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Project by Lamac posted 906 days ago 1170 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

ceder and Quarter sawn White Oak Un-finished





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 906 days ago

Labor of love. I made over 250 pieces last year for X-mas gifts for my boy’s and nieces. I used clear SYP and finished with linseed oil. I thought the rounding over of edges and sanding would never end.

The kids loved them so i guess it was worth it.

-- Chris K

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BYGeorgia

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#2 posted 906 days ago

Nice Job. That is one of my near future projects for my granddaughter.

What method(s) have been used to ‘ease’ the edges and corners?

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ChrisK

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#3 posted 906 days ago

BYGeorgia,

I used a 1/8 radius bit with a guide bearing on all the edges. it took a lot of time but gave the pieces a very nice look and feel. Any pieces that tore out were touched up with a hand sander.

-- Chris K

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HerbC

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#4 posted 905 days ago

Where did you get your pattern?

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Lamac

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#5 posted 905 days ago

i just took the basic shapes i could remember playing with as a kid in school and started cutting them out of 1 inch stock. they do need scaled to fully line up when stacked together i just guestimated the sizes for this bunch got another set due for the 5th ill write down the dimensions and post them

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Froggy

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#6 posted 905 days ago

When I was a kid, I loved construction sets like these! They actually were more fun than some more elaborate ones, including Lego… Very nice and practical. Also, gotta love the smell of cedar!

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HerbC

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#7 posted 905 days ago

Thanks, I’d appreciate the measurements. I hate reinventing the wheel and I need to make a set or two of these for the grandkids…

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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steopa

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#8 posted 905 days ago

Love it! My grandfather ran a furniture company before he passed away and some of my fondest memories are sitting in his living room making huge buildings out of the cutoffs that were turned into blocks. They’ve been passed down the family and are now being used by his 7th great-grandchild…

-- Steopa

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Lamac

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#9 posted 905 days ago

steopa

i can hope its the same with these. some times its the littlest things that get the most joy out off

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exelectrician

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#10 posted 905 days ago

Hi, Les Neufeld has a Book “Making Toys That Teach” That has a similar set of plans for blocks.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 905 days ago

The kids will love it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Lamac

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#12 posted 905 days ago

exelectrician

i will have to check that out i seem to have the most fun making toys then i do the other items i work on, iv recently started making chalk boards ill have to get a pic up soon of them, my two girls play for hours the oldest draws and the youngest wipes them down. :-)

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