How to Make children's wooden toy blocks

About Children's Wood Toy Blocks

Making children's wood toy blocks is very simple and inexpensive, they provide hours of fun without batteries for children as well as color learning and color vibration therapy. Making children's blocks can be be very profitable and they make great gifts.

cutting, painting and the finished blocks

How to cut the diagonal blocks even and safely every time
How to cut the diagonal blocks even and safely every time
The diagonal orange block
The diagonal orange block
How to cut the stick blocks even and safely every time.
How to cut the stick blocks even and safely every time.
The yellow and green mini stick blocks
The yellow and green mini stick blocks
The half moon red block
The half moon red block
The yellow bridge block
The yellow bridge block
The purple red and blue square and rectangle 3 sizes blocks
The purple red and blue square and rectangle 3 sizes blocks
painting the blocks purple green orange and yellow
painting the blocks purple green orange and yellow
Complete set of 150 blocks
Complete set of 150 blocks
150 blocks rearranged into 6 sets of 25
150 blocks rearranged into 6 sets of 25

Supplies, Tools and Time

Supplies Required

1. (4) 8’ 1x2’s ($1.47 ea)

2. (6) 1” craft paint brushes ($1.47 for 3)

3. (6) 8 fl oz bottles of acrylic craft paint non-toxic child ($1.77 ea)

Medium Blue #11309

Tomato Red #11441

Kelly Green #11304

Purple #11338

Bright Yellow #11305

Orange #11012

4. (6) paper plates

 

Tools Required

1. Miter Saw or miter box

2. Sander power or hand

3. 60 and 120 grit sandpaper

4. scrollsaw or coping saw

5. nail

6. short string

7. measuring tape

8. carpenters pencil

 
 

Time Required

 

1. With power tools from start to finish approx 14 hrs

2. With manual tools from start to finish approx 28 hrs

 
 

Makes approximately 150 blocks

 
 

Total Cost: $19.44 (approx.)

Total Value: As they say……”Priceless”

Instructions

 
 
 
 

Step1: Assemble all supplies and tool.

Step 2: Measure and mark blocks for cutting. Small square blocks are 1 and 5/8”. Medium blocks are 3 and ¼”. Large blocks are 6 and ½”. Short sticks are 2 and ½”.

Step 3: Cut blocks. First make all straight cuts, 6 large blocks, 60 medium, 48 small and 6 short sticks. This is approximate; you will probably get more depending on the quality of the wood.

Step 4: Cut diagonal blocks. Use 6 of the medium blocks. Get two boards approximately 8”x4” to create a jig. Set the miter saw on 22.5 and cut both boards on a right angle. Set the miter saw back to zero, center cut and place the medium block aligned corner to corner with the blade and lock in place with the jig you created. See picture below.

Step 5: Cut stick blocks. Use 6 of the medium blocks. Turn the two 8”x4” jig boards around to the flat side of the board and lock in place securely holding the block to cut in half. See picture below.

Step 6: Cut out bridge and half moon blocks. Tie a string around a nail, tie a pencil on the other end ¾” long in between nail and pencil tip. Place nail at center outside edge on long side of block and draw the half moon like a protractor. Using a scroll saw or coping saw cut the half moon block out of the bridge block.

Step 7: Sand all of the blocks with 60 grit sandpaper. When all of the roughness is sanded off, sand again with 120 grit sandpaper smoothing and rounding all edges of blocks.

Step 8: Paint all of the blocks. Pour a small portion of paint onto a paper plate and paint 3 sides of each block on a protected surface. Let it dry completely, approximately 15 minutes. Then apply another coat of paint. After paint has dried, turn over and repeat the two layer painting process.

Tip: Wash your hands in between colours to prevent colour sharing.

Step 9: Clean paint brushes with water. You should have plenty of paint left for numerous other projects or even more blocks.

 

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Comments 8 comments

Gina 7 years ago

It would have been helpful to me if the supply list would have been posted at the beginning of the article. I did not know what "stick block" meant until I got to the pictures, then re-read the instructions. I don't know anything about woodworking or tools, so while I probably couldn't build the blocks with your instructions, I'm sure my husband could. Thanks for sharing. I want some blocks now!


Shirley Davis 7 years ago

I probably couln't handle a power saw, and my grandchildren do not live close, so I wouldn't be interested at this time in my life, but I will pass it on


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Blocks you will have Gina, delivery later. thanks for the tip on the supplies.


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Good solid info.

I, too had to scroll down to confirm the description with the picture, but I am lazy (lol), so looked for a picture first, and saved a bit of time. Also can be helpful to post picture beside description rather than at end.

Great idea for "grandma" project. Thanks.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi emohealer, did you make this blocks? Wow...I am with a preschool and if you were any nearer my city, I would order from you. But with this intructions, I may have to show this hub and see if someone can make it for me. Hehe Thanks.


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Yes I did make those blocks, the pictures are my saw and my back yard I also developed the specs for how to create the jig and angles. One of my sisters knew of my wood working skills and made the request. As I was making them I realized how nice it would be to share all I had learned. All of my other neices and nephews and cousins have me busy making more blocks as well. I would love to share this gift with anyone, although it was not my orignal intent. Thanks so much for asking.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Very nice. You sold me, I am your newest fan.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

emohealer , these blocks look great. It would overcome the problem we had here a while back when some blocks were imported from overseas and were found to contain 'lead'.

Fortunately they were confiscated before reaching precious little hands.

Nice Hub and thumbs up. Now I'm your newest Fan :-)

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