$3 Building Block Set Made From One 2x4




About: i am an artist and musician. i make things of use out of things that no longer have use. i think the hip term is "upcycling." i post a lot of inspirational and entertainment videos on youtube.com/timsway. oc...


a simple, interlocking wood building block you can make with relatively ease in a basic wood shop out of only one 2X4.

yields about 60 blocks 1.5" X1.5" X3" blocks.

there are tool substitutions that can be made to make this simpler and watch through to the end or other ideas on how to get these - or something similar made. don't give presents, make a gift!

thanks for watching,



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    6 Discussions

    Great idea. So simple yet elegant. I know from my own experience (childhood and children) that "mere" blocks will work just fine for kids, but the ones you make are ingenious, and I bet most people will believe you bought them (Though one might argue that most just do not know or believe how easy it can be to make things from wood with the right tools and frame of mind). Thanks for sharing!

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    4 years ago

    great instructable Tim, thank you. my son will love playing with these, you're a star. keep up the good work.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! I still remember the blocks my dad and his buddy made... just simple ones. I don't know how many families and generations played with them. Even remember the 'tink' sound the long ones made when hit together.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    cheers! my boy and i have indoor blocks, outdoor blocks, all sorts of wood blocks that are cutoffs from my shop. our favorite toys. i thought it would be cool to add a little panache to the old classic. thanks for watching. -tim