"frontier logs"

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Project by herbr posted 09-18-2007 07:34 PM 2310 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good project idea for grandsons. I made these sets as Christmas gifts for my grandsons. The idea and pattern came from “Woodworking Projects” by the staff of Workbench magazine (p 130) The box container was made from 1x pine with the corners rabbited 3/8, the bottom cut with a dado to fit the 3/8 plywoood and the top cut with a 1/2 dado to create the slidding top. The lettering for the name was transferec from my Word program

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#1 posted 09-18-2007 08:31 PM

this is wonderful! and their names on the boxes—lovely.
Yes indeed… the great-great-great-great-grandchildren will be treasuring their family heirlooms!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 09-19-2007 02:03 AM

I’ve got my eye on a similar project from the ‘weekend woodworker’. The plank vs. log seems to work just as well. Nice project!

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#3 posted 09-19-2007 03:04 AM

I used to have a set of “Lincoln Logs” when I was a child. I loved them, and they got a lot of use. They looked just like these.

I’m sure these will get a lot of use too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 09-19-2007 04:21 AM

Great gifts for the future home builders.

A great way to start.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-19-2007 08:15 PM

What a cute project, Herb. I was planning to do something like this myself. I just built my son a castle so I’ll let him play with that for a little while.

What was your workflow? Did you route the grooves and then rip the “logs” out of variously wide boards?

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#6 posted 09-19-2007 09:39 PM

In answer to duckarrowtypes- I started with a piece of 1×12x8 pine. I cut three pieces 12 inches, 3 pieces 9 inches, 3 pieces 6 inches, and 3 pieces 1&3/4 inches. Then I cut the grooves with a dado blade on myy table saw and then ripped the pieces into 3/4 inch logs. The grovves were started 1/2 inch from the ends of the pieces. The roof pieces were ripped 1/8 inches thick x 3/4 inches by 12 inches long and 9 inches long. The roof support pieces were cut with my scrollsaw

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#7 posted 09-19-2007 10:26 PM

Nice work herbr
I kind of reminds me of birdhouses .

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#8 posted 09-25-2007 07:39 AM

That’s a great project!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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