Cabin Door

I am building a log cabin on a river here in AK. The structure is up and this summer we are doing the doors and windows. I would like to build anice front door for the cabin out of local wood either spruce or birch maybe even aspen. I would like to 8" timbers as the door way with the door installed in the frame. 2 reasons for this. I need to beef up the front wall and straighten the existing log wall, {it is bowing a bit} so I thought the timbers with splines cut into the logs would help keep things solid as well as look great. I have searched the web looking for ideas but have come up empty. Would any of you have any ideas that may help. I am going to build this in the shop and transport it on site by boat so I have power tools needed to build it I just need a little direction. Thanks in advance. Alaska Bob
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>I would like to 8" timbers as the door way

First we'll need to speak the same language. If it's what I think you mean, the jambs (frame), are you thinking of "splining" the walls to it? Tom Someday, it'll all be over....
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Hey Bob, If I understand your question correctly, you are asking about how to prepare for installing the door, not building the door itself?
I admire your ambition. I am planning on building my own log cottage in the near future but my knowledge so far only comes from reading (lots of reading). A couple of books I have explain what I think you are trying to accomplish, i.e.. cutting splines. The Alaskan Log Construction Guide explains one method on pages 49-52. The whole guide can be downloaded for free from this website: http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/Department_Files/RIC/Construction%20Manuals/construction-manuals.htm Also, "Building with Logs" by Allan Mackie and "Log Construction Manual" by Robert Chambers are excellent in trying to describe, with photos and diagrams some of the "how to's" Good Luck!! I am planning on a taking a log construction course next year.
Keep your stick on the ice Tony

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Yes I am going to use a rough cut 2x4 or 2x6 spline between the jambs and the log wall. The jambs being the 8" timbers. I was going to use a 6 0r 8" timber for the header as well joined to the jambs with a m/t joint.
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