I finished two projects and had tons of leftover wood. Pieces too small to use in projects or jigs, so I sanded down the various shapes, threw out those pieces with too many knots, gouges, large splinters, and painted them for the kids to use as building blocks. Best thing was I knew what the blocks were made from rather than questioning the materials used by commercial companies (e.g. NO LEAD PAINT!) which cost about $1 per block. I made 200 blocks for less than $40 and about 14 hours of labor.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
COnstruction grade pine
Finish Used
Gloss spray paint.
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project



Sun, 12/23/2012 - 09:28

Wonderful idea but next time I'd use thinly diluted koolaid to "paint" with. Then there are no worries about the kids chewing on paint.

Smells good too....

Will have to do this for my grandkids!!!

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