How to Install Log Siding on a Playhouse

exterior log siding
What You'll Need
Wood putty
Putty knife
Lag screws
Table saw
Log siding (tongue and groove half round)

Installing log siding on a playhouse is going to make the house a lot more durable and sturdy. You can trust that your playhouse will last a lot longer for your children, when you have log siding on it. Not only will it be able to withstand strong winds and cold weather, your child will be able to play in it a lot more often, no matter what the weather is outside. It is also something that they can use for their own children some day, as the log siding will add decades onto the play house. There are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Step 1 – Install Corners

Get your corner logs cut and installed into place. Measure the corner pieces thoroughly with a tape measure. Once they have been measured, cut them with a table saw. The spacing that goes between your corner pieces and the ground needs to be accurate. You will know that it is accurate because there won’t be a gap. The same can be said for the corner piece and the very top of the wall, where it meets the roof. Expect for there to be issues with wind and rain getting into the house where there are gaps. Use lag screws to attach the corner pieces to the sheeting or the studs. Screw the log into the studs.

Step 2 - Cut Foundation Log

You now need to get your foundation log cut to the right length. You want it to fit correctly in between the corner logs that you just installed. Your foundation log needs to be laid across the bottom part of the wall. Make sure that it is completely and totally level. You may need to use shims to keep it off of the ground and level. Make sure that the tongue is running along the length of the upper part of your log. Use the lag screws to secure it to the wall.

Step 3 - Cut Log

Cut the logs to the proper length. The length you want them to be at will be where they can lie above the foundation log. A wooden block and your hammer will be needed for you to be able to get the tongue tapped to the bottom part of your log. Nail the ends of the log so that they are held up against the edge. Do this on both sides of the log, so that it is properly secured. Continue until the logs have completely covered the wall. Depending on how high the wall is, it may be necessary to use your table saw to rip the top log to fit a smaller gap than the others.

Step 4 – Finish

Fill in screw holes on the foundation piece and the corner pieces with wood putty, and allow to dry.