Children's Alphabet Blocks

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Project by Pezman posted 11-21-2009 11:31 PM 2036 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a total newbie at woodworking. My tools are as cheap as they come, and I have no friends or training to help me make quality projects. As a result I started with the simplest project I could dream up… Blocks. I don’t know enough about which wood I should have used, or what kind of bit was best. All I can show you is what I did in an afternoon.

A family friend is adopting a child and wanted a wooden toy instead of a plastic one. I happened to have a 1”x6” in the garage so I started cutting it up on my cheap table saw.

I started to get worried about how close my fingers were getting to the blade so I made a quick table jig to help hold the wood stable (via clamps) and my fingers out of the way.

Next, I routed the edges using my router table. I probably should have used a harder wood then pine since some of the edges chipped. Which made me sand every block.

Then, I painted them with a milk based child friendly paint. ( which smelled awful until it dried.

Finally, I attached some stickers my wife wanted placed on the sides. Each wood piece is two sided.

You can see more of my projects on my wife’s blog:

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#1 posted 11-21-2009 11:53 PM

It looks like you are off to a good start.

It is not necessarliy the cost of the tool, what what you can do with them

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#2 posted 11-22-2009 12:54 AM

Very creative and well done!

-- Guy,PEI

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#3 posted 11-22-2009 01:09 AM

these are WONDERFUL !!! !

an idea … some courage … a little piece of wood … and voila: a great project!

well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 11-22-2009 02:53 AM

Nice job! You have plenty of friends and you will receive plenty of advice here!



-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#5 posted 11-22-2009 03:21 AM

They look great. Nice work.

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#6 posted 11-22-2009 04:49 AM

very cool!! what a wonderful gift!!

-- helen

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#7 posted 11-22-2009 02:59 PM

Great job!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#8 posted 11-23-2009 06:26 AM

Wonderful job. I can see the smile on the child’s face already. Bound to become a family heirloom.

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#9 posted 11-23-2009 06:46 AM

Very cool blocks well done.

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#10 posted 03-22-2010 09:15 AM

Enjoy the color contrast from all the blocks, good job…

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