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- Cut to a uniform shape and size.
- A beveled edge or tongue-and-groove can be used to interlock logs. Swedish coping is also an option.
- They’re typically stripped of their bark for consistent grain and color.
- Corner lengths are uniformly cut for a precise fit and tidy appearance.
- Chinking is often unnecessary but can be used for aesthetics.
- Logs are irregularly shaped and vary in size and diameter.
- Each log is cut to conform to the one beneath it.
- You can typically see marks from the adze and drawknives the craftsmen use.
- Corner lengths are usually not uniform.
- Sealant or chinking adheres the logs to each other and seals gaps to make the home weather-tight.
There is yet another choice for log home construction
: half logs. At its core, a half-log home is traditionally framed from dimensional lumber, sheathed and covered in half-log siding. The half logs also can be applied inside to give a full-log look, or drywall can be hung indoors if an abundance of interior wood isn’t your thing.