|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 10-23-2016 12:05 PM||929 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Some time ago I was given a box of wood building blocks [link] from the preschool at our church. They’ve pretty much been sitting in a cardboard box on the floor, in my way, near my table saw. Recently I’ve been playing with making things out of them. This project is one such experiment.
The blocks seem to be made of maple. I base that on how the edges burn when I rn them through my saw and the look of them when finished.
What I did to make these was to cut off the two ends and one side, sort of like a bandsaw box. Then I hollowed out a cavity, hogging out the majority of the material with a forstner bit on the drill press. I cleaned things p running the piece over the blade of the table saw. Then I glued the ends and face back on the block.
When that was dry, I lowered the blade and ran the glued on face over the blade to create a slot through which the sound could escape. I did this in both blocks.
In one black though, I created a series of notches along the corners of the back. Each line has a different spacing of notches. This makes the block usable as a sort of guiro as well. To finish things off, I drilled a small hole through one end so that a strap can be added if desired.
The blocks were finished with danish oil.
I gave these to my wife to use in class and she likes them. Another success.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!