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The Magic Box

The Logman Corner:

Time to get going. Ever wondered how to put a square end on a round log or level off that stump with roots? We are going to take a look in this video at how to do that using a “Magic Box” . The premise is that you need a 4 sided box with no top or bottom. This square shape can be any size that you require the only limitation is that it needs to have one flat surface and be held rigid so that it does not flex, (plywood on the corner should do this for you nicely).

The next stage is to cut the end of the log so that you have a clean surface to draw lines on. Find the center and draw a line both vertically and horizontally and then connect the lines. You require a center line on your Magic Box which you now line up with your center line on the log. The log should be leveled using the center line on the log and you can use a level to level the magic box. This will make the box square to the log in one axis and by lining the line (there are a lot of “lines”) on the top of the log to the one on the Magic Box this will square it on the other axis.

I hope you find this useful, feel free to comment and give feed back. :)

 

My Appologize

Log Builders Appology

My apologize to those of you who signed up a while ago and have never got a post. I finally have time to focus on the “The Log Builders Workshop” and so I am making a commitment to put up a new post and video at least once every other week and as time allows work towards adding a new one each week.

I will start this off with a video on how to use a Magic Box  for building your log furniture and cutting the ends of logs straight, followed by other videos like how to build your own “Log Picnic Table”. We will take a look at which tools to use for which jobs and how to use these tools.

If you are interested in seeing some of the creative stair work that we have done, then I would recommend checking out our main business BC Log Stair and Rail Inc. At this site you will get the idea of just how far you can take building with logs.

My intention is to build this site into a useful resource for you and others that may follow with a  log building passion in the future. I would very much appreciate your constructive feed back to help me improve this site and also if you have a topic that you would like to know more about or a project that you think would be interesting to look at please let me know.

One of the last things that I would like to put out there this week is the idea of a forum, so that we can discuss ideas for project, tips, tricks and the like.  If this sounds like something that might be of interest let me know and I will make it happen.

Thanks for you time and patients,

Play Safe, My friends.

David.

P.S.  If you find technical issues in this site please let me know as I’m sure we have not worked out all the bugs yet, this would be of great help. Thanks!

How to Build a Log Coffee Table Part 2 of 2

 

In Part 2 of  “How to Build a Log Coffee Table” we are going to take a look at how to cut the legs on the coffee table, drill the holes and the Drill bits that we use to do that. We will take a look at how to peel the ends of the logs so that they fit into the coffee table top. Also we will look at leveling the feet and some general layout of the project. Again we will need our ink line or a chalk line to do this. Read more

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