Texas Size Lincoln Logs

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Project by PRGDesigns posted 06-17-2012 05:14 PM 17575 views 28 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did you ever want a full size version of those Lincoln Logs you built with as a kid? This is my interpretation of Jack McKee’s Builder Boards with variations. I used 5/4×6 S4S Western Red Cedar. The 3 different roof options were something my wife came up with. The Basic Flat Roof was designed for the addition of a tarp or a custom sewn top for an interior build. The Flat Roof with Roof Boards was a variation of the Basic using the same Roof Boards as Gable Roof Option. I went through about 60 iterations of the roof design before I decided on this version. The original Builder Boards used velcro to attach the roof boards. I wanted everything to be made out of wood. The susceptible parts were reinforced with SS screws. The wall piece reinforcements were drilled with a 3/8” counterbore and the plugs were cut with a 3/8” Veritas Plug Cutter. The shoulders in the wall boards were cut with a band saw and excised with a chisel. All edges were chamfered. All boards were thickness dimensioned with a drum sander. One word of caution – although this appears to be a child’s play set, it is very addictive to any adults in the vicinity. The gable roof is taller than I had hoped for, but that is what Dad’s are made for.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#1 posted 06-17-2012 05:48 PM

Cool project. Nice work, sure must’ve taken a great deal of planning.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 06-17-2012 06:32 PM

Wow that’s a whole bunch of cuts to make. Cool looking though.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-17-2012 10:49 PM

This is all kinds of great!

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 12:58 AM


I would spend hours playing with them myself and not let the kids touch them! ;-)

Your kids must have went insane when they saw these.

Great job!


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#5 posted 06-18-2012 03:07 AM

That is so cool
what are the over all height for them?

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 12:44 PM

Awesome !! My favorite days were at my grandparents who figured out early that given a set of Lincoln Logs, and a set of plastic Building Blocks I’d be quiet and absorbed for hours. This set would be great to have !! I’m going to have to try it . Thanks for the idea !

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#7 posted 06-18-2012 04:01 PM

Forget the kids – this could occupy me all afternoon!

-- Theron W., Enid, OK

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#8 posted 06-18-2012 04:24 PM

I want one too!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 03:28 PM

I wish I had this when I was a kid! By the way, here is an alternate idea for the roof from the 1953 issue of Mechanix Illustrated:

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#10 posted 06-20-2012 03:27 AM

Thanks to everyone for the supportive comments!

Skylark53 – everything was laid out in AutoCAD 2011 for MAC. Lots of planning, drafting, redrafting and implementation.

Monte Pittman – I made a total of 5 sets – 8,000 saw cuts, 3,000 SS screws, and almost 5,000 scraps, which were recycled through an elementary school for art projects. I would hate to guess how many feet of routing I did, or more accurately, the mileage I covered with a router bit. The routing seemed to take the longest.

bigred18 – approximately 48” for the basic and flat roof height. Approximately 72” for the gable roof.

Paulo in Texas – thanks for the trip down memory lane. I had a couple of suggestions to do the gable roof in a similar manner as shown in the article, but it didn’t work for the flat roof option.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 01:48 AM

Looks like a labor-intensive but really fun project. This is definitely going in my favorites. I can see some adults playing with this instead of doing something productive . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#12 posted 07-31-2012 03:55 AM

Slick idea…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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