Off Grid Log Cabin Built by One Man / My Other Summer Projects

Off Grid Log Cabin Built by One Man / My 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 “Off Grid Log Cabin Built by One Man / My 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. 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.

  3. – "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…

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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..!

  10. …вот до чего техника дошла, нашего адвоката и там и тут показывают…

  11. I look forward to seeing your progress with your projects. I'd enjoy seeing how things go when you stay in January and how your rock and mortar fireplace turns out. Great content as always my friend, keep up the good work and be safe!

  12. thank you for sharing brother,
    First off I'd like to apologize, there was a time when I shared this vision with a date I thought the Lord Jesus was saying when it would take place. The Lord Jesus has assured me it will take place but it will be according to His will, in His time. If you read it and it speaks to you, then perhaps it will be your journey too. May the Spirit of our Lord Jesus guide you..
    I was given a vision of an earthquake that looked to measure 12.1 magnitude hitting the west coast of America(B.C., California). A huge tsunami followed after the earthquake. I'm not sure how this earthquake is triggered exactly. I've been getting messages from the Lord Jesus in the last month concerning an asteroid/meteor hitting the earth. And He has connected me to at least 4 others getting similar messages. In any case, if a meteor hit the earth it would trigger wide spread earthquakes across the globe. There is another brother in Christ who has said that Jesus showed Him a 9.1 magnitude earthquake will hit the west coast first. Then he seen a 12.2 earthquake, to follow the 9.1, within 24 hours. I believe that this will be the short time frame that you will have to grab what you need(bug out bag) and make for higher ground, or wherever the Holy Spirit of God may lead you. Many will most likely believe that the 9.1 is the big one and will stay where they are. But if Byron Searle is correct, then that will be the time to move to safety. During this time the Lord Jesus will lead many of His people into places of refuge, and eventually out of the country and back to Israel before He returns. He will use His remnant to bring in the harvest during this time, and we will learn to be completely dependant on Him for all we need.
    There are many Jews(12 tribes of Israel) living in America that have no idea they have Jewish roots. Jesus carried His people out of Egypt on eagles wings as He was judging the Egyptians(Exodus 19:4). In the same manner, as the nations are being judged, we will be gathered out of those nations by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus. Of course this is not everyone, many will stay behind and will finish there course where they are. But this message is to those who the Lord Jesus will call to leave this nation by exodus. Revelation 12:14 says, "The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach". The woman is Israel, God's children in Christ, and the time, times and half a time is equal to 3.5 years where we will be taken care of in the wilderness safe from the dragon who will be persuing God's children, the saints(Revelation 13:7). Here are scriptures related to exodus from all nations, Ezekiel 36:24, Jeremiah 32:37, and Zephaniah 3:20.
    I've also been given messages from Jesus of a Russian invasion to follow sometime after this earthquake and tsunami. I've been led to others given similar messages as confirmation that it will happen. There is so much more to all of this, but I'm not sure it is necessary to get into all the details. I believe that Jesus will direct you however necessary for what He has for you.
    There can be judgement, and revival. I believe the tribulation(70th week of Daniel) is about to start. When it does, we are going to get a fresh fire from the Spirit of our Lord Jesus. We are going to see miracles like no one has ever seen before, and see a harvest of souls beyond comprehension. It is going to be dark, but we are going to be light in the Light. God is going to use martyrdom like He did with the early Church in these last days to bring in multitudes of souls with the blood of His saints shed(Revelation 6:10-11). He will give men without His Spirit over to the darkness so they see there emptiness without Him. They will do the most wicked acts, but this will be used to draw so many to Christ's glorious light shining so bright within us(Isaiah 60:1-3). We will be like stars in the deepest darkness shining for all to see so as to bring glory to our wonderful Savior. All glory and praise be to Jesus who has made me a conduit of His message and grace.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this and may the peace of Jesus which surpasses all understanding rest on you and your family no matter the circumstances you face.

  13. I love seeing all your projects and thank you very much for sharing them, I trust you had an enjoyable summer at that beautiful place you have put together , would love to see the sailing catamaran , and I am very intrigued about your look-out tower

  14. Maybe you could make a Yagi directional antenna for your phone, with 10 to 20 times power gain, instead of a 30 ft mast.

  15. Whoah this just popped up in my feed. This is fantastic!
    You gotta tell us what that water wheel is going to do. How is going to work.

  16. Your projects are just awesome. Love the way you work with the nature.
    I would be really interested to learn more about your jigg, workbench and stuff you invented to make your work easier 😉

  17. look here dude if you are still alive you don't need to climb a tree get a fairly good size wire and run it up the side of the tree or get enough to wrap around the tree ( it will get good reception in all directions ) to the height you want it to be at the bottom shape a piece of a pie pan to the shape of your phone and solder the wire to the pie pan hold you phone in the pie pan so it touches the back of the phone … don't need no back door instead build a rock fireplace there inside of the door up to the half of the door and leave the rest of the door as a chimney exposed to the inside for extra heat…now living off-grid helps you to get away but you are still here in th same time frame as the rest of us here is a Bible scripture that will tell you what is coming Revelation11:18 the latter part of this verse says " and the time came for God to destrot those destroying the earth" no have you ever heard of anything man has done that could endanger the earth? …global climate change? sir a volcanic winter is coming…..think, people.

  18. Your videos are so beautifully done. Great job. The mix between great footage and thoughtful and informative voice over is just perfect. Your English is very good. Keep up the great work. I already have plans to make a vertical stove with my daughter. I need to try that potato and hotdog recipe!

  19. Hello Maxie! Another great video! I am impressed with your approach to getting things done. You find some very simple yet elegant wood-craft solutions to building your projects. Of all the upcoming ideas for videos that you mentioned, I am most fascinated by your idea of building a tower for phone reception. It would be interesting to me to see the creative ways you would come up with for doing this. Thanks for all of your good work!

  20. You are truly amazing and inspiring thank you for sharing. You show what life should be… tuned in from Canada!

  21. I didn't mean to offend anyone. Yes, we have wonderful men like this in the USA and Canada and lots of other places as well. They are just not always easy to find sometimes, because they are usually in rural and far away places. So, I ask the good Lord of heaven to bless and keep all of them.

  22. Спасибо за ваши видео! Я бы сделал окно до размещения бревен, обрезав их, как вы сделали для угловых соединений кабины, выровнял и обрезал до того, как я положил бревна.

  23. Да адвокат крут. Это тебе не фастфуд с дешевым пивом. Парниша правильной закваски

  24. Да адвокат крут. Это тебе не фастфуд с дешевым пивом. Парниша правильной закваски

  25. Moved to Russia permanently a year ago. Seeing your efforts and hard work in such an amazing part of Russia gives hope to what's achievable here. Very educational stuff. Great videos. Would love to see your winter videos from the cabin. Look forward to your next videos. Regards Marchell Lipetsk Russia.

  26. You're amazing. Seriously. Super fun to watch you make that kayak. How does your "log stove pipe" not get too hot? Thanks (:

  27. Great video nice cabin love you work.I would find old newspapers shred them into confetti and hand crank paddle drill and bucket add watter turns to paste make great natrual insulation. Apply the paste to the cracis and then I would do a clay/hay plaster to make the inside look Morden .

  28. Hope you had a great Holiday season! You videos are amazing, love this style! Keep on the great content and all the best to you for this new year!

  29. Lawyer, mountain man, builder, designer, cook…what don't you do? And smart and cute. I'd say he's catch of the day, ladies. A man of many talents….thank you for sharing them.

  30. You..
    Are an inspiring fellow.
    Alot of cool ideas.
    Personally I would love to see a cell tower look out
    Just to see how You would pull it off.

  31. Love the chimney idea, the pack frame, and kayak! Just found your channel so I have no suggestions…but have subbed. Hello from Canada! 🇨🇦

  32. The cell phone / lookout tower would be very very cool to watch you build in film it. would also appreciate it if you continue to give us English subtitles or do a couple videos where you speak a little bit in English at the very end just to fill us in on what's going on. Us English-speaking people would really appreciate. Love your videos please keep up the good work. God bless you my friend

  33. HELLO From Edmonton Alberta Canada.
    I've really enjoyed watching you building your cabin and surrounding projects!
    It's nice to hear from you even though I enjoyed your silent video's as well!
    I just want to thank you for your creative videos they ARE very educational!

  34. i sure like watching some of these log cabin building videos and they all have skills for building…i have none of that…

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