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  • Greetings all!  My 1st and only cabin is about 2/3 done still got plumbing, electric and finish work to do.  Anyone having any advice on staining standing dead spruce walls and cedar posts/decking, I will greatly appreciate.  My daughter has the construction recorded on YouTube at vistaloghome2012.  Its this old vet's long standing dream come true, so if I get too wordy, please bear with me. Thanks.................CalWayne


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  • Welcome CalWayne! Here are a couple of articles you may find helpful:

    Emily Hare
    Editorial Assistant
    Cabin Life magazine

  • Welcome, and thanks for your service.  Hope you get the cabin finished before winter.  The 80/20 rule states that it takes 80% of the time to do the last 20% of the work.

  • Congrats on your new cabin.  I am in my 2nd cabin, the first was in Western Massachusetts and this one is in Middle Tennessee......the stain we used on this cabin, made of yellow pine, was Sikkens Cetol for log siding. It is expensive but well worth the cost.  My husband applied it with a sprayer.

    Our builder, who lives in our area, needs to re-stain his deck every 2-3 years.  We first stained our cabin in 08 and it still looked great last year when we re-stained because of a porch and deck addition, which has a lot of cedar.  The cabin and addition blended perfectly, you'd never know they were built 4 years apart.  Good luck CalWayne.