Revised Log Construction Manual (newest edition)
The Log Construction Manual is fully revised and updated. A new printing -- now in FULL COLOR on every page. Hundreds of new photos and drawings. Major revisions to several chapters.
Now, also available as an * eBook * Details and hotlink, are at bottom of this page.
Since 2002 the Log Construction Manual has been teaching people like you what you need to know so you can build your own handcrafted log home. The Revised Log Construction Manual is a comprehensive guide about how to scribe-fit logs to each other, cut notches, and build roof support systems of large, round, naturally-shaped logs.
Clearly written. Even complex techniques are easy to understand. Hundreds and hundreds of color drawings and color photos to help.
This book is packed with information that is available nowhere else. No other book has: the "Log Selection Rules," Robert's brilliant and simple method for choosing which log to use next--now even simpler; detailed instructions for building handcrafted log roof trusses—including my new (2015) mitered truss improvement; step-by-step directions for laying out sill logs for any design or floor plan; how to cut state-of-the-art compression-fit saddle notches; methods to keep notches and grooves tight over time; allowing for settling and shrinkage of log walls; scribing tips that pro's use; and much more.
Based on Robert's experience building handcrafted log homes for more than 34 years, and his experience teaching log home construction around the world for more than 25 years.
Chapters and Detailed Information about:
- Why Build With Logs
- Energy Efficiency of Log Homes
- How to Find & Buy Good Logs
- Your Log Home Project -- budget, planning, log home designing
- Log Wall Basics
- Deciding Which Log to Use Next ("Robert's Selection Rules")
- Sill Logs (the base course)
- Putting Logs on the Wall
- Doors & Windows
- Plumbing and Settling
- Cutting Notches
- Grooves and Saddles
- Underscribing Notches to Keep Fits Tight Over Time
- Settling & How to Allow For It
- Roof Basics for Log Homes
- Top Plate Logs
- Mitered Log Trusses
- Truss Engineering
- Log Purlins and Ridges
- Log Valley Rafters
- Log Building Tools, and where to buy them
- The ILBA Log Building Standards
- and much more.
Best Selling log home book for 16 years in a row at Amazon. The most critically acclaimed book ever on log home construction.
Includes both Metric and Feet-Inches for all important dimensions.
286 pages. 8.5" x 11" (22cm x 28cm). Hundreds of photos and drawings. Softcover. FULL COLOR ON EVERY PAGE. Bibliography. Index. Tool Sources with websites. Special Layflat binding. English language.
This is the book that teaches you how to build like a pro!
NOW available as an eBook at Apple Books. In 2020 we launched the first-ever e-edition of the best-selling Revised Log Construction Manual. It is in "replica" format—meaning this eBook looks identical to the printed edition.
You will need an iTunes account and the (free) Apple Books app to buy and download.
Saves you money. Have the book in your hands in minutes. The eBook price is $35.99 (a $9 discount from the paper book price), plus NO shipping cost. Some customers will save more than $40 if they buy the eBook version.
You cannot buy a copy of the eBook from this page, you must go to the Apple Book store. Here's the link to view and buy:
The Digital eBook is FOR APPLE ONLY: iPad, MacBook, iMac, Mac desktop, etc. Do not buy this for your iPhone: the screen is too small.
Do not buy for PC or any Windows device or computer—it will not open.