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Loghomeology definition

'D' Log

D-Log is a profile you can choose for your milled log home. Named for its shape, each log is milled round on the outside and cut flat on the inside, giving you a traditional log home look outside with a straight log wall on the inside. Learn more about milled log homes.


Incorporating day light into building designs by the controlled admission of natural light through windows to reduce electric lighting requirements while reducing building energy costs.


To remove bark from a tree. Depending upon the frame of reference, debarking a felled tree may be about preparing logs for the mill, or peeling logs to be used as posts, railings, log furniture, etc.

Decking (see Sheathing)

Decking options have expanded in the last few years with improved composite materials and hearty exotic Brazilian  woods with 100 year lifespans. The days of pine or redwood have passed.  Read this article about additional decking options and wood choices.

Dimension Lumber

Wood manufactured in a variety of sizes for use in wall framing, flooring systems, and roof trusses, as well as for exterior applications. A 2x4 is dimension lumber with an actual finished size of 1.5” thick by 3.5” wide.

Dog Trot House

A double pen log cabin divided by an open passageway, which was covered by a singular roof.

Door Buck

Framed rough opening for a door.

Douglas Fir

This wood has a complex grain structure and is less prone to checking and twisting and has extraordinary structural strength and flexibility.

Dovetail Corner

The dovetail corner was most prevalent in the eastern USA and Ontario.  Dovetail corners can be cut in round logs, but are more often used with square or rectangular logs.  Pictured at right is a dovetail corner cut on D-logs.  The dovetail (or half-dovetail) corner echoes the joinery used by pioneers who usually built such homes using square timbers. The end of each log is cut to produce a 'dove's tail' shaped wedge. As the logs are stacked the ends of one wall’s logs lock into the perpendicular logs producing one of the sturdiest of joinery corner styles. See half-dovetail.


A horizontal member that runs diagonally from one corner to another, and supports the corner posts above and is supported by the corner posts below. It acts as a hip rafter to support jetties on two adjacent sides of an upper floor.

Draw Boring

A process in joinery where holes in a mortise and tenon joint, are drilled slightly out of alignment, so that when a peg is inserted, the joint is drawn tightly together.


Drawknifing is a method of removing (peeling) bark from a log.  Drawknifing milled logs adds texture resembling the tool marks that would have been made if the logs had been debarked by hand. The video below shows how a drawknife is used and how a tenon is cut on a small log.


A 'dry-in' package generally includes everything that is required to get a home to the "dry-in" stage. Finishing the building will require other components not typically included in a log package (or kit). This is because such items are usually easier to acquire locally.  Some of those components include:

Plumbing, electrical wiring, fixtures, etc.,
Kitchen and bathroom cabinets & countertops
Flooring (carpet, tile, etc.)
Interior wall finishing (drywall, etc.)


A patch meant to cover a defect, joinery blemish or error. Color and grain matching make them difficult to see.

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