Simplicity yet immense play value!

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No designing, no joints, no glue, no finishing, nothing could be more simple. And yet this heap of softwood blocks has provided endless pleasure (And I’ll soon be handing them over to the three year-old!)

Only joking. Three year old grandson Sam has played with these for hours. Mostly ‘firewood’ offcuts, they just had a few seconds on the belt sander & a few random holes here and there, and they were ready to inspire the imagination. Garages, towers, roadways – the possibilities are endless. I did add a few turned wheels and my wife added some redundant wooden clothes pegs. No batteries needed!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 11-17-2007 10:08 PM

It’s no joke. The average child will have more fun with the cutoffs of whatever toy you are making for him than with the actual toy!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-17-2007 10:11 PM

looks like a lumberjocks starter kit to me !

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#3 posted 11-17-2007 10:12 PM

Simplicity at its best. Looks like time for grandpa to get on the floor and be a child again – someone gotta show the little guy the ropes after all!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 11-17-2007 11:40 PM

I remember my blocks, and my son had a set, and my grandson also has his set. It inspires the imagination and promotes creativity. The only thing wrong with that is that he (son) keeps “borrowing” my tools!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 11-17-2007 11:58 PM

As Dadoo stated, I too remember the blocks that my Dad had made for me. They will probably be played with more than most of the toys….. These are great….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 11-18-2007 12:49 AM

And I was going to toss my cutoffs into the stove.

-- Andy Stark

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Bob Babcock

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#7 posted 11-18-2007 01:00 AM

I had more fun with my blocks than any other toy I had. I had a whole big blue duffel bag full of cutoffs. My Dad cut some specific pieces too. Building castles was a favorite so I had lots or arches, parapets, and towers.
Of course then the idea was to construct a catapult that shot marbles to put the castle under siege….:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 11-18-2007 04:19 AM

I made a set of wood blocks for my children many moons ago, and they loved them! Great gifts to promote creativity.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 11-18-2007 08:50 AM

Nice project Stewart, Sam is a lucky little boy to have such a talented and generous Grandfather.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 11-18-2007 02:17 PM

“lumberjocks starter kit” That is funny and a great gift with only 37 days left.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 11-18-2007 02:35 PM

Makes me want to play with em!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Al Navas

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#12 posted 11-18-2007 07:43 PM


Thanks for posting this project. LOML and I have talked about making some of these for our granddaughters, but the project was sidelined. You have given me the inspiration to bring it back to the front, as the girls absolutely love to play with their Lincoln Log sets.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#13 posted 11-19-2007 12:05 AM

I know what you mean Mr. Stewart, the kids used to play with the boxes more than the toys they came in. LOL. Looks like fun. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 11-19-2007 01:40 AM

Add imagination, stir=instant fun.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 11-23-2007 02:48 PM

now THAT’s a quality toy!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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