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Project by A.Scott posted 11-25-2013 04:02 AM 3818 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I just introduced my 5 year old son to Lincoln Logs that my father and I used to play with. But I really didn’t have that many for him to build with, so off I went to my shop where I began to build a jig and then cut out around 50 logs or so. I only cut out the spaces on the end of the logs because that is how my father’s Lincoln logs were, plus my t.s. doesn’t have a long enough arbor to hold a dado set. But now my son has stated he would like build windows so I am look to get a wobble blade to allow me to make these a little quicker.

Thanks for looking and if you have any ideas that may help me widen my cut, please post or message me.

Oh, if you are wondering I have only cut the longer boards (10 1/2”), I am planning on cutting him a slew of the other type of boards.

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 05:08 AM

A couple of ideas for you. Shopsmith had an article back in 2001 giving instructions and layout for cutting logs:

Also, there have been a couple of threads here:

Hope that helps.

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 10:30 AM

These look great A.S.! Nice way to intro woodworking to the little guy.
Thanks for the additional links ddockstader!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 12:38 PM

YES! Lincoln Logs, something you can make in the shop. Not like Lego’s where a pound costs $25 and 100 pieces hardly fits in your hand. So much more economical.And a great imagination building toy. BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED.

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 01:03 PM

ddockstader, thanks for the links. It look alot easier to cut all of the slots first then rip the boards into strips. Sometime you got to wonder, why I didn’t think of that. Thanks again!!

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 01:04 PM

CFrye and mtenerprises, thanks for the comments!

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 01:38 PM

Now we’re talkin…..back when toys were toys you build.

This is how it all started. Many fond memories making houses in the sand pit with underground carports, cardboard roofs, hot wheels cars, and a GI Joe in a tank to blow it all up! .....Ha!

Ah,.....the good ol’ days. nice job Mr. Scott.

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 02:32 PM

Great project! Takes me back to when I w as a kid and played with my father’s Lincoln logs. I’ve always felt they are a great teaching aid for imagination and development of special relationship skills.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 03:02 PM

I’ve made well over a thousand so far, enough to build 6 feet tall towers etc. I use a router to do the notches, I use a wide board to start with, then a table saw to rip apart and cut to length. Lastly I run a very slight round-over bit on all long edges. I use poplar. All the kids love ‘em! (And the adults too in many cases!)

-- Dennis, WV

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#9 posted 11-26-2013 03:32 AM

cool idea

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#10 posted 11-26-2013 04:10 AM

My Grandad did the same thing for me when I was a wee tyke.

Easy 4 years of enjoyment.

Wonder where they got to now!!


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#11 posted 11-26-2013 07:25 AM

Love these, I made a small set once but screwed up the spacing and it was hard to use! Should have cut the dadoes first before cutting down to size!

These look good and I think the are loads of fun coming from these!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#12 posted 11-26-2013 11:51 AM

I love them, getting kids to be creative is great any way we do it. Think “out of the box” and let things take a natural course. Great job dad.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 12-13-2013 03:26 PM

Aaron, did you receive the dado blade and manual? Please let me know. Karl

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#14 posted 12-15-2013 07:52 PM

Yes, it was in great condition and will be a lot of help in getting more of these turned out! I appreciate you passing this along to me. May God bless you and your family in this Christmas Season!!

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