This isn't really a direct answer to your question, but I wanted to suggest using Apache's log4j logger instead of the Java logging (I've used the Java logging a couple of times, but nothing too detailed). It's pretty much the standard for Java logging (you'll see a lot of similarities to the Java logging mostly because the Java logging is built on the same concepts of log4j).
More importantly, you'll find all sorts of help on the web for log4j since so many people use it. I hope this is of some help, but feel free to follow up with more questions.
Joined: Aug 19, 2007
Thanks for your advice - I'll give the Apache logger a go and see how I get on!