I look at most of the structures involving logs and I wonder if ;
a) the recipes are intentionally wrong for some sort of balancing issue or;
b) if the devs are simply not aware of the actual methods used to create frontier log walls that have been a staple for centuries.
Most all of these barricades, walls and structures used nothing but long logs and mud. Rarely a few would employ rope, but the reality is that the majority did not. Using a shovel, axes and hatchets you can craft some very useful structures.
The 1st common is a mule shoe (http://www.civilwarfieldtrips.com/sp...19logfort.html)
Dig hole, drop in log for post, stack logs betwen posts.
Common Long log forts consisted of digging a 12 inch wide slit trench 3-4 ft deep, drop in long log as upright pole, continue to drop poles side by side packing them tight until wall is complete, then pack dirt in at bottom to tighten the wall.
If you were going to have the wall for an extended period, you sharpened the tops of the poles and wove rope between the logs to reduce spreading.
The other common fortress was simply taking a log, roughly flattening two sides some what, notching the ends about 2 ft from the end and stacking them, some times using the mule shoe to hold them until complete.
Think the child's toy Lincoln logs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Logs).
These structure were favored by armies for the simplicty of the resources required. All you had to have was shovel and an axe. Rarely you would add the hatchet to the mix, as you could do it with just those two tools.
No nails, rope, stakes, or other materials required. Every 5th trooper carries an axe, every trooper carries a shovel, and that is all an army needed to build a series of forts as they traveled. The Romans perfected it.
Once rifles made the scene and soldiers could actually aim at and hit a gap in the wall, some armies would take the logs and use axes to "square" them up so that there were fewer gaps between the logs and they stacked quicker. Even more complex and "finished" wood structure used axes to square up the wood, and wooden peg/dowels to assist in fastening for structural support.
So I guess to sum up, can we get some recipes that dont require nails or any other fasteners?