How do i cut grooves in logs aready up for lathe?

by Roger
(Lebanon MO)

I bought a older cabin. How do I cut grooves for lathe? Thanks.

Answer from Banjoe:
Hello, Roger. Thanks for this great question!

My suggestion would be to find a small chainsaw and very carefully run it under each log. Of course you can't go all the way to the ends, so you would just tack the lathe in place at the ends.

I have a pretty steady hand with a chainsaw. If you don't or if you don't have access to one, you could just tack the lathe all the way.

What you will do is cut your strips of lathe and fit them in place so that they are a little farther back at the top than at the bottom. This way you get a slight angle for water to run off.

Then just put nails in at an angle every few inches or so to hold the lathe in place. Normally I just do this at the bottom because the groove holds the top in place, but you can do it at the top also.

Let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with!

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