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<ul><li><p>1 </p><p>by</p><p>HowToMakeLincolnLogs</p><p>LincolnLogswereinventedbyJohnLloydWrightin1916.Justimagine:Youhavecreatedaproductthathasbecomeasensation,aproductthatwillstillbewidelyrecognizableacenturylater......andyetyouraccomplishmentisstillovershadowedbyyourfather,whoisoneofthemostprominentfiguresofarchitectureinworldhistory!BeingthatIamthetypetoappreciatedesignonascalebothlargeandsmall,IamgoingtopayhomagetothesonofFrankLloydWrightwiththistutorial.IhavebeentoFallingWater,andwhileIdofinditimpressive,IpreferplayingwithLincolnlogs.</p></li><li><p>2 Let'sstartwiththeequipmentyouwillneed:</p><p> MiterSaw TableSaw RouterTable</p><p>Obviously,therearetonsofdifferentwaysyoucangoaboutthis,butIwillbeusingamethodthatusesaRouterTableforasmuchaspossible.Youwillneedtworouterbitsforthis:</p><p> 3/4"Straightbit 3/8"RoundOverbit(withbearing)</p></li><li><p> 3 Thematerialsthatyouwillneedareverysimple,andtheycanbeacquiredforaround$13(enoughforonebatch): Onewhitepine1x6x8footer(3/4"x51/2"x8')Boxstorescarry#2inabigpile,soyoucangetaboardlikethisforaround$7.ThatiswhatIusedforthistutorial.Onebatchoflogsfroman8'boardwillyield224singles,ideally.Thatcouldalsobeeither112doublesor56quadruples.Iwilldiscussappropriatecombinationslater,butthisamountisprobablythreetimeslargerthananysetyoucouldpurchase,anditwouldretailforbig$$$.</p><p>Thisiswhatwearemaking. </p></li><li><p> 4 OnequartofMinwaxRedMahogany#225Thebigoneisn'tneeded,butitiscosteffective,andit'snicetodiplogsinto.Youmaychooseanotherstaintype,butIrecommendthis,notonlyforitsnicecolor,butaftertwoweeksthelogshaveaverypleasantandmildodor.Becareful;anotherstainmaygivewhoeverplayswiththeseaheadache,soitisworthanother$6togetthisbrand.Onequartwillstainmorelogsthanyouwillevercaretomake,Ipromise.</p><p>Thisiswhatwearemaking.</p></li><li><p> 5 Let'sstartbyroughcutting8blocksto11"long.Afterroughcutting,squareeachpiecebycuttingoffanother1/8".Thisisimportant,becauselaterwewillbecrossrouting,anditisveryhelpfultobesquare.</p></li><li><p> 6 Youwillnoticethatthelogshaveanadditional3/8"stickingovereachendnotch.Imakethisendcapslightlyheavierthan3/8"long,justforappearance.Butthiswillcomplicatethemeasurementsabit,soshouldyoualsodecidetodothis,youcanfigureoutthemathforyourself. *Forthistutorial,wewilltreatalloverlapmeasurementsas3/8".Ifyouhavedecidedtostaywiththesimplemeasurements,thenyoushouldnowmeasurefromyoursquaredendandcuteachblockto101/2",makingsurethatbothendsaresquare.</p></li><li><p> 7 Nowwerout.The3/4"straightrouterbitshouldstick(up)outofthetable3/16",assumingthatyouhave3/4"material.Theroutshouldbeginat3/8"fromthefence.Youcanroutbothsidesofeachend,onlyonepass.</p></li><li><p> 8 Whilerouting,don'tworryaboutthefuzzorthesplintering,butgoslowthroughtheendtolimitthem.Afteryouhavethefirstonecomplete,checktomakesurethatthemeasurementsareinorder.Theroutsareallon3"centers,soyoushouldhave81/4"inbetweenatthispoint.Iwasprecise,honestthepic(backonpage6)isjustmisleading.Afteryouhavedoneall8blocks,4timeseach,sandoffthefuzzwithsome100grit,preferablywithasandingblock.Aftersanding,makeonemorepasswiththerouteroneachone.Thisfinalpasswillensureconsistency,andmakeanicesmoothseatrout.Luckily,thatisprettymuchallofthesandingthatthisprojectrequires.</p></li><li><p> 9 Beforewecontinue,IwouldliketonotethattheroutdepthisaslightmodificationthatI'vemadetothelogs.Thelogsthatyouwouldbuyhaveadeeperrout,sotheywillrestontherowdirectlyunderneaththem:Thisstackingarrangementprohibitsalogfromdistributingitsweightloadoninterlockinglogs,sothewallswillfeelwobbly.</p><p>Ihavefoundthattheshallowerroutimprovestheoverallsturdinesswhenbuilding.</p></li><li><p> 10 Aperfectlogmighthaveabouta1/32"gapbetweenitandthelogunderneathoraboveit,ensuringthattheperpendicularinterlockinglogsthattouchitcarrytheloaddownthecorners,insteadofdownthewalls.Ishouldmentionthatthismodificationdoesaddnoticeablytotheheightofastructureafterafewlayers,soitisworthconsideringifthesearegoingtobemixedwithstoreboughtlogsornot.</p><p>Ok,that'senoughphysics...backtorouting!</p></li><li><p> 11 Nowwearegoingtomakethetwocenterseatrouts.Thefencehasbeenmovedto33/8"towheretheroutbegins.Onthefirstone,Iwentinaboutaninchoneachone,justtomakesuretheywereallcenteredcorrectly.Remember:Theseroutsareon3"centers,soyoushouldhave21/4"inbetween.Sameasbeforewemakeonepassonall4,sandthefuzz,thenmakethefinalpass.Easy! Nowtothetablesaw.</p></li><li><p> 12 Sandoffanyfuzzofffromthenicersidetorunagainstthefence.Setitto11/16".Trytobeexact,butbettertobeslightlyheavyifanything.Thissizeallows1/16"ofplaywhenalogislockedintothe3/4"seat.Cuttingiseasyuntilthelasttwo.Apushblockisnicehere.Don'tbeafraidtogoinhalfway,stopthetablesaw,andflipthepiecearoundtocontinue.Thekerfmarkswillbebarelyvisible,andcarpentersliketheirfingers.Ifyourmaterialis51/2",youshouldbeabletoget7logsfromeachblockwithathinkerfblade.Iusea24tooth,71/4"FreudDiabloinmy10inchtablesaw.Itislaserthin,razorsharp,anddirtcheap($10atHomeDepot).</p></li><li><p> 13 Backtotherouter:Ifeverythingwentalright,youhave56biglogswithoutbloodonthem.Nowweusea3/8"roundoverbitwithabearingandafence,allsetinlinewithastraightedge.Theheightadjustmentisbestlefttocommonsense,tryingtomaketheradiusbeginatthebottomoftheseatnotch.Thisshouldgiveyoutwodistinctlinesdownthelog,givingitaniceappearanceandslightlydiscouragingthelogfromrolling.Feedeachlogthroughwiththeseatnotchesfacingupanddown,asrunningthemthroughsidewayswillhaveadifferenteffectontherout.4timesoneachofthe56logsis224routs!Gettowork.</p></li><li><p> 14 Thisiswhatyoushouldhave.Andnowwewillgobacktothetablesaw,forthemostdangerousanddifficultpart.</p></li><li><p>15 </p><p>Thisisratheradvancedtablesawing,soifyouaren'tcomfortablewithit,youcanuseabandsaw,orjustskipthisstep.Ipersonallydon'tthinkit'sthatbad,butyouneedtotakeatablesawseriously.Icutthroughoverhalfway,turnoffthesaw,flipthepiece,andfinishit.Killthepoweratthelastinchsothebladestopsjustasitfinishes,soitdoesn'tpullthecutoffintothebladecavity.Ifyougoslowandthink,youwillbejustfine.UPDATE:Azeroclearanceinsertishighly,highlyrecommendedhere.Athinkerfblade(likeImentionedearlier)isalsoveryimportanthere.Thesehalfpiecesareveryhandyforbasesandtheyalsodoubleasroofing/flooring.Imakelotsofthem.Foronebatch,youshouldcutaround7logsinhalf.</p></li><li><p> 16 Finally,wecometothelastpartoftheconstruction:thelengthcutting.Ifyoufinda3/4"scraptolockthelogstogether,itwillenableyoutocut6logssimultaneously.Pressa3/8"brassbaragainstyourlockingedgetotraceacutline,andthenmakethecutsbyusingeitheramitersaworatablesawsled.Don'ttrytocut4singlesoutofoneofyourblanks,it'snotworthit!Instead,get2singlesandadoubleoutofablank.Usesomeheadscratching,soyougetwhatyouwant.Leavesomeasquadruples,becauseeventhoughIdon'tthinktheysellthose,theyreallyopenuplotsofbuildingoptions.Also,donotunderestimatehowmanysinglesordoublesyouuse.</p></li><li><p> 17 Themostusefulratioisreallydependentuponwhatyoubuild,soitisprettyhardtosuggestanidealrecipe.Youwillprobablyjustendupmakingmore,likeme.ThisistheratioofsizesIrecommend:58Singles25Doubles16Triples12Quadruples*****6Doublehalves4Triplehalves(leaves4singlehalves)4QuadruplehalvesNote:Thisratiowilltotallyvaryonwhatyoudecide,knotsinwood,damagedpieces,etc.It'sjustaquickreference.</p></li><li><p> 18 That'sit!Allyouhavetodonowisstain.Sorry,butthat'stheworstpart.Ittakesquiteawhile.Dip'em,wipeofftheexcess,anddroptheminabucket...andthenresisttheurgetoplaywiththemforafewdays.NowfindaGuineapig!Ifyoucan'tlocateone,childrenalsoenjoythese.</p><p>***** Thank you for reading this! </p><p>And special thanks to I BUILD IT.CA for hosting this page. by 2016 </p></li></ul>

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