ABC Block

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Project by HighRockWoodworking posted 12-16-2011 06:52 PM 2035 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,

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 07:17 PM

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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#2 posted 12-16-2011 07:23 PM

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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#3 posted 12-16-2011 07:43 PM

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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#4 posted 12-17-2011 04:07 PM

Great job! Like the idea.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 12-17-2011 06:05 PM

That is a KEEPER!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 06:50 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-18-2011 04:35 AM

Awesome idea. Looks great

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#8 posted 12-21-2011 04:27 AM

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,

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 06:30 AM

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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#10 posted 01-18-2012 02:34 AM

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,

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