- Step 1: Put log on sawmill Roll the log up the ramp on to the bed of the portable sawmill. Lock the log in place so it is secure.
- TIP: Cut the logs when they are wet. Dampness will make them easier to cut.
- Step 2: Cut the top Elevate the log so that it is in position with the saw. Cut a length from the top.
- Step 3: Form beam Rotate the log a quarter-turn, lock it into place, and cut off a section at your desired thickness. Rotate and cut the log on the two remaining sides until you end up with a rectangular beam.
- Step 4: Cut to the pith Raise the bed to cut the boards to the desired thickness and continue cutting off boards until you reach the pith, or heart, of the log.
- Step 5: Cut the remaining boards Flip the beam to the opposite side and cut the remaining boards.
- Step 6: Dry Let the boards dry before using them. Brush latex paint on the ends of the boards so the ends don't dry faster than the middle, which causes cracks.
- FACT: Lincoln Logs were invented in 1916 by John Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
You Will Need
- A tree log
- A ramp
- A portable sawmill