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Project by Grumpymike posted 07-28-2014 04:44 PM 1237 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I bought a bundle of warped and twisted 2×2’s at Lowes that were on their sale rack by the back door.
The 8 foot pieces were unusable for most projects, and the price reflected that … But Wait … if you cut them into small pieces they look straight again.
I saw a design like this years ago in Wood magazine, and this is how I remembered it.
The blocks are finished with amber shellac a bit runny, to make them looked old and weathered. I left the small knots because they look like where the cannon balls struck in some long ago battle.
This was a fun time wasting project and I don’t know what I will do with them, I guess that I’ve just always wanted a cool set of blocks. :)
Material is pine and fir, the top ports were cut with a router table and straight bit.
Thanks for looking.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.





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#1 posted 07-28-2014 04:48 PM

Verry impressive building!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 04:57 PM

this one is on the project list, Love it, great job, it’s an excellent project!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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Hawaiilad

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 07:18 PM

Grumpy, I think the kid in you came out once again. I so remember so many years ago a set of blocks my Grandpa made for me and the hours I played with them and the little cars. Now I build them for our Grandkids. I’m sure you will run across someone that will love these as well…thanks for bringing back the memories.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 07:42 PM

Way cool! I’m going to have to make some for step-grandson .

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#5 posted 07-28-2014 08:41 PM

Toy MAKERS still think ””Young!”

NEAT!

-- just rjR

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#6 posted 07-28-2014 11:28 PM

That looks like a really fun project. It reminded me of the set of blocks I used to play with at my great aunts. :)

-- Art

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 01:00 AM

No time wasted there…very creative!

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture

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Grumpymike

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 01:08 AM

Thanks to all of you for your kind remarks … and a special tip of the Grumpy hat to Hawaiilad.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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HillbillyShooter

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#9 posted 07-29-2014 01:20 AM

Cool. Looks like a fun project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 07-29-2014 02:32 AM

Very cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 07-29-2014 03:29 AM

That is a great castle, Mike. I have more of those 2×4’x from Menards if you need more for a second castle or an addition for the king’s mother in law or something like that!!..................jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 07-29-2014 06:10 AM

Nice job , great castle!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 07-29-2014 02:34 PM

How fun, Mike! All the kids will want to play at your house now!

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 07-29-2014 02:36 PM

What a great project mike. This would be a fascinating gift for most any child.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 07-29-2014 09:47 PM

This is the quality of craftsmanship I want to practice! Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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