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Log Furniture, Cabinetry & Railings
How long does it take for my custom order to be completed?

Typically, turn-around time is 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. We’ll be happy to share the estimated timeline of completion for your specific project upon inquiry.

How are logs peeled and dried?

Once logs are harvested and trucked back to our Aberdeen facility, they are placed on a support and hand-peeled. Hand-peeling is done with a drawknife (two handles with a blade in between) to remove the bark of the tree. We do not rely on high pressure water or a machine to do the work, we do it by hand.

Following our hand-peeling process, logs are stored in a climate-controlled kiln that facilities a slow, even draying process. When the moisture level is reduced to an acceptable level, the logs are ready to be used for furniture construction.

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Why are the logs in my furniture ‘cracked’?

The cracks you see are the result of checking, which is linear cracking and it’s present in all dried logs measuring 2” diameter and larger. It’s the result of moisture releasing 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. Logs that are still drying on a finished piece can cause joints to loosen and the finish to peel. This is why all of the logs we use in furniture are dried before construction begins.

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Does checking affect the log's strength?

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.

Do I need to re-finish my log pieces at any time?

Because of the finishing process we use, the furniture will never need to be treated again for the lifetime of the piece.

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What if an accident ruins a spot of finish on my log furniture?

If an accident should occur, the affected area can be re-sanded and resprayed and will be renewed to its original state. Please contact us for further instruction on the process and product to use.

What kind of wood is used in the hand peeled furniture?

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.

Payments & Delivery Charges
Do I have to pay tax on my order?

Anybody with an address in the state of South Dakota must pay 6.5% 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.

What payment methods are accepted for custom orders?

We accept personal checks and major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Checks should be made out to K & A Log Furniture and mailed to 414 Columbia Drive, Aberdeen, SD 57401. Payment via credit card can be made by calling us at (605) 226-9998. Items will be sent once your payment has been received.

What are delivery rates?

Delivery within a 15 mile radius Aberdeen, South Dakota, is provided at no charge. Delivery within South Dakota is available at a general rate of $1 a mile for the round trip. Out of state delivery is available depending on location and 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.

Log Homes
How often should I stain and seal my log cabin home?

Log homes should be stained and sealed within a month or two of their completed construction. Future stain and seals are dependent upon climate, log type, products used and location. Usually, every 5-7 years a new coat should be applied.

How do I know if my log home needs restoration?

Indications that a home will need restoration include log rot, log graying, windows/doors opening improperly, mold, soft spongy logs or fungi growing from wet areas.

What is chinking?

Chinking is what fills the gap between logs in log homes. Typically chinking is done with a synthetic, petrochemical based log caulk or motor, it should never be done with a silicon-based caulk.

What is corn-cobbing?

Corn-cobbing is also known as corn cob blasting and is the cleaning process we employ to remove dirt, debris, stains and coatings to help restore a log home. There are other methods used, including sandblasting, glass bead blasting and power washing. We feel corn-cobbing is the most superior of these options.