My Log Cabin and Other Summer Projects

My Log Cabin and Other Summer Projects

Hello friends this video is about my most
interesting summer projects at my secret log cabin camp I worked on a lot of
different projects at once but the most prominent was my log cabin I’ve been
building it for a few years in this remote location near Ladoga Lake and this
season I finally got to the cabin’s roof construction initially I wanted to make
a traditional Finnish birch-bark roof but due to time
constraints I had to toss the idea in favor of a sod roof not only does the
sod roof look great but it also provides heat insulation and it protects the
wooden roof structure from UV light I installed a polymer roofing underlayment
under the sod to make sure the roof is leak free as well as to protect the roof
members from moisture to make the roofing job go faster I made a simple
ladderr from long sticks here’s a life hack you can easily debark green sticks
using a regular spoon I use my wire clamper to secure the rungs on the
ladder this joinery method is better than screws nails or even bolts this is
my prototype being tested if you want to learn more about my wire clamper you
can find the link below it is a lot easier to climb the log cabin’s roof
using the makeshift ladder especially when you have a heavy roll of wet sod on
your shoulder during the last summer I managed to cover the roof with only one
layer of sod this year I added a second layer to it I tried different approaches
of sod installation I found each approach has its pros and cons at least
now I know the roof will be able to withstand large snow caps in the winter
and in the summer it turns beautiful with lush grass ferns and wild
strawberries I spent a lot of time and effort to make
an original log cabin door I wanted to make it from oak slabs but couldn’t find
any fallen oak trees so I made it from a pine tree I used three different
methods to cut boards from a log two of which I could recommend after two years
of experimentation I found the best way to cut thick wide boards from a fallen
tree you can find a link to the board cutting video below note the slabs were
not cracked or twisted after drying I think now I know how to dry wood in the
outdoor setting the steps to install the door were time-consuming but interesting
tasks I had to cut a log into thick slabs and transport them to the log
cabin then I had to joint the boards and plane the grooves on the sides
followed by reinforcing the door using horizontal dovetailed inserts I secured
the inserts with wooden dowels and hand planed the door to make it look nice
only then did I finally install the door perhaps the most challenging task
was to leave the upper door casing along with the whole roof to install the door
with the built-in pin hinges the halved logs used to deck the roof plus the weight
of the log rafters and sod made my roof super heavy I’ll be honest I wasn’t
sure if I could do it by myself but the boldness of an inexperienced log cabin
builder helped another time-consuming but important task was to make tools and
jigs for the ongoing projects for example I made an improvised workbench from a
fallen pine tree the workbenche’s legs are the trees branches and roots then I
made a canopy roof above the work bench so as far as I’m concerned it is a
woodworking shop you could have seen this tarp in my other video the
tarp that was torn by a Yeti at least this is what most people suggested under it these improvised saw horses were also made quickly to save time I used Y-shaped sticks for its legs when you’re in a rush the functionality of a jig
becomes the priority you might have seen my makeshift vise used for chainsaw
sharpening before I recently combined it with this pneumatic wedge and got myself
a nice adjustable bushcraft vise that I ended up using for different tasks this
summer because of its fine adjustment feature there is no risk to over
tightening something in with this device you might have noticed an unusual round
window in my log cabin I like this non-traditional look if someone tries to
break this window they will be up for a surprise I installed a 1/2 inch (12 mm) Plexiglas into the cabin’s wall I might even make a double window
with a window hatch later some will probably think I’m building a fortress
here’s a question how do you guys think I made this perfectly round porthole?
this is a problem nobody quite solved since I have posted it on my Instagram
talk to me in the comment section I’d love to hear how you would do it as you
can see there is still a lot of work that needs to be done inside I still
need to make bushcraft style furniture to match the log cabin’s style but first I
need to make and install the back door I’m thinking about what design would be
the best perhaps I will go with the French door for a change I just need to
figure out how to make it energy-efficient the front door turned
out nicely there are virtually no gaps around it once the log cabin is
furnished inside I’m planning to spend a few weeks in it in January which means
the log cabin needs a wood stove I decided to build the cabins heating
system starting from a chimney it will be an unusual wooden chimney made from
two hollowed log halves that are connected with wire clamps
the chimney will not penetrate the roof but will leave the house underground
and will stand outside the cabin this way the roof will not have a potential
weak point where it could leak and the chimney won’t take precious space inside
the cabin such chimney design will also allow me to
cold-smoke fish underground as a bonus once done I’m planning to make a
stationary wood stove using rocks and clay meanwhile I’m using my portable
metal stove to cook food and to stay warm and dry as it was raining during my
most stay this summer you might think I spent most of my stay to build the log
cabin this is not entirely true the most time-consuming project this summer was
transporting and planting trees during the last few years I planted over 250
deciduous trees around my camp to replenish the ones that were knocked
down by a severe storm most of the tree saplings are growing in three nurseries
around my log cabin camp I planted Alligan Birches,Indigo trees, Amur
Velvet trees, White Acacia trees, German Medlar trees, Red Bud Cercis, Scarlet
Red Maple, Manchurian Walnut trees and a few more names
I either forgot or their tree saplings didn’t make it to this day to be precise
I spent at least seven full days at my three nurseries this summer
this estimate doesn’t include the time and effort of growing these saplings
from seeds and transporting them to my camp by boat however I believe the final
result is well worth the effort I’m planning to make a separate video about
how to grow trees from seeds and make money doing it last year I made a packframe from a few planks bird cherry branches two straps from my old backpack
and some PET rope cut from a bottle the time spent making it was well worth
it my packframe saved me a lot of time and
effort this season I used it extensively to transport soil
heavy tools my metal oven tree saplings and even long heavy wooden slabs for my
cabin doors construction if you don’t have one I highly recommend you to
consider obtaining or making a packframe one of this video’s goals is to
get the advice for what videos you would like me to make first I have more than
20 projects that were filmed but they’re still awaiting to be edited and
published I know I won’t have time to publish them all which is why your
opinion will help me to prioritize my efforts I’m asking you to help me to
make that choice but in order to give me a valid recommendation please finish
watching this video there are still a few good project spoilers ahead when you
do one activity for a while it tends to get boring which is why I try to work
with multiple projects at once this summer I built another catamaran and a
new composite kayak in addition to my old inflatable floaters / duffle bags
catamaran you probably have noticed that my new composite kayak has two latches
one on each end this kayak can be used as is or can be included into a
catamaran’s frame last year I already made a catamaran but didn’t have much time to
test it even though my plastic wrap kayak is fairly reliable and would work
as is I decided to reinforce it with a couple of extra ribs and stringers as well
as to reinforce the kayak’s skin I used synthetic fabric and polymer resin to
mold a hardshell over its branch frame and plastic skin now the kayak won’t
leak even if you hit an underwater rock I have extensively tested this new model
kayak running over rocks and floating logs the new shell didn’t even budge
this is my first experience in molding fabric with polymer resin the next kayak
will be even better I already have plans for it and the new model will be a part
of a sailing catamaran here is an idea I have in mind I want to make a watch
tower that would be taller than the pine tree I use to get my phone reception in
the woods I need to get about 10 feet (3 meters) above this pine for more stable
phone reception I’m going to use long sticks and wire clamps to build this
makeshift phone tower if you liked this video perhaps you could share it with
your friends let good people watch good videos this is Max Egorov st.
Petersburg Russia and a final note I only produce on one or two videos max a
month and if you don’t want to miss new content like this you can click on the
bell reminder for notifications I hope to see back on Advoko MAKES…

100 thoughts on “My Log Cabin and Other Summer Projects

  1. One of this video's goals is to get your advice for what videos you would like me to make first. I have more than 20 projects that were filmed but are still awaiting to be edited and published. I know I won't have time to publish them all, which is why your opinion will help me to prioritize my efforts. 
    The Clamper:
    Turning a Tree into Perfect Boards:
    Here are the piggy banks. The funds will be used for the production of the new videos:
    PayPal: [email protected]
    My Patreon page:

  2. How you may have made the hole:

    Using the same idea as pinning a string to the center of the circle and using that radius to make the circle with a pencil, you could use a length of wood instead of the string.

    Instead of the pin, you would drill a hole through the center and connect both sides using the same idea on both sides.

    Instead of where the pencil would be, you make a slit in the wood perpendicular to the length. This would accept and support a pruning blade.

    You would then drill a hole at the edge of where your circle will be. Then, you will slide the blade through the slit and through the hole to the other side where it will go through the other slit in the length of wood.

    Now you have a supported blade running through that will cut a perfect circle.

    That’s as clear as I could make it. Sorry haha.

  3. You my friend are INCREDIBLE! I didn't know you planted so much, wow mother nature gains a lot from you. I really wish I could help you by telling you which videos to produce but seriously ANY of them I am amazed with. As long as you keep doing what you do and capturing and publishing it I am happy ? Thanks for sharing all your knowledge!

  4. Ive never done anything like this but damn bud!

    You're really good with your head.

    How long did this take you from start to finish?

  5. I can't suggest specific projects, but I really enjoy seeing your ideas for combining ancient woodcraft with modern technological materials, especially those saved from becoming trash like your polymer "rope" made from bottles.
    Please, more of that kind of thing.

  6. I cant find the right word! Fasinating, wonderment, amazing, looking forward to more videos. Now that i found you again i can look at all the videos i missed!

  7. I'm interested in the growing trees from seeds, I dislike the nursery trees that are grafted onto root stock- these trees die off after 5-7 years- very frustrating. Great job!

  8. Great to see another video of you, my man! I really missed it!
    As to advice what videos you should post i can only say that i would like to see everything you do 😀

  9. I've always wanted to live a simple life in the woods. I don't have the skills you have and couldn't build anything substantial with my own two hands, but you're an inspiration and I really enjoy your videos. 🙂

  10. Another brilliant video, Max. When I do projects similar to yours, friends ask me how I knew I could do it. I tell them that it never occurred to me that I couldn't. It's amazing how many people are crippled by self doubt. Imagine how far humanity could progress if everyone got the coaching and emotional support they need.

  11. Так-так… Педальный, хомутатель, горн, лук это всё понятно. Но для этого канала надо будет сделать балалайку, матрёшку и приручить медведя! Иначе "западные партнёры" будут плохо подписываться! Всех благ!

  12. I build skin on frame boats so I would like more on that type o video but i loved the clamper video so hey I watch them all. As for the window hole thats challenging. I saw small kerf saw marks so I am guessing you compassed the circle on one side then drilled the center hole and compassed the other side. then by drilling close to but not beyond each compassed mark. Then segmenting it using a jig saw blade and a jig you made up. after you got the first pie roughed out? Naw you probably did something way smarter. Love these videos. When you want to visit the US in Wyoming let me know.

  13. After watching several of your videos, I’m convinced you have built what you have in a manner so as not to be detected by anyone on land or from the air. You have exhibited (and developed) great bushcraft skills. Well done!!!

  14. Dude you are amazing! I love your videos! Any video on this channel is priceless video! Поздрав из Србије! ❤️

  15. For the round hole, I would take a metal rod, bend it twice to resemble an angular 'J'. The distance of from the long leg of the J to the short is your radius. Drill a small hole in the center of the circle, pass the unbent end of the rod through the hole, attach a pencil to the short leg, draw your circle on the irregular surface. Bravo on the cabin!

  16. Amazing woodworking my friend …please consider making a wood burning heated hot tub ! … It would be a nice thing after a long days work

  17. id love to see the pack frame build! but i also have a suggestion! you could hire out translation and editing, and just do narration! this would allow you to get all the projects out

  18. Just philozophizing, one thing I notest in videos coming from everywhere sharing know how, is that all viewers embrace the know how, share opinions and admiration for the work of each other, doesn´t matter the nationalityreligion of the person. So the obvious conclusion is that we, ordinary people, aren´t xenophobic this is instilled in us by the power owners, weapons producers, religious leaders and politicians that manipulate public opinion to reach their nasty objectives… Internet is the only free world, internet rules!

  19. You are dependend of gasoline and its transportation that should be a complex logistic in the middle of the woods. I would conisder some projects to make you energy self sufficient… I don´t know if you have a easier source around, but maybe would be interesting to extend your pond to grow fish or to fish and keep them on hand? Some ideas… I´ve found your pivotal door construction process super interesting! And I would like to know more about your technic, how you cut wood boards without a chainsaw mill, The result is amazing and I´m very curious about it…

  20. Since childhood, many Russian people have learned to survive in the forest and cook their own food.
    In critical situations of separation from civilization, contact them

  21. This is an outstanding accomplishment my friend. You should be very proud. I enjoy all your videos and hope that you continue to make them. Live long and prosper.

  22. The window was made with chainsaw. You have attached axel paralel to the bar. Than drill small hole in the wall and put the axel in the hole. Start the chainsaw and spin around. have done it my self.

  23. Always interesting picking up what creativity you have put to work. Although the commentary to the making is brief, the results are amazing and would love to catch a bit more of the process no matter what it is. I understand the attention span of viewer may not want to much detail, a bit more would be helpful. Personally, I enjoy any endeavor you have decided to create, but I’ll focus on the tower or antennae pole you intend to put together. I’ve given some thought to the idea myself, so would like to see your result and trials to putting it together, especially in the context of climbing to service any failing due to weather and such? Good stuff, all! Thanks for sharing.

  24. I like all the videos you have mentioned. The backpack looks very interesting . Your videos are good for the soul. Keep up the good work!

  25. WOW, you are one talented person….enjoyed watching how you build, what you're making and why…keep up the good work. Stay safe, be careful, take it easy and keep warm and dry.

  26. I really enjoy all of your videos. You are very clever and capable. And you have kinda distinctive style that differs you from channels I stumbled upon.

  27. – "I want your ropinion about what poject I should carry first"
    – A watchtower! A WATCHTOWER!!
    – "I'm considering making a watchtower"
    – Rhâââââââââ…

    Good people watch good videos.
    Maxim's videos are genius, therefore…

  28. You are impressive and inspiring! I live in BC and am completely inspired. Keep posting! Love the kayak and things you make! Amazing getaway!

  29. I am an outdoor enthusiast. I am so impressed about your projects. I wish you great success and good health. Greetings from Mongolia.

  30. Ну держи Егоров- just think, how did this rogue drag everything on himself into the forest? he has a support group of 30 people and a couple of helicopters. don't let yourself be fooled. do not believe everything.

  31. Oh I clicked on the notification bell long ago!
    You're videos and narration of them are simply put AMAZING !
    Such ingenuity and innovation you have, it's so interesting.
    Warmest Regards and Merry Christmas from Arizona.

  32. My guess on how window is made. Chain saw tip rotate (rocking back & forth) forward end until it goes thru. Regular checking in progress to ensure shape & accuracy.

  33. Hey there,…….First,..I must aplaude you for being so ambitious in doing what you've set out to do…and you have done it quite well ..! although you said you've had a bit of help….the final outcome of your projects have turned out very nice for being deep in the woods and having minimal tools….Kudos to you…!!!!!!
    I've always wanted to do these things as you are now doing when I was young….I'm pusing '60 soon and feel that I have wasted a lot of time,.. although I've been a carpenter for the last 41 years….and I know my trade quite well to say the least……I am glad to see someone as young as your self doing this and keep doing it…..Great job..!

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