Q: Do I have to pay tax on my
A: Anybody with an address in the state
of South Dakota must pay 6% state/municipal tax. Sometimes
additional municipal taxes apply depending on whether
the order is delivered or picked up. All out-of-state
sales are not subject to sales tax.
Q: How do I pay with the 'Buy
it now' buttons?
A: By clicking on this link, the user
will be directed to the shopping cart that allows purchases
with any major credit card or an already existing Paypal account.
Q: Does K & A Log Furniture
accept personal checks?
A: Yes, we do accept personal checks.
They can be mailed to the address listed on this site.
Items will be mailed once the checks have cleared. A
returned check fee of $40 applies to any 'rubber' checks.
Q: What are delivery rates?
A: Delivery within a 15 mile radius
of our business location is provided at no charge. Delivery
within SD is available at a general rate of $1 a mile (round
trip) . Out of state delivery is available depending
on location. Prices vary for this service. Orders of
$5,000+ qualify for 200 miles of free delivery. Orders
of $10,000+ qualify for 500 miles of free delivery.
Orders of $25,000 receive 1,000 miles of free delivery.
Q: What kind of wood is used in
the hand peeled furniture?
A: The majority of the wood used is
red(norway) pine from the forests of central and northern
Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. These trees are
selected and harvested by Keith Miller himself. This
allows for only high quality logs to be utilized for the heirloom
furniture that is created.
Q: How are the logs peeled and
A: After the logs are harvested and
trucked back to the facility at Aberdeen, they are placed
on a support and handpeeled. Handpeeling is when a worker
uses a drawknife (two handles with a blade in between) to
peel off the bark of each tree. The fact that every
tree is different and this is very physical manual labor makes
every piece of handpeeled log furniture unique. Do not
be misled by companies who claim to offer peeled, stripped
or manually peeled logs. This is done by high pressure
water or a machine. Any company that handpeels will
be proud to say so. After the logs are peeled they are
placed on drying racks. Room temperature air is then
circulated around the logs to facilitate a slow, even drying
process. The reason that superheated air is not used
is because hot air results in rapid moisture loss from logs
and can lead to wide checks (the cracks that naturally run
lengthwise on whole peeled logs). When the moisture
level is down to an acceptable level, the logs are ready to
be used for furniture.
Q: How long does it take for my
order to be completed?
A: That depends on what item is requested
and how many orders are already in queue. If your item
is on hand, it can be picked up immediately. Many items
are built to order, so K & A does not stock a large number
of items. Order time is usually 2-8 weeks, with the
majority of orders being completed in under 4 weeks.
During the summer and before Christmas, there are a large
number of orders, so completion time may be extended.
Q: Why are the logs in my furniture
A: Checking(linear cracking) is present
in all dried logs(2” diameter and larger). Moisture
is released from the outside growth rings first, causing them
shrink around the inner, still damp growth rings. The logs
then split to allow this movement. If your logs are not checked,
there is a good chance they are not thoroughly dried and will
check and split as they dry. When they are drying on a finished
piece, it can cause joints to loosen and the finish to peel.
That is why all of the logs we use in furniture are dried
first, then used on furniture.
Q: Does checking affect the logs
A: Usually not. Checking is linear
and does not pass all the way through a log. The logs fibers
still remain intact and the strength remains.
asked questions are added to this list on a regular basis