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As seen in the Winter 2012 Issue of
Canadian Home Workshop
( Please see the issue for a detailed article.)
Every child, at some point in their childhood, needs good set of building blocks. This set, which is made from solid unfinished Maple, consists of an assortment of "unit blocks", also known as Kindergarten blocks, which was invented by an educator in the early 1900s. Similar blocks are found in bedrooms, schools, and daycares all over North America.
The basic design of unit blocks is based on the ratio of 1:2:4 --- typically 1-3/8" x 2-3/4" x 5-1/2". All blocks in a set are based on multiples or fractions of those dimensions, such that they all fit together.
I also know that children's playrooms can quickly become messy, so I do like to provide storage for any toy that I design. In this case I have designed a storage wagon in the shape of an old time race car to hold all the blocks. Simply fill it up and roll it away under the bed when you're finished!