Laramee Logs

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Project by nomercadies posted 06-08-2012 11:10 PM 2373 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Larramee (Not Lincoln) Logs

You know, I kind of still like playing blocks. Maybe woodworking is just an extension of how I liked to play with them as a child. I remember the Erector Set too. Combining the Erector Set and Blocks was so much fun and such a journey through the imagination I used to love Lincoln Logs. They have made a semi-comeback. Have you priced a set lately? If you are in your local store, check it out or look on line. (Looking on line for Lincoln Logs seems like … time travel.)

I wondered how to involve my grandson, recently earning the right to show four fingers when you ask him his age, in making some simple toys. Of course he wasn’t going to run the more dangerous machines, but what could he do to help make his own toys? How would he gain a vested interest in his toys instead of seeing them as just another thing his mom makes him pick up at the end of the day?

I started thinking of our own version of logs and blocks. Needing a name, I discussed it with my grandson. I thought Larramee Logs would be nice. It would combine Larry and Jeremy, our two names, in the name of the toys we would make together.

He thought Jeremy Logs would be better. Can you imagine that? Just turning four years old and already angling for top billing? Laramee Logs it was! We need to keep in mind to whom the Alpha Dog title belongs …

In the pictures, you will see the blocks/logs and the equipment used to make them. The brace and bit is where Jeremy comes in. He helps turn the round tenon on the end of the logs. We only have as many logs as he is willing to stay focused on at any given time. This means about four tenons at a time or two logs. That doesn’t matter. He has six of them now and plays with them like crazy.

I use the jig I made to place the holes in the blocks in the same place each time. You can see the way the Forstner bit is positioned for repeated hole drilling. So far the blocks are either three inches square or three by six inches long. The scrap bin is where I find the materials.

We are going to mix up the length of the logs and the sizes of the blocks as time goes, but you can see there is a lot of potential there.

We have our own tool box we keep the Laramee Log tools in.

Maybe we should make a box to keep the blocks in.

The basic round tenon and round mortise is just the thing he needs to add to his young encyclopedia of joinery.

Life is good.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 11:25 PM

Very neat and getting a young woodworker int the act too!Nice….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 07:05 AM

Looks like you’re on to something. He seems to think so, too.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 06-09-2012 03:38 PM

Great effort.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 06-10-2012 01:17 AM

Great way to get him introduced to the shop. He will remember these times with his grandpa forever. My grandpa taught me to use all the hand tools in his shop many years ago and I still have fond memories of our time in his shop over 50 years ago.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 06-16-2012 05:36 PM

What a lucky grandson!

I’ve always involved our grandkids in the workshop around Xmas time, but now that our oldest grandson is 20!!!! (where did the time go?!), he ’has a life, ya know’ ... and so his time in the workshop has come to an end … leaving the other two still happily crafting (for many years to come). Oh well, that’s life … but I think those memories of workshop fun will remain intact for Cody whether he comes back to woodwork projects in later years or not. Looks like you’ll have quite a few years of fun ahead with your grandson!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#6 posted 06-16-2012 09:21 PM

Your a fine example of kindness and generosity of human spirit.I love to see you work with that little boy.My grandson is 3 and a little young yet but in a few years time his mum wants me to teach him all ,just like you’re doing. God bless fathers and grandfathers like you brother. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 06-17-2012 06:03 AM

Thank you folks. I was just working with him today. I am up to eight students in the graduate program for students with special needs that have graduated from high school, want to work (which eliminates quite a few of them) and are sitting home doing nothing. It is very fulfilling, but not as rewarding as working with family.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 11:53 AM

That is a neat project for kids and gets them involved- even if for four pieces at a time!!
Start them woodworkers young!!
Great work with the older kids too. You are a special person.. and real special to them!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-13-2013 03:13 PM

What fine memories you are making

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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