A Guide to Log Corner Profiles

How your logs intersect at the corner is one of the most defining features of your home. Consult this log home corner profile style guide to learn more about popular styles of log home corners.

Saddle-notch Corner A notch on the bottom of the log straddles the top of the log coming from the perpendicular wall. Both logs extend past the corner. This style is favored by many handcrafters.

Dovetail Corner This style is used with square or rectangular logs. The corner is cut in a fan-shaped wedge and interlocks with perpendicular logs.

Butt and Pass Corner One log stops where it meets an intersecting log, and the other log extends past the corner. In most, passing logs have a mortise (cutout) into which the butt log fits for a tight corner.

Corner Post A post is found at each corner into which grooves are cut to hold log ends. Looks similar to post-and-beam construction.