American Logs

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Project by sgmdwk posted 11-25-2015 12:27 AM 1074 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a big set of building logs for my grandkids, and a hinged chest to hold all of them. I ripped common pine boards into 3/4 X 3/4 logs, used a jig designed by Jim Steinbrecher to cut the notches, then used my router table to champfer the edges. The chest was glued up from longer “logs” Turned out pretty well. I hope the kids will get years of enjoyment from them.

-- Dave K.

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 02:05 AM

Looks to me like some “Big Kid” had fun playing with them… . Great build and I’m sure they will be played with for years to come

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 02:15 AM

Reminds me of my Lincoln Logs as a kid.

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 02:26 AM

Reminds me of my Lincoln Logs as a kid.

- DocSavage45

Same but my Grandfather did not make them for me. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 02:38 AM

Loved them as a child.
Made a log cabin with my son for a school project many years ago was a lot a fun.
Your have turned out really nice and love the case for them.

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#5 posted 11-25-2015 05:32 AM

nice work. building a nice big set is on my wish list.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 11-25-2015 12:24 PM

Really nice….I want a set for myself

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#7 posted 11-25-2015 02:27 PM

I am into building toys etc. for grand kids. Would like to try to build some but I do not understand the jig. It make take a few days of thinking. Retired so have the time.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 11-25-2015 02:59 PM

Brian, look up Jim Steinbrecher on YouTube and watch his video series on making American Logs.. The jig rides in the miter track of my table saw. Using a stacked dado set the jig evenly spaces dados on the logs, the, using a cross cut blade, it trims the ends to uniform length.

-- Dave K.

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#9 posted 11-25-2015 08:18 PM

Thanks, watched part 1 and have it figured out, that kept my brain from overheating. At my son’s place so can watch more utube videos, At home I only have cell phone hotspot.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 11-26-2015 06:26 PM

This toys couldn’t be more fun for kids. I remember only wooden toys I had as a kid.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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