|Project by Hayeshandcrafted||posted 11-11-2013 04:07 PM||1130 views||8 times favorited||4 comments|
This is the first of three sets of blocks for my cousins. The only specifications I was given was that I needed all three to made out of different woods but identical in pieces so all three boys could play with them together but when it was time for everything to be cleaned up you could easily tell which blocks went into which box.
I took surprisingly more design to get these blocks built than I originally anticipated but in the end it was a blast building these. I absolutely love making toys, I get a huge amount of satisfaction when all is done.
The blocks are all built on a unit principle, for example the small square blocks in the bottom left are 1×3x3 (in my case 1unit = 3/4in. so a 1×3x3 was 3/4×2 1/4×2 1/4) So the blocks are as follows:
Small Squares 1×3x3
Mid Size Rectangles and Half Moon Rectangles 1×3x6
Long Rectangles 1×3x9
The only tricky thing with the triangles was that I needed to cut them 1/10in. bigger in each direction because I used my table saw sled to cut them in half and the kerf of my table saw blade is (you guessed it) 1/10in.
If you haven’t guessed the small triangles started life as 1×3x3 and the bigger triangles were 1×3x6. It took lots of sanding but it is totally worth it to get a block that is as smooth as glass.
The box is a simple box joint box that I made 1/16in bigger than 9 units. This gives me just enough room to get blocks out (because they have a small chamfer) but they do not shift or rattle. The box is 5 1/2in. tall and the lid and bottom are made out of 1/4in ply.
This set is made out of hard maple and the next two sets will be made out of walnut and purple heart.