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Project by jawqn87 posted 855 days ago 1394 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make some building blocks that would be displayed at a baby shower and then would be used by the baby. The request was make some blocks and she would paint them in many different colors. Well, I don’t really like to give my projects out unfinished and I don’t like to paint things, I bought an assortment of exotic wood cutoffs, Picture 3, and used some of it to make the blocks.

I did have to glue up some pieces but the majority of them are single piece. The process was sand with 120 grit and then 220 grit, and using the sandpaper to knock down the corners. (I don’t have a router table, yet….)The finish is mineral oil, something that should be non-toxic for babies and the finish can be revived easily after years of use.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 855 days ago

I wish my building blocks were this nice, well i probably used mine for teething mostly though. Really nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 855 days ago

For the love of all things good… Don’t let her paint them!!!

That’s like putting ketchup on lobster!

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#3 posted 855 days ago

Great looking blocks. I certainly hope they will stay the colors they are now and not be painted. Your finish will also be much better for baby.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 855 days ago

DanoP is right!! SAY NO, TO PAINT!!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#5 posted 855 days ago

Just an after thought…some wood species may not be safe for mouths of babies. (kind of like the irritation from sawdust on some users) Maybe someone out there knows. (I would choose non oily woods like poplar and maple) but I think your idea is correct “no paint”, mineral oil only. (just a thought.) Thanks

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 854 days ago

Ditto Bradford.
Wood toxicity charts are easily google-able. Better check it out.
Personally, I see red flags.

Maybe you could make something with that batch of blocks.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#7 posted 314 days ago

a wonderful set of blocks which will bring sooo much enjoyment over many generations

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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