LumberJocks

Giant version of Lincoln Logs

  • Advertise with us
Project by DaleMaley posted 04-30-2016 07:47 PM 880 views 4 times favorited 5 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.

Thanks

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





5 comments so far

View Desert_Woodworker's profile

Desert_Woodworker

385 posts in 680 days


#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…....

-- Desert_Woodworker

View leafherder's profile

leafherder

897 posts in 1417 days


#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.

-- Leafherder

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

115202 posts in 3042 days


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

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View BB1's profile

BB1

487 posts in 313 days


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

Very nice…memories will be made!!

View Julian's profile

Julian

1037 posts in 2156 days


#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.

-- Julian

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com