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.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Square Wood Post - Mine is 1.5" x 1.5" x 8", enough for 2 sets, and was intended as a table leg or something of the sort. This is where the blocks come from so keep that in mind when choosing a size.
- Sheet Wood - This can be pretty much any sort of sheet wood, probably .5" thick as a minimum, that you have laying around. If you want a nice wood finish then use a solid hardwood. If you are planning on painting a fine particle particle board gives a smooth surface. I used 1/2" MDF I had lying around.
- Dowel Pins - Not completely necessary but it makes for sturdier construction.
- Wood Glue
- Wire Coat Hanger (Optional) - Used in place of plates on the end to give a more finished look.
- Adhesive/Epoxy (Optional) - Used to secure the wire, see above. I used a general purpose silicone adhesive.
- Paint/Primer/Wood Stain - This is completely up to you. I went with a basic white.
- Decorative Paper (Optional) - Used to decorate the faces of the blocks.
- Number Stencils - The only stipulations are that each number is smaller than the block faces and that the 6 or 9 can be used as both a 6 and 9.
- Wood Filler - Used to remove the grain on the blocks, if necessary, and to smooth the joints in the base.
- Saw - A miter box is also helpful.
- Drill & Bits
- Sand Paper
- Angle Pliers/Wire Cutters (Optional) - Only necessary for the wire edge design.
- Tape Measure/Ruler
- Center Punch - Not necessary but once you use one you'll never do a project without it. Seriously, If I could recommend one tool to every person just starting to DIY it would be an automatic center punch.
- Paper Craft Tools (Optional) - Fancy pattern scissors, colored pens, etc.