Baby Block for new Grandbaby

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Project by mls posted 10-26-2014 01:48 PM 2471 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was blessed with a new grandbaby earlier in the year – our first. So I wanted to make one of those baby blocks that shows the date of birth and other details. But most of the ones on the net seem to be using a solid wood block so you end up with end grain on two sides. This one was a little more tedious to build with the solid raised panel in each side. I used the panel spacers to keep the panel from moving and to keep it centered yet still allow it to move as the wood moved. I used maple as the primary wood – planed down to 1/2 inch thick. The reinforcement splines are from walnut. I had it lasor etched with the details. The color of the etching goes well with the walnut accent splines. I didn’t know it at the time, but they can scan in your signiture and etch your personal signature on the bottom which is a neat idea. Hopefully, it will be a treasured gift – especially since “paw paw” made it.

-- Mike ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 02:01 PM

First of all, congrats on new grand baby, nothing like them. I’ve grown to appreciate my, now five, more than ever. They’re special.
And as far as the block, just WOW! And yep, grandpa made stuff will be special to them one day.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 10:26 AM

Congratulations on the new arrival! The block is a sweet keepsake that will surely be treasured. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 10-31-2014 04:22 PM

Very nice look to this. It will be awhile before the Grandbaby will learn to appreciate this but for now I am sure the Parents will Love it.

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