Lincoln Logs

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Project by SPalm posted 10-15-2014 09:12 PM 2805 views 27 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two large sets of Lincoln Logs for some of the older grandchildren. Our kids (their parents) were here this weekend. I showed the logs to the parents and asked if a gift would be OK. I was informed in no uncertain terms that Yes, they would love them. So I guess I will wrap them up for the Holiday. One set is shown in picture #1 and the other is in the box in picture #2.

I used the technique of making a 4 groove log using pine 1×6 boards. These were then cut and shaped to make all the logs. I also made roof gables and roofing boards. There were quite a few steps involved so I used indexing stop blocks and such to make it more safe and repeatable.

I created a blog post which shows more pictures of how I did it.

Thanks for looking,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 09:14 PM

Nice job Steve.
Classics like that are always a favorite.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 09:21 PM

Beautiful work on these Steve. Your grandchildren are sure to love them. Your project reminds of how much fun it was to make toys for my Grandkids. They are all pretty much grown up now so those days are long past.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 10:10 PM

Better than a video game!!!!!!
Great looking work.

Your a hero in these kids eyes for sure!!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 10:20 PM

Way to go, Steve! they will love them and you can custom make all kinds of thingg to go with the sets for next year’s gifts!!!!!!!!!!!!!................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-15-2014 10:54 PM

Simply AWESOME Steve!

I LOVED playing with these sets as a kid – I can remember the cardboard tube they came in even!

Great pre-thinking and execution to get these accurate as well!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 10-15-2014 11:00 PM

Wow! Those are awesome, Steve. I have to go tell my daughter to get working on some grandchildren before I get to old to make some of these. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-15-2014 11:40 PM

Steve…..always look forward to your new posts….that is the coolest gift for the grandkids for sure…..of course your precision shows, great work my friend…..

It did occur to me, that your grandkids will be the only ones on the block (or possibly the county) with Lincoln Logs…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 10-15-2014 11:40 PM

This is hard to believe.
You ask the kids what you can give the grandkids??
Nice build.
They will be able to keep thier IPad’s, Kindle’s and video games in the cabins….................

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 10-15-2014 11:48 PM

Hey Mike, I hear ya. But I think you misunderstood.

The oldest grandkids are 3 and 4 and they each have a younger sibling. So the question was for safety sake. Lincoln logs are not for the very young. We are the kind of people to not let kids go crazy with electronics.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 10-16-2014 12:04 AM

Can I come over to your house and play?
You got cool stuff!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#11 posted 10-16-2014 12:40 AM

Another job Well Done! Steve and your blog is Great too.
Your Grandkids will get a head start in engineering with them.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#12 posted 10-16-2014 12:52 AM

I remember mine were in a round “cardboard can”. the roof pieces were green and the chimneys were red. I think I wore them out building houses..
Looks like someone was to the shore, too!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 10-16-2014 01:35 AM

steve, as always your projects are amazing. reminded me of when i was a kid and had a set of lincoln logs. i loved them. will have to watch the tutorial. thanks for posting.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#14 posted 10-16-2014 02:40 AM

That’cool Steve
May have to check with the boy’s and see if that would be interesting to them .
May have to try and make a couple sets just to give away at Christmas .
Thanks for the excellent tutorial, well done !


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 10-16-2014 02:59 AM

Nice work. Kids can never have too many Lincoln logs ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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