Building blocks for my son made out of scraps

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Project by cgm_md posted 08-04-2014 06:24 PM 2246 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father-in-law offered me a ton of scraps of various species. As my wife and I just had our first son, I thought a set of building blocks was in order. Nothing fancy on these, but I still had fun making them (until it came time to sand all of them). The box is made of poplar (leftover from building his crib), and the blocks are a variety of oak, ash, maple, and poplar. The box is finished with a few thin coats of lacquer, and I left the blocks unfinished. Thanks for looking

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Steve Kreins

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 08:29 PM

This is just too cool! Even if you are a Big O fan.

Go Baylor. ;)

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 08:48 PM

Great gift for your son and a good use of scrap lumber.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 09:04 PM

Kids love blocks. Good idea. He’ll be throwing them all over the house before you know it. :)

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 09:49 PM

I remember all the fun I had with a set of these that my folks gave over 60+ years ago, but mine came in a cardboard box – I feel slighted now. (-:

You need to put your son’s name on that box and maybe a date, it just might become a family heirloom.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 11:29 PM

Great job! What a blessed little one to have blocks made by daddy with love. And you have an in now into teaching him about woodworking. Already he has his first hardwood wood samples!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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Kyle Hooks

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#6 posted 08-05-2014 03:25 AM

Wow! Very nice. I’ve been thinking of doing a project like this. I’ll be looking back at this project for ideas when the time comes.

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#7 posted 08-05-2014 12:27 PM

The BEST toy you can ever give a kid!!!

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#8 posted 08-05-2014 01:24 PM

I built 2 sets 2 years ago for my boys and nieces. Used 2X from the big blue box store. Lots of planing, routing, cutting and BLO. Took almost 40 hours over 3 weeks to finish all of the blocks. Glad I did it, once.

-- Chris K

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#9 posted 08-05-2014 02:02 PM

Your son will love those and the box is just right for them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#10 posted 08-05-2014 02:14 PM

He is going to love them for many years. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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