Giant version of Lincoln Logs

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Project by DaleMaley posted 04-30-2016 07:47 PM 2541 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In a 2010 edition of Woodsmith magazine, they had a plan to build Linkin-Logs, or a giant version of Lincoln logs. This looked like a fun project to build something for the grandchildren to play with. You can still buy the plans for this giant version here.

I built 6 different fences for the table saw to make the logs. I also had to build a special fence for the router table to put the 1” radius on the sides of the logs.

I followed the plans and used poplar for the logs. Because each log is 1.25×1.50, I had to glue up 2 standard 3/4” thick poplar boards. I planed them to 1.25” and then sawed them to 1.5” thicknesses. This way, there is no glue joint showing in the front of the logs.

I used brown, yellow, green, and red water based dyes to get the colors. The source for the dyes is on my woodworking site.

Because it has been 50 years since I played with Lincoln Logs, I bought the 100th anniversary set from Amazon here.

Turns out that Lincoln logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son back in 1916. He accompanied his father to Japan, and he saw his father use a cross-notch design on the basement of a project he was doing, and got the idea to make it into a kid’s toy. They were made overseas, and parts were made from plastic, but a couple years ago they in-sourced the production to the US, and all the parts are back to being wood now.

It is tough to “keep your mind on task” doing all the repetitive operations to make the logs. There are about 300 pieces in the giant set. (48 of the 4-notch, 48 of the 3-notch, 48 of the 2-notch, and 120 of the 1-notch, plus gables, roof slats, chimneys, doors, and windows)

For contrast, I photographed the new 100th anniversary (very small) version against my giant version above.

The grandkids should have a ball with this giant set.

To see my trials & tribulations of building this giant set (and there were several), see my woodworking web site here.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 05-01-2016 03:24 AM

Many memories with the “logs” .. and after building a project it would fall down (age 7) now I build houses, and they don’t fall down. Thank you Lincoln Logs…....

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#2 posted 05-01-2016 01:43 PM

Great job – Hopefully the grandchildren will get decades of fun out of these. Even after 40 years I still dig mine out once a year to build a log cabin centerpiece for the Christmas dinner table. Thanks for sharing and for bringing back happy memories.

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#3 posted 05-01-2016 01:49 PM

Sounds like it was a lot of work but a fun project.Nice work Dale.

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#4 posted 05-01-2016 02:49 PM

Very nice…memories will be made!!

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#5 posted 05-02-2016 03:08 PM

Your Log house is much better than the store bought. I’m sure your grand kids will enjoy playing with this for hours.

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#6 posted 12-08-2018 07:13 PM

My grandson Caleb got to play with this huge set today. He had a ball playing with it !!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#7 posted 12-08-2018 07:17 PM

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#8 posted 12-08-2018 07:44 PM

Great post- Just to add- recently I found out that they were invented by the second son of Frank Lloyd Wright

-- Desert_Woodworker

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