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Bryan "doc" Henderson Member

I am from Hutchinson, Kansas and I am a hobbiest/logger woodworker. I am involved with scouts ect. i plan to make a small portable cabin for events, to move on a trailer but prefer to be able to dump it off and pick it back up to return home. lots of cottonwood and elm, some locust and oak. Tons of eastern red cedar for the cabin. cabin to be about 8 x 12 feet, on skids. need strength, durability and some rot resistance. could be up on blocks at home. have used cottonwood as trailer floors with some linseed oil and hold up fine, also need some abrasion resistance to drag some on skids. ? coatings, metal abrasion guards?Any ideas on skid design, wood type ect.?

7/15/18       #2: hit the skids. ...
Bryan "doc" Henderson  Member

No reply so far so I thought I would add a few thoughts. While in Duluth, we toured a logging museum. The log sleds were simple but each joint had a purpose based on the forces of pulling the sled. I have seen a few log cabin questions on this forum so thought I would give it a shot.Not enough time to build it now anyway but if any of you have tips on design or wood selection that would be fine. if not, some day I will post pics of what I am doing. Then I am sure I can get lots of opinions. LOL. thanks

7/18/18       #3: hit the skids. ...
Tennessee Tim


I thought someone would've responded prior now also....sorry I should have sooner. I think it's a great thing working with the scouts and the idea you have.....I was a tent camping scout BUT to each his own. Cabin....I would use the ERC for the lumber as it is natural resistant and lighter than your most choices except the cottonwood....the skids...I personally would sit it up like a tiny house on a trailer frame as from my experience UNLESS you have a dedicated special made trailer for loading and unloading a 8' wide doesn't fit between the wheels to slid on and off.
One unique feature you can do is folding front and back porches for more space. This unit would be neat for portable kitchen/mess hall.
Keep us informed on progress. I have a similar 8' x 16' permenant skid cabin at farm with a 4'x16' covered porch totalling 12'x 16'...a little heavy to skid easily. Mine is made of white oak skids with WO floor joists with T&G plywood floor. the wall studs are rough cut 2"x4" tulip poplar with 1"x8" poplar lap siding. This cabin interior is designed for rough camping (in the dry BUT that's all), I have 2 upper bunks (7'x4') at each end high enough I to have a folding couch/bunk under one end and a table-2 bench/bunk at the other totaling 4 usable bunks IF needed. 2 small windows and a half glass wood door....the kicker is it sits at 1,000 ft elv with a view east of 40 miles on a clear day/night....I call it my "dog house with a few"!!!! That keeps me out of it (doghouse) most of the time as she KNOWS I'd stay there!!! LOL!!! One pic...foggy morning view from porch.

7/20/18       #4: hit the skids. ...
Bryan "doc" Henderson  Member

Thanks TT. Yes My son just got his eagle. I am the troop camping coordinator. Also Troop doc. I am almost 60 and we do a trappers in Jan., and camp Alaska in Feb. I usually have a town called "Ketchican" and do logging demo and education about trees and wood in general. Thought it wood be nice to have a tiny wood stove and be able to stand up in the early am. I worked for a guy building houses in high school. (40th reunion coming up). I appreciate your advice. I have a 5 x 10 trailer with 3500 pound axle and brakes. Thought the skids could go on the outside and slide on and off resting on the floor joists. will have to get material estimate and check weight. I have a big pin oak log, and think I have read it can be rot resistant like white oak. I have reviewed some of the old wooden logging sleds for design/structure ideas. The idea is it could function as a headquarters/first aid station but not look like a camper. I have seen a few cabins on this forum, but sorry if this is not the right place. thanks again!

7/24/18       #5: hit the skids. ...
Bryan "doc" Henderson  Member

Tim, I had some time to review your website. I like your style.The view from your cabin is great. Here are some of our boy scout service projects. 36 foot bridge to rifle and archery at Camp Alexander, Co. A 14 foot tall dream catcher gateway for our troop. just celebrated 100 years and over 660 eagle scouts.

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7/24/18       #6: hit the skids. ...
Tennessee Tim


WOW 660 Eagle Scouts!!!! What a HONOR!!! Congrats to them ALL, a GREAT achievement!!!!

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