Set of blocks for the grandkids

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Project by sval229 posted 05-09-2016 06:17 AM 1375 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my daughter-in-laws sent me a pic of a similar set of blocks she saw out west and asked if I could make one for the baby. I just happened to have some extra stock laying around so I figured I’d give it a shot. I ended up with four sets, one for each of our youngest grandkids.

The blocks are made from walnut, birdseye maple, cherry, hard maple, and poplar. The box is made from very old 5/8” thick spanish cedar with a history that I got from one of my brothers in New Orleans. The bottom is tiger maple.

It took a little while to figure the best way to make the half circles. I finally ended up rough cutting them oversized on the band saw and then turning them four at a time with a jam chuck on my lathe. Then I split then on the band saw.

After rounding over all the edges and sanding everything super smooth I used a mix of warm mineral oil, beeswax, and carnauba wax to finish everything. The colors of the wood really popped as soon as they were coated. Let it dry, rubbed it off, and shined them up.

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#1 posted 05-09-2016 10:39 AM

A toy and an heirloom. Looks great.
I had a set of these when I was a kid, played with them for hours.
I’m sure your grandkids will love them

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 03:56 PM

Yep. An heirloom for sure.
Good grandpa!

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 06:45 PM

Bravo for her idea and for your project for the baby. Those are very educational and sturdy toys.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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