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Project by HighRockWoodworking posted 959 days ago 1467 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas this year my wife asked that I make an ABC block for our daughter that is just turning 1 year old. I could have simply cut a block out of a solid piece but I wanted to do something a little different.

The block is made of 3 types of wood for contrast (Maple, Chestnut, and Oak). Instead of just using the ABC123 on the sides, I decided to use her initials on three sides and date of birth on the other three. The letters and numbers were added using a wood burner.

Also, as a last minute decision I added BB’s inside the block before glue up so that it acts as a rattle. I have made a Google SketchUp model of the block that I will use as a template for a few more that I will build for my other daughters.

-- Chris Adkins, http://highrockwoodworking.com/





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MShort

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#1 posted 959 days ago

Very nice. I like that you make a rattle out of it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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rance

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#2 posted 959 days ago

Like the woods.
Like the joints.
Like the lettering.
Like the rattle.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 959 days ago

Great job on the block. Your daughter will always treasure it.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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workerinwood

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#4 posted 958 days ago

Great job! Like the idea.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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marter1229

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#5 posted 958 days ago

That is a KEEPER!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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jeb1974

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#6 posted 958 days ago

Great idea. Very creative. Looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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Coble

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#7 posted 957 days ago

Awesome idea. Looks great

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HighRockWoodworking

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#8 posted 954 days ago

Thank you all for the comments. It was a fun project to come up with and design. My daughter loves it and I plan on making a few more for my other daughters and a few friends of the family.

-- Chris Adkins, http://highrockwoodworking.com/

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vipond33

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#9 posted 928 days ago

Wow, I wish I could wood burn like that – so crisp! The joints make it look like a take apart puzzle – c’mon out you BB’s and roll on the floor!

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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HighRockWoodworking

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#10 posted 927 days ago

Thanks Gene, no definitely not a take apart puzzle with all of those BB’s inside. I have thought of making an alternate version that could be used as a stuff box by making one of the pieces hinge open.

-- Chris Adkins, http://highrockwoodworking.com/

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