How About That Chinking?

At Schutt Log Homes and Millworks we get a lot of questions about chinking.

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I’m going to take you through the process and hopefully give a few tips and tricks along the way. Although it’s not for everyone, chinking is one of my favorite things to do. Just remember don’t get in a hurry, you want a great looking finished project, so take your time and perfect your technic and you will cruise through it.

Chinking is a very important part of the construction of our Oak log home kits. The chinking is basically the glue that holds it all together. (Not really, we recommend Timber lock screws every 3 feet to hold the walls in place). But the chinking is still way up on the list of most important elements of the log cabin structure.

There are many types and manufactures of chinking out there. We have a few we recommend on our website.  We find the best product is one that remains somewhat pliable after application. This will allow for the shrinking and expanding of the logs without tearing the chinking as time goes by.

The process of chinking is rather simple. But it is time-consuming and must be done correctly to achieve the desired look and properly seal the spaces between the logs used in the walls. Once the technic is perfected the process speeds up quite a bit. As I said the process is simple but takes a little time to master. Don’t worry, while you’re building your log home you will get lots of practice chinking. You will be an expert by the end of your project.

I have never used the caulk gun method. Some people really like chinking this way and say it’s much faster. The steps will be the same other than you won’t need to fill the spaces with a putty knife, you will use the caulk gun to do it.

The materials you will need to get started are:

  • Backer rod- this is a roll of round foam used to fill the chamfered space under the chinking. This creates a better air barrier and reduces the amount of chinking you will use.
  • Chinking- usually a five-gallon bucket. Note keep the lid on the bucket as much as possible to prevent the chinking from drying out.
  • A small pallet (a Piece of scrap wood works great) about 12” x 12” to put chinking on. This makes it easier to walk down the wall and allows the lid to stay on the large bucket to keep the chinking from drying out.
  • Masking tape- The cheapest you can buy. You will be using a lot of tape.
  • Paintbrush- 1” or 2”
  • A container of water- something like a large disposable cup or bowl.
  • Clean cloth to wipe down the wall and clean up any oops.
  • Putty knife- I use the cheap plastic ones. They are flexible but not too flexible.
  • If the floors are finished place something on the floors in the event you drop chink. Cardboard or trash bags work well.
  • Trash bag or bucket to put the used tape in. Buckets work best for the tape

So, let’s get started learning how to chink. I will try to keep it simple and make the process clear.

  • The first thing I do is turn on my favorite music or audiobook. Then pick where you want to start. I recommend in a closet or where cabinets will go, this way it will be hidden if you make a mistake.
  • Wipe the wall to clear off any dust.
  • Pack the backer rod in the back of the V-space created by chamfering. Try to get it as tight as possible and be sure none of the backer rod is protruding beyond the edge of the log. It will show through the chink.100_2915
  • Use the masking tape on the flat side (the side facing you) of the chamfered edge of the log. The tape will keep the chinking off the wall where you don’t want it. This part of the process takes some time to perfect. Try to follow the chamfered line closely. It will not be a perfectly straight line which is perfectly fine. The varying chink line adds to the personality of the cabin.
    • Only tape as much wall as you will finish in a couple hours. If you leave the tape on the wall longer than an hour or two the tape will be difficult to remove. You will get very frustrated.100_2912
  • Use the putty knife to take a few big scoops of chinking out of the bucket and put it on your Pallet.100_2913
  • Fill the chamfered space on the wall using the putty knife. Be sure to push the chinking into the V-space. Use the putty knife to scrape excess chinking to make it even with the log wall. Your lines will not be perfectimg_20160902_114348367
  • Wet the paintbrush with water. Use the paintbrush to lightly brush the chinking in one direction. This step will smooth the chinking and make the edges blend.
  • Wait about 5-10 minutes. Do NOT let the chinking dry before you pull the tape. It will be a mess!
  • Pull the tape being careful not to touch the chinking line.
  • If you do damage the fresh chinking use your wet paintbrush or wet your finger and smooth it out.
  • Wipe any runs off the wall.0714161221a_resized

There you have it. Simple, right?

Some important tips to remember are:

  • Don’t let your chinking dry out.
  • Don’t leave the tape on the wall very long.
  • After you apply the chink do not let the chinking dry before you remove the tape.
  • Wipe the runs off the wall as soon as possible.
  • If you don’t finish a complete line taper the chinking down so when you continue the joint will be blended and not visible.

 

LWS

 

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Schutt Log Homes has joined the Tiny House movement

400 square feet Tiny House

400 square feet Tiny House

The Tiny House or Small House Movement is a social movement that is gaining momentum across the country. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works has been interested in this trend for several years. Recently we have become involved with The Tiny House Collective in Kansas City, MO. Our goal in joining with them is to raise awareness and provide materials and support for a tiny house community in Kansas City.

Where the average American home is 2600 square feet, tiny houses are generally under 500 square feet and small houses are under 1000 square feet. These little houses can be built on a foundation or on a trailer. Tiny houses built on a trailer are a maximum of 8’ x 20’which gives up to 120 square feet of living space. Opting for building on a trailer makes the tiny house portable and possible to build without zoning or permit regulations. The main issue with building a tiny or small house on a permanent foundation is city and county zoning requirements. Opting for building on a trailer makes the tiny house portable and possible to build without zoning or permit regulations. It is necessary to be sure to contact all permitting entities before starting the construction of a tiny or small house.

The Tiny and Small House Movement is attractive to many people for a variety of different reasons. Such as:

Some people are attracted to the simple life a tiny home offers, with low maintenance, little room for clutter and overall less time spent on upkeep , a tiny house gives back extra time.

Some people are attracted to tiny houses for environmental reasons. The small size has a small carbon footprint creating much less of an impact on our environment and uses far fewer resources to build, heat and cool. Tiny living can be green living at its best.

The financial considerations of tiny living are huge. The small size of the home make it much less costly to build, heat, cool, maintain, and not to mention the taxes can be far less for a tiny house. Creative and crafty people enjoy finding ways to get the most out of the small spaces by designing loft spaces, built in storage and multi-use furniture. Creativity is a must in a tiny house.

Without a doubt the Tiny House and Small House Movements are getting a lot of attention from communities across the country. These homes are a great option for empty nesters, students getting on their feet financially, vacation homes, guest homes, or people just looking for a simple way of life. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works is proud to be a part of the future of tiny homes and is working on several new plans for tiny and small houses.  We love working with our customers designing homes and we can’t wait to see what plans and ideas our tiny and small house customers will come up with.

400 square feet Tiny House

400 square feet Tiny House

400 sf Oak Log Cabin Kit is Perfect Tiny House

Hunting Cabin

Hunting Cabin

Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works sells this 400 sf Oak log cabin kit which makes the perfect tiny house. This little Log cabin is designed to be a do it yourself project. It can be built on any small lot or is a great tiny get away home in the woods. This little cabin has a small foot print of 16 ‘x ’25 so it doesn’t disturb the environment around it.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

This cabin kit is crafted from Oak logs which are used for the exterior walls and for the interior walls (no need for sheet rock!) These Oak logs are energy efficient, at either 4″ or 6″ thickness they will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This tiny log cabin kit comes with hardwood flooring, hardwood ship lap for the ceilings, a cozy loft and a covered porch.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes sells each of these little kit cabins with a detailed building manual to make it possible for the person with even limited carpentry skills to build one.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Patrick Schutt Owner of Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works is available to answer questions. He can talk most people through any building situation that may arise. With 20+ years of log cabin building experience there is very little he hasn’t come across. Patrick’s love for carpentry and his product shines through when he talks about his product. With the current trend in downsizing, Schutt log homes believes you can go tiny but still have a home that is comfortable and spacious.

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These small Oak log cabin kits also make a great off the grid alternative. They are simple to build, easy to heat, easy to maintain and can be modified to suit any need or want.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

 

 

 

These Oak log cabin kits make it possible for almost anyone to own a log cabin. And who wouldn’t want to live in one of these charming homes. Just imagine a cozy fire in the wood stove, curled up with a good book. Or sitting in your rocking chair on the shaded front porch, feeling a cool summer breeze and listening to the birds.

These small cabins can also be purchased in a 560 sf, 2 bedroom, or a 700 sf, 3 bedroom, if you need a little more room for family.

 

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Each tiny log cabin can be made to be your own little piece of heaven.

 

LWS