Just making some blocks for Parker.
These are standard unit blocks which means that they are half as thick as they are wide and half as wide as they are long. Then there are variations on those ratios. The dimensions make them helpful in teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, etc. But more importantly for my car-obsessed son, there are curves and intersection that make them useful for building roads. They’re all sized to be cut out of scraps of dimensional lumber. If you can’t find some of that for free, I recommend checking the cutoff bin at the home center for bargains.
Easy-peasey for the rectangles, squares, and triangles, but for those curved pieces, I’m making templates out of 1/2″ MDF from patterns I drew up. So I can duplicate them easily with a bearing-guided router bit.
And here’s a PDF of the full size patterns along with the measurements I used for the rectangles.
So there it is. An easy project for the kiddos. In fact the most difficult part was trying to convince my wife to come out to the shop to help. Couldn’t convince her about the sheer joys of sanding, but she did help with the staining.
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