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July 26, 2005

Quick Trick Block Stack

I'd been telling my boys for a long time that I'd make some different blocks for them. I ended up making planks instead. Like lumber they are pretty easy to stack and arrange. The basic module is pretty simple. The pine board I made them from was 3/4" (~19mm) thick. I ripped it down into strips so that 3 of the strips stacked together would be as thick as the board. Then I cut that into a few different lengths. Most are 15/4 of an inch long, some are 18/4, others are 30, 45 and 75 quarters.

I used plain white pine. It is cheap and light. If you are going to do this yourself make sure you search through the boards and find one with vertical grain - the growth rings perpendicular to the width of the board - for the best results. I got about 300 pieces from a 3/4" x 12" x 6' board. Spruce would be a good alternative to pine.

The results are reminiscent of Kiyomizudera:
blocks.jpg kiyomizudera.jpg

August 8, 2005


But true. German igloos.

I'm not sure that the one which is built over a big blue plastic bag is authentic... unless it is the skin of a blue whale.

June 1, 2007

Green Building

I've added another site here which focuses on Green Building resources and techologies. There is not much there yet, but I expect it to grow considerably over the coming year.

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