|Project by DaleMaley||posted 04-30-2016 07:47 PM||1027 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
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, http://dalemaley.webs.com/