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I am trying to build an "historic luxury" cabin at a low cost. I purchased 4000 board feet of inch thick rough cut oak. I have framed with 2x4 and plywood and now have the oak nailed to the framing with one and half inch tall gaps between each board to give the chinking look. Can I purchase mortar mix to use for chinking? I cannot afford the 150 dollar 5 gallon chinking at this time. The chinking is just for looks.

Answer:

Chinking: By the shovel: 1 portland cement 3 strained sawdust 4 fibered plaster 2 masonry sand 2 masonry cement mix dry add water ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Daubing Mixes parts (volume) material MIX A 1/4 cement 1 lime 4 sand 1/8 dry color hog bristles or excelsior MIX B 6 sand 4 lime 1 cement MIX C 1 portland cement 4-8 lime 7-10 sand Mix A (Donald A. Hutsler, "Log Cabin Restoration: Guidelines for the Historical Society," American Association for State and Local History, Technical Leaflet No. 74, "History News," Vol. 29, No. 5 (May 1974.) Mix B and C are reprinted from "Log Structures: Preservation and Problem-Solving," by Harrison Goodall and Renee Friedman, Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1980.

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