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Project by Coxy23 posted 12-24-2015 11:09 PM 2518 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished these up for my granddaughter for Christmas. Of course I had to test them a bit before wrapping them. There are almost 400 pieces…but I discovered I need to make a few more roof slats and some more 1-notch logs. I made a modified version of “Jim Steinbrecher’s jig to mill the logs. “Check out his youtube channel. It was invaluable…thanks Jim. He dadoed his logs one at a time…I made my jig to handle 1×6’s…dadoed them in 3 foot lengths, ripped them to width, routed the 4 corners, and then cut to length. My roof gables have v-notches so as to look like logs stacked on top of one another. They are made from common 3/4 pine and left unfinished.

I have been told by several co-workers that you can buy these at the store…..hmmm…they just don’t get it.

Merry Christmas everyone.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 11:21 PM

Great present for the granddaughter, I remember playing with Lincoln Logs as a Christmas present.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 12-25-2015 12:29 AM

I loved Lincoln Logs as a kid! I just looked online and most stores want like $40 for a basic set. That is so ridiculous. Kuddos sir on making your own set.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#3 posted 12-25-2015 04:15 AM

Building logs are a lot of fun. Looks like the granddaughter has a nice set to play with. They look much better than what you can get in the store.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 12-25-2015 06:20 PM

Great job! Every year at Christmas my sister and I would build a Lincoln Log cabin under the tree – she stopped helping as a teenager, but still a family tradition for me at age 53. Of course the original set of logs barely had enough pieces to finish the one cabin – I would have LOVED 400 pieces to build a whole fort.
I hope you use them to start a new family holiday tradition with your granddaughter. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 12-25-2015 07:45 PM

Nice bunch of parts, been thinking of making some for grand kids, thanks for the additional idea of mass production.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 11:56 PM

This will bring years of enjoyment for kids and adults. Great job.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 12-28-2015 06:24 PM

I did a batch like that for the grand-kids a few years back, about 1999 or 2000. Milled the same way you did it too. I used poplar. We still have them and a new grand-kid to use them too! You can never have too many logs, especially the single-notchers as we call them! The kids all loved them and the younger ones still get them out now and then! They will brings hours and hours and years and years of happiness to the kids AND you!!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 01-03-2016 12:12 AM

Absolutely superb sir…so much time & effort to make it BUT the result is FIRST CLASS…many hours of fun, play & imagination to be enjoyed….well done.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 01-08-2016 12:39 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. They have already brought hours of fun for all of the adults involved…she has 11 living grandparents and great grandparents…along with a couple aunts and uncles….most have already built something with her.

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