Builder Boards by Jack McGee, Playground DIY

The ‘Builder Boards’ from inventor Jack McGee are like Lincoln Logs for the backyard, and you can purchase them in fully and partially finished states from his website, or get the plans to make your own from his $13 how-to book (added to the sidebar Reading List).  OR construct the vintage models straight from this 1953 Modern Mechanix article.

Don’t miss Jack’s other inventive DIY projects on his website, including a magnetic marble run, fun house mirror, and a busy box for special needs children.

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  5. CNC DIY said:

    There is a similar version of this called “Linker Logs” that is open source (aka plans are free!) that you can “print” from a CNC router. I am currently cutting one 4’x8′ sheet from the official Linker Logs page:

    and I’m finishing the plans for two more sheets using files from

    These look like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to let my girls try them!

    January 26, 2015 at 9:56 pm

  6. Mary Garcia said:

    This was great! I am a Daycare provider, And
    am always looking for Ideas for children to use their minds. Praise God he led me to your site!

    July 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

  7. Caroline said:

    WOW! Thanks so much for this post… We have 6 children thus far (11, 8, 6, 3 and 1 yr old twins)… We have been trying to figure out for YEARS how we could make our children an outdoor version of 'lincoln logs or legos'… They try constantly to build with 1 x 1s or 4 x 4s plus other pieces of scrapbook from 'daddy's workshop'… We worry about it falling in on them and it just doesn't stay together… We have been searching for something that would be durable, flexible (multi designs) yet lightweight… I can't wait to make a set of these… The children are going to have a ball… Thank you again… We have truly enjoyed your blog… We are currently designing our own playground and looking for 'vintage' photos because we don't want another cookie cutter, factory made, primary colored, pre-packed, inferior material/parts, over priced junk from a box store play area in our yard…

    July 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  8. Plays Dirty said:

    My neighbor made something like this for his children and they love, love, love it.

    July 30, 2011 at 1:25 am

  9. cyngen said:

    There's a great old book from 1975 called Handcrafted Playgrounds: Designs You Can Build Yourself by M. Paul Friedberg. I bought a used copy on Amazon. It has fantastic step-by-step instructions. Classic!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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