Our church’s preschool threw out some old building blocks. Naturally I took them because they are wood. I’m gathering ideas in my head about what sort of things I can make with them. They’re not pine, but what are they? Meh, not really important.
I have have all the ribs formed, and glued onto the blocks. Wife’s old curling iron (shhh) makes a fine bending iron. The linings were more difficult than I anticipated. I ended up using a small branch from a goofy tree in my backyard. I think it’s some sort of cultivated form of birch, but it has pendulous branches like a willow. Whatever it is it worked alright. Still not thrilled with the how they came out so might take them out and try again. Practice makes,,,,,wel...
The basic assembly process is simple: Slide a panel’s edge bead into a groove in a post—that’s it. Incidentally, this basic interaction is so intuitive that my 4 yr old took one look at a post and panel and immediately put them together. Within seconds, he had grabbed two more posts and panels and added them to the wall. Tall Walls and TowersHowever, to build a wall that is taller than a single post, there’s a very simple additional trick: Instead of using a tall ...
The Post and Panel System started with the desire to let my son build cool castles out of blocks. But I didn’t like that regular blocks fall down so easily. A little kid is going to have a hard time protecting his castle from barbarians, pets and siblings if the only things he can use are gravity and friction! So, unlike regular old blocks, the posts and panels in this set lock together. In minutes, without any instructions, your kids (or, be honest, you) can create complex and s...
Just another quick entry about another few minutes in the shop that made my daughter prettty happy. It was a rather warm day and someone was bored besides me.. I started to clean up my shop again and began throwing little scrap pieces into a trash bag, I looked at a few and instead set them next to my sander turned it on and wound up with a shoebox full of all kinds of blocks. Now I know soem of here have made blocks and I have pushed around making a set as well, but honestly how could I make...
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