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The Interior Finish

The exterior of the cabin being completed, we will turn our attention to the finishing of the interior. The cost of the structure will be considerably reduced if, instead of making a wooden floor, you dry out the ground and pack it down until it is hard. If you are situated where you can procure boards, nail them to the joists which you set in place during the early part of the building's construction.

The Interior Finish

Make the cabin door of matched boards, fastening them together by means of battens at top, center, and bottom. If you do not happen to have iron hinges, there are several ways of making good wooden ones. Cut three blocks of wood and nail them to the inside edge of the door jamb. Make three wooden hinges, each about eighteen inches long. Round one end of each, and bore a small hole through it . Nail these three hinges to the door in such a position that, when the door is put in place, the ends of the hinges will rest on the blocks. Now, when you know where the holes bored in the hinges come on the blocks, bore a hole through each block directly below that in the hinge. When ready to put the door on, set it in place and either bolt the hinges to the blocks or slip large spikes through the holes.

A hinge very commonly used consists of a pole about four inches longer than the door. This pole is nailed to the edge of the door, one end extending into a hole bored in the floor, and the other end into a corresponding hole in the log over the door opening.

The old-fashioned wooden latch and latchstring is a very good and serviceable fastening for a cabin door. The latch should be about two feet long and two inches wide. Make a guard by cutting a slot in it about three and one-half inches long and a little deeper than the latch is thick. The catch should be made with an incline, so that the latch will slide easily into the slot.

After screwing the latch to the door, fasten the guard and catch in place. The catch should be set into a slot cut in the door jamb. Bore a hole through the latch and another through the door; after which fasten a cord to the latch and pass it through the hole made in the door. Tie an iron ring or small weight to the end of the string hanging outside of the door. The latch, guard, and catch may need some adjusting at first to make them work perfectly.

Two bunks should be arranged in a corner of the cabin. Erect two posts thirty inches from the wall, and fasten two cross-pieces, about twelve inches from the floor. Cut some straight poles about three feet long, and gain one end of each into the wall, and fasten the other ends to the crosspieces. Place these poles about six inches apart, and cover them with a thick layer of straw.

In addition to a few stools, which can be made out of boxes, you should have a corner cabinet for guns, fishing tackle, camera, photograph supplies, etc. This may be made out of one of the packing cases in which you brought your camping outfit. Attach the cover to the front with leather hinges and fasten a few shelves inside.