Alphabet Blocks

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Project by Gene posted 07-23-2008 03:45 AM 2077 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make these blocks out of whatever scrap I have lying around. The ones in the pictures are made from Maple, pine and willow. They range from 1 1/2” to 2 1/2” in size They are a pretty popular item for something that has been around for so long. I also make them in bright painted colours which usualy catches the little one’s eyes. Let me know what you think.

-- --Gene Plumley--

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#1 posted 07-23-2008 06:23 AM

These are great!

Do you paint the letters free hand or use a stencil?


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#2 posted 07-23-2008 06:44 AM


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#3 posted 07-23-2008 10:58 AM

They look great!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 07-23-2008 02:09 PM

They look great, I especially like how you made the letters big and bold, better for the kids. Nice job.

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#5 posted 07-23-2008 06:26 PM

I think they are great!!!

Love the bag as well.. perfect storage

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#6 posted 07-23-2008 10:26 PM

I have the same question as Lew?

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#7 posted 07-24-2008 01:17 AM

Comment author: Gene

Gene’s comments to me below.
“Hey, I actually use a foam stamp for the alphabet blocks. I think I got them at Wal-mart. The trick is use a paint brush and put a thin layer on the stamp, then stamp it. Cheap craft paint works pretty good because the finish you put on them will protect the paint anyways. Also it doesn’t bleed into the wood. I have tried many different ways of making that process faster but the results are always sloppy or just not very good. If you decide to make them and find another way that works good, please let me know. Thanks for the complement and talk to you later.”

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#8 posted 08-14-2008 01:54 AM

I like these better than any others I’ve seen and will make some.
What did you use for a topcoat? Varnish?
Wall Mart is so big I don’t know if I can find the stamps there, do you remember what department they are in?

Thanks, Great job!


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#9 posted 12-28-2011 07:01 PM

The stamps would probably be in the Crafts department.

These are so cool, my wife and I were just talking about making some of these for our little nieces and nephews as Christmas presents.

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#10 posted 12-28-2011 07:24 PM

These look great. What technique do you use to put the letters on?


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