How to make toy wood logs like Lincon logs

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Forum topic by David Hacke posted 03-02-2012 07:51 AM 2681 views 2 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Hacke

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03-02-2012 07:51 AM

Well here goes my first try at instructions
To make toy building logs You can start with logs that are 1-1/2”, 4-1/2” 7-1/2” long I use pine to make mine 1×6” (3/4”) thick seams to work the best for me and is cheap.

I make all dado slightly over 3/4” wide and 3/16” deep
Make the first dado 3/8” away from then end
If manking single notched logs start making dado’s spaced every 7/8” appart down a peice of wood cross grane on both faces after done you with all the processes you will cut them 1-1/2” long.

to make double notch logs cut boards to 4-1/2” long and dado each end 3/8” from the end on both faces.

to make tripple knotch logs dado both ends as on 4-1/2” long then also dado the exact center of the board on both faces.

now sets table saw to 3/4” width and rip 3/4” X 3/4” strips with the grain thses are now your logs just not round ones yet.

set up a router in router table with 3/8” round over bit and fince set up flush to front side of bearing now round off all 4 sides of logs

if you want to make longer logs add 3” to length of board for each additional notch.
rips some logs to where one side had no notchs for starter course

Just ask if you have any questions

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 09:14 AM

Looks like a great project for using up scraps.

-- Rick M,

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 07:08 PM

I thought about making some years ago when my kids were little, to add to the kit they got for Christmas.

Then I found that there are lots of them listed on e-bay…..

fun to see someone else had a go at it.

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David Hacke

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 06:51 AM

If you get them off E-bay you dont get to use up your shop scraps up to make a real cool play set for your grandids and real lincon logs dont have knots in them like home made one that look more real.

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 02:20 AM

Very cool! I did the same last year, and wrote it up into a full set of plans in book form.

Frontier Logs Play Set Plans

They are a great way to use up scraps.


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