As a bonus, these blocks are made from the cast-offs from a lumber mill. They are made from Western Yellow Cedar so smell great and by wood-burning and avoiding paints they are non-toxic.
Step 1: Make blocks
In about an hour I could cut 30 blocks (enough for a few errors) and sand the faces and edges to make them suitable for the next step.
Step 2: Sketch and burn designs onto the faces
Step 3: Materials and tools
- Wood. Try for locally harvested rough-cut lumber that has dried for quite some time.
- Saw. A table saw might work but I used my chop saw. BE CAREFUL! Use a push stick or clamps to keep your hands away!
- Sander. Sand faces that you can before cutting to a smaller size and also be careful.
- A wood burner or soldering iron.
- Ideas. I had a hard time coming up with relevant and unique designs for some of the sides so get creative!