Unit Building Blocks

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Project by Coxy23 posted 03-06-2015 08:50 PM 2104 views 11 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been looking at Lumberjocks for a while but just decided to join and post some pictures.

I think every child should have a set of blocks…and who better to build them than grampa?

These are solid cherry (off fall from building raised panel interior doors), except the round columns…they are simple poplar dowel.
They are truly “unit” blocks…a single unit block is 1 3/8 X 2 3/4 X 5 1/2 (1:2:4 ratio). There are then half units, double units, bridges, various triangles, columns, and pillars…78 pieces in all and all using the standard dimensions.

All blocks were routed on all edges with 1/4 round over bit, sanded with a random orbital sander and then by hand as needed to remove any scratches or anything resembling a sharp point. The finish is completely safe…beeswax melted into mineral oil (1:4 ratio) and then rubbed in by hand and buffed.

The storage wagon is 3/4 mdf with cherry corners and top edges…all surfaces received the same treatment as the blocks. The wagon sits on four swivel casters recessed into the false bottom so as not to show. The simple rope pull makes for easy transportation.

Honestly, I have more time in them than I would like to admit, but I hope 18 month old Ellie likes them.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 03-06-2015 10:01 PM

That’s a beautiful job. Truly a work of love.
I need to make a set for my Grand daughter. Thank you for posting how you finished your blocks, I was wondering how to finish them.

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#2 posted 03-06-2015 10:02 PM

Very nice! I’m betting that Ellie will be watching her own children play with them someday.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 07:19 PM

Great idea, I agree, every child should play with blocks (they don’t use up batteries either).

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 04-24-2015 07:51 PM

Beautiful job! My son is going to be needing some blocks soon and I have been looking for plans for a set that I like. Yours will do nicely. Could you please post the dimensions of the storage wagon?

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#5 posted 01-16-2018 02:40 AM

Those are awesome.

How did you cut the arches?

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