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Project by Jeffrey Williams posted 05-24-2011 06:46 PM 2751 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter ordered a set of building blocks while expecting her first child and I ran across this Ultimate Building Blocks set. The set is proportional so all the parts work together to build and extend structures. Gathering a variety of woods; poplar, willow, eucalyptus, walnut, cypress, oak, cedar, zebrawood, maple, bubinga and purpleheart, I proceeded on a ‘simple’ project. 239 blocks later this is what I produced. Least you think this is a quick down and dirty adventure here are some numbers that astounded me. 52 square feet of wood surface to sand stain and seal. The edges sanding alone was 415’ of round over and sanding. It took me almost 4 months of labor including the box. Zoe should have many hours of creating WhoVille over and over again. Yes it does weigh over 30 lbs hence the wheels on the box. The water based stains and sealer are all child safe of course.

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 07:04 PM

Wow, did those come out nice! Where did you get the plans for that set?
It is an absolute beauty…great work.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 07:44 PM

I wanted to make a set of blocks for my kids too. Between the cost of all the wood, since it was all 8/4 i believe and the amount of time to cut and round over all edges I said forget it. My wife bought some foam ones that the kids never played with.

You have far more patience than I do.


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#3 posted 05-24-2011 08:52 PM

What a nice gift. Your grandkids will enjoy hours of fun with these.

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 09:31 PM

ya you will never get all those blocks to fit in that box again :P

-- Ben L

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#5 posted 05-24-2011 10:42 PM

thats not wood working …. thats factory mass production work ….iiyyaak
looking good though :-)... you shuold have let your daughter sand them
that wuold have learned her to think twice before she put something on the honey to do list …. LOL

thank´s for sharing :-)
and congrat´s on to being granddad

take care

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#6 posted 05-25-2011 01:36 AM

I’m impressed. I have turned a bunch of different cutoffs into a set of blocks for my son. Just sanded a little, didn’t round over anything, just used a block plane to take off the sharp edges. Your set involved a heck of a lot more work.


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#7 posted 05-25-2011 01:52 AM

Nice job on the blocks, but the storage box takes the show IMHO.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 05-25-2011 01:57 AM

Nice !

-- At least in the Navy no one ever told me to put the seat down.....

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#9 posted 05-25-2011 02:17 AM

Time spent in the shop for the grandchild – PRICELESS


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#10 posted 05-25-2011 02:18 AM

I don’t remember my blocks coming in a nice box like that when I was little.
Really nice looking blocks. I think these may turn into family heirloom.

-- Chuck

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#11 posted 05-25-2011 07:48 AM

Very nice, i think this is going to be a family heirloom.


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#12 posted 05-25-2011 11:25 AM

Wow! Very nice! I remember these toys when I was little boy!

-- Grant Laird Jr - Garland, Texas

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#13 posted 05-25-2011 10:06 PM

That’s some serious grampa love right there.

I’m sure the grandkids will love it, and then when they’re fast asleep, mom and dad will too. You’re never too old for building blocks.

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#14 posted 05-27-2011 12:33 AM

wow… the numbers are astonishing. 4 months on one project for one grandchild… I can relate!

just out of curiosity, how long did it take you to come up with those numbers? lol

you have a lot of patience! I do like Dennis’ idea on handing the daughter the sandpaper!


-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#15 posted 05-28-2011 06:41 AM

Those are some impressive numbers. You did a wonderful job. I am sure they will be enjoyed for years to come

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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