Conversation Blocks are Fun for Family Messages!

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This simple 2 inch by 2 inch wooden block greeting is a perfect way to express how you feel about the holidays or any day!

I have a set in my home that I purchased many years ago and it is the first item I pulled them out of my Holiday treasure box.  Placed on a mantel or side table they are a great way to add a wonderful helping of spirit to any room.  And the best thing is if you are a woodworker or want to be, it is as easy as well…building blocks.

Materials List: 

  • 2 x 2”x 4” pine (make sure they are straight and true)
  • Carpenters wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Sandpaper 120 grit – sander (belt sander)
  • White paint
  • Black craft paint
  • A-Z letter stencil
  • Stencil Brush
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw

Instructions:

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1. Glue the two 2 x 4 together using wood glue, make sure to apply enough glue.

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2. Place the two boards together and make sure that the boards are lined up.

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3. Using clamps, clamp along the board, making sure that they are clamped nice and tight, remove any excess glue that may creep through using a damp paper towel.

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4. Allow the boards to dry over night, and then remove the clamps.

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5. Using a table saw with the fence set at 2 inches run the 2 x 4 through the table saw, make sure that you have an outtalk table to catch the board as it passes through, the board will have to pass through the table saw twice to get the 2inch thickness for the final blocks .

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Tip:  Make sure that you wear protective eye, ear, and a face mask when working with power tools.

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6. Use a belt sander or a palm sander to sand the edges smooth – make sure to clamp the board to a work bench or table to keep the board from walking.

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7. Do a light finish sanding with a 120 grit sand paper.

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8. Cut the blocks to length using a miter saw, notice that I have clamped a stop block to the saw to ensure the blocks are a consistent 2 inches.

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9. Sand the edges of the block using a sander to give the blocks a warn-used appearance – working the edges along the sander.

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10. The blocks are now ready for the painting process.

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11. Wipe the blocks with white paint (I used a water based primer) using a paper towel, the goal is to coat the block, but allow the wood grain to show through.

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12. Give the block one more light sanding to smooth out the grain raised from the paint.

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13. Create the letters on the block using a letter stencil – there are many stencil styles to choose from, pick one that inspires you.  Use a stencil brush to apply the craft paint, being careful to hold the stencil in place.

The saying that you choose can become a fun game, try to come up with different sayings by the way the blocks are laid out.  I choose Happy Holidays, but on the opposite side of the block perhaps you could spell out Joyous Noel!   And don’t be afraid to use different colors!

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I know that you may think I’m crazy, but I gave the lettering a quick sanding to age the letters and make it more consistent with the look of the block.

I hope you enjoy your conversation blocks as much as I have enjoyed mine over the past 20 years or so, they are a part of all my holiday memories, I hope they will become yours as well.

Happy Holidays!

Matt

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