Log corner styles for a log home...

Here are several of the log corner styles that can be used on log homes or cabins:

• 1. Dovetail Corners: These kinds of corners are most frequently used mostly with parts that are either square logs or rectangular logs. The distinctive appearance of this style is one that makes it a popular favorite.

Each log's end is cut in a way that produces wedge that has a fan shape. When the logs are stacked, one wall’s logs will then lock securely into the logs that are perpendicular.

• 2. Butt and pass corners or A-V joint: This kind of corner is created at the intersection where the perpendicular logs meet. One of the logs will extend on past the corner.

Variations exist, each one involving the area's shape where the logs meet. In most instances, the logs will have a cutout into which one of the logs will fit.

If the butting log's end has been cut so that it matches the mortise, what results is a joint called a tenon. The joint then will be referred to as a "mortise and tenon" or V-joint.

• 3. Saddle-notch corners: These corners may also be referred to as round notch corners. Their name comes from the saddle-shaped notch that is cut into each round log bottom.

Cutting this notch allows the top log to straddle the other log that will intersect the perpendicular wall's log. Both of the logs will be extended on past the wall corner.

The walls on opposite sides of a saddle-notch corner system begin with a log that is half the normal size. This means that the logs will overlap each other at the corners rather than just meet each other at the corner.

The saddle-notch is a frequently used corner intersection preferred by those who are shaping the logs by hand.

These corners are very strong, but a problem is that they require more time to construct. They are easy to seal and the corner logs are held much better than the butt-and-pass type.

• 4. Chink-less corner or joint or Swedish cope joint: This is perhaps the best and the most difficult to make log corner.

It is very popular in Canada. Each log is carved out on the bottom using a scooped adze to fit the irregularities of the log beneath it.

The advantage of this joint is that rainwater is shed off the round sloped surface of the log below. In addition, the two longitudinal edges that contact this underlying log compress under the weight of the logs above, forming a tight seal.

• 5. Post corner or joint or Maine woods log construction: This type of construction is not as labor intensive. In this case, the log ends are cut off perpendicularly and then they are joined at the corners using vertical posts.

This style does not provide quite as much of the traditional log cabin or home look and a different engineering treatment will be required from other log corners since the post doesn't settle with the logs.

If you do not want to cut your own logs, we recommend you order the logs from a saw mill where they can cut or mill them into consistent sized logs. This can save you a lot of time and money.

Logs of consistent shape are easier to seal together and the connections between the windows, doors, roof and foundation are easier to make.

Sawmill logs can be cut into several profiles to give you different effects you may want. For example, a "D" shaped log or round log look. Some builders still use whole round logs, sometimes peeling them. Others hew the logs flat on two, three or even four sides.

Other companies use machines to shape and notch their logs. These machines can create very non-traditional and creative log corner styles.

Pay particular attention to the log corner style that your log home or log cabin will have for the style is important - because of how the corners will look and how they will need to be maintained.

Books about log corner styles

Cottage, Cabin and Vacation Home Plans

Where is your dream log cabin or home built - tucked into pine forest, overlooking a lake or by the seaside in full view of the sun.

No matter where it is, it will be a most welcome retreat from the pace that can be very hectic for our daily life.

The designs that are offered include flexible plans that can be used for everything from a cabin for escaping to a retirement cottage that is the reward for a lifetime of work.

Cottage Style Decorating by Cynthia Overbeck Bix.

This book is about a kind of country style that is a lighter approach to colors, fabrics, furnishings and decorating using country elements.

More than 300 color photographs are included and the text will definitely provide numerous ideas. Country style decorating gives you so many ways you can update your home with the new country look.

Log Cabin Classics by Robbin Obomsawin.

This informative resource provides advice on a wide range of relevant topics that is both straightforward and creative.

From suggestions on using the best local materials to selecting the site, you'll enjoy what you will learn from this professional.

You will be able to take what she explains and apply that information to unique plans you can use as a basis for creating your own dream log cabin home.

Includes are more that twenty classic cabin designs smaller than 1,500 SF.

Log Construction Manual for Building Hand-crafted Log Homes and Log Corner Styles by Robert Wood Chambers.

An important guide for those who are going to build a log home and need to know more about log corner styles...read before you do it.

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