|Project by Luckybear||posted 05-29-2016 09:10 PM||2532 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
These building blocks contain over TWO. HUNDRED. PIECES.
The building blocks were among the first things I ever made (in the distant past of 2013). They turned out to be so much harder than anticipated. I followed instructions from the book “Making Toys that Teach” by Les Neufeld, who emphasizes that all the blocks need to be square or at right angles, which is really hard when you’re a novice!
Anyway, I used beech, walnut and mahogany (with no thought to my long-suffering dad’s wallet, eek!) and surface treated with olive oil.
I called in dad in a panic when I realized that:
- I was afraid of the table saw.
- I was afraid of the miter saw.
- My plan of sawing by hand was not going to work.
- I didn’t know how to attach the right kind of hole saw bit to the drill.
- I could not physically lift the mahogany.
My dad did come and helped me out, and we ended up having a lot of fun. He patiently taught me how to use vernier calipers and measure accurately , how to find centers, how to sand with the sandpaper on the table so the little pieces would have straight edges and approximately five million other things that I hardly need to think about when woodworking now.
Through the making of these blocks I truly fell in love with woodworking, I think it was an off hand comment of my dad’s about “these blocks being solid enough to last for the great-grandchildren” that really reached me. The idea of making something to bring joy to generations brought a new kind of pride in the work, and I am indeed very proud of the final result. None of the blocks is anything less than perfectly sanded (no saw marks or scratches!) or perfectly angled – you can stack them up as high as you like and if they won’t even wobble.
Of course now the kid abuses the poor blocks. I shudder each time I hear her upend the basket they’re in or use the long sticks as swords!