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Two tone block experiments a success!

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 10-23-2016 12:05 PM 832 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





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#1 posted 10-23-2016 01:54 PM

Neat use of those blocks, Dave. Along with your chinglers, we have a band!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 10-23-2016 04:22 PM

In the future, I’m going to attempt making a xylophone with the longer blocks. We’ll see.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 10-23-2016 11:14 PM

Always creating! Nicely done, Dave.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 10-23-2016 11:34 PM



Always creating! Nicely done, Dave.

- CFrye

Shoestring budgets tend to feed creativity!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 10-24-2016 10:58 AM

We made the Daily Top 3! Thanks everyone!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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