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Date Blocks
Basic Description Here is a free plan for an remarkably simple yet classic date display. The two cubes make a perfect desk item to help you remember what day of the month it is. It turns out that you can display all of the days of a month (one to thirty-one) with only two blocks even though each of the blocks only has six faces. Read on to see how this works and for additional ideas such as a month display. In this plan, we show you how to carve the numbers into wood, but as described in the design considerations section at the end, you could also paint or apply the numbers onto the blocks.
Materials Wood, finishing oil, and glue. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools Table saw, sandpaper, clamps (if you are surfacing rough lumber, you will also need a jointer and a surface planer). A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $1
Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy
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Similar Projects If you enjoy making the small blocks required for this project, you may also be interested in our block stack project. For a virtually infinite calendar, check out our perpetual calendar.

the project plan begins here

step:     1              

The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared before commencing because you are free to progress without unnecessary interruptions.
the completed date blocks

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 varies Wood. You will need enough to make two cubes. We glued to pieces of thick mahogany together to create the cubes. If you would like to create particularly large cubes, you either need to find thicker wood or glue more layers together.
#2 - Glue. We used polyurethane glue, but yellow glue will work fine.
#3 - finishing oil  more info

Tool List

table saw  more info
square  more info
carving knife
hobby knife or carbon paper to transfer the pattern
computer printer to print out numbers for carving
various clamps  more info
disc sander  more info
if you are using rough lumber you will also need a jointer  more info and a thickness planer  more info

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