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The Log Connection April Newsletter
CONTENTS April 1, 2012
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Home of the Month: the Thurston Kitchen Cabinets in a Stack Log Home Free Desktop Calendar of the month
'Tis spring, and a young man's* fancy turns to...building a dream log home!
Whether you like classic stacked log, or post and beam log, or hybrid, or timber frame, you're sure to find something to suit your taste in our huge collection of plans. And don't forget, complete customization by our award winning in-house designer is included in the log or timber package.
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Kitchen Cabinets in a Stack Log Home

In your kitchen design the drawings will usually show or indicate upper cabinets. Cabinets need to be plumb to the floor and level across their length. On a frame wall that is plumb and level this is not a problem. Find your low spot, determine your height and go level from there. You need to know where your wall studs are and attach the cabinets securely to them.
upper cabinets In a stack log home the process is a bit different. You must always be aware of the fact that stack log homes settle. This fact will affect anything that comes into contact with the log walls. During the phase design process, if possible, try to avoid upper cabinets that must be attached to the log walls. In a smaller kitchen this may be unavoidable. That is when you need to think about how you want to secure the cabinets and what that will look like.
cabinets The simplest method would be to attach a cleat to the log at about where the top of the cabinet will be. This cleat must be square and plumb to the other kitchen cabinets and counter top, not the log it is attached to. Another cleat, on a lower log, must be secured, plumb to the upper cleat, so the cabinets hang level. Do not secure the cabinets to the lower cleat due to settling between them. This method does let you see as much of the log wall as you can behind the cabinets. You would not be able to wrap the cabinets around a corner onto a framed wall, because the framed wall does not move.
A more technically challenging solution would be to frame out a wall away from the log wall. This would give you a wall that is plumb and straight that would even allow you to wrap the cabinets around the corner. Remember that the log wall behind will move and you will need to allow for the movement of any window in that area. The thought and care you put into your design in the beginning will pay off in reduced stress when you are finishing your home.
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