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Block Countdown Calendar

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Tired of buying new calendars every year? Do you enjoy having to remember to set your calendar each day so you can remember what day it is? If so then you will love having a block calendar. Less function than a real calender with 97% more effort!
I jest, but I am quite terrible at updating the block calendars we already have.

This is sort of a re-purposing of the classic block calendar. Instead of counting through the days of the month it counts down (from 32) to a specific event. In the case of this build I created them as gifts to announce that the wife was pregnant to our parents and as such it counted down the weeks until they became grandparents. These are pretty easy and cheap to make so doing them as one-offs isn't a big deal and in this case they can reuse them for every other grandchild-to-be so it's not quite a one shot deal, but using some chalkboard, whiteboard, or magnetic paint or stickers, as well as a generic theme, will allow unlimited uses and make great gifts. You could of course use a generic one as a calendar, if you're into that sort of thing. To demonstrate this flexibility I've built a third calendar, with a different base style and decorations, intended for generic use.
 
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Oh nice. A cute and simple idea. Thanks
bwrussell (author)  WhatTheHell831 year ago
Glad you like it.
t1espo1 year ago
Great post. This is keeper and a project I will surely make. Your photos and design description are excellent.
bwrussell (author)  t1espo1 year ago
Thanks! When you do make one, post some pics here, I'd love to see how it comes out.
I would love to 3& print this but I do think have one. Great idea
bwrussell (author)  redfoxtrystman1 year ago
Thanks. 3D printing would definitely be an option, I might even have some CAD files around here somewhere. If I find them I'll upload them.
jbrecken1 year ago
What's the secret to the getting enough digits for all the numbers?
bwrussell (author)  jbrecken1 year ago
Good catch! I've added the that bit to Step 7.

They key is using the six and the nine interchangeably.