sides should be cleanly and straightly cut with a crosscut saw.  The window openings, one or more, may next be cut, commencing beneath the second log from the top, and taking in three beneath it.  Replace the logs above, and on the ends of those thus cut, both in windows and doors, proceed to spike a heavy plank, driving two nails into each log, about five inches apart, one above the other.  This will hold them firmly in place, and offer a close-fitting jam for the door, and neat receptacle for the window sashes, which latter may now be put in after the ordinary manner.

The gable ends should next be built upon the smaller sides of the hut.  Commence by laying a long log (notched as before) across the top of the frame work, and about two feet inside the edge.  This should of course be done on both sides of the hut, after which they should be overlapped at the corners with logs eight feet in length.  Next lay two more long logs, parallel with the first two, and about a foot inside them, notching as before.  The ends of these should be spanned with beams eight feet in length.  Two more long logs are next in order—­let them be one foot inside the last two.  Overlap these with beams five feet and a half in length, and in the exact centre of these last pieces chop notches for a heavy log for a ridge pole.  The gable outline, direct from the ridge pole to the eaves, should now be cut off by the aid of a sharp axe.  This may be done either while the pieces are in position, or the line may be marked with a piece of chalk, and the logs taken down in order to accomplish it.  The roof is now required.  This should consist either of strips of bark or the rounded sides of logs split off and hollowed into troughs.  The latter method is preferable, on account of its greater strength and durability, but the bark will answer the purpose very well, and is much more easily obtained.  The manner of adjusting the roof pieces is clearly [Page 245] shown in our illustration.  The first row is laid on with the hollow side up, securing them at top and bottom by nails driven through each into the ridge pole and eaves-log, care being taken that one of these pieces projects well over the gable,

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