Craft Project: Muscleman Building Blocks

This is a project for the jigsaw and the scroll saw. Great for the kids to practice co-ordination. And once the cutting and sanding is done, the kiddies can color the details using their imagination. Make a few or make dozens!


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  • 1x4 inch pine board (3 1/2 inches for each man)
  • sandpaper
  • lightweight cardboard
  • color markers or paints
  • Jigsaw or Radial Arm Saw (to cut board)
  • Scroll Saw (to cut pieces)


Cut your 1x4 inch board into 3 1/2 inch pieces. Trace your pattern onto cardboard drawing, just the outline. A cereal or cracker box will work nicely for this. Lay your pattern on the board and draw around it with a pencil. Cut the pieces out with the scroll saw, and sand smooth.

Using your own imagination, design your musclemen. Or if your children are old enough to do so, they will love designing their own.

The instructions are also in a PDF file for which you may need Acrobat Reader to view. Download Acrobat Reader

Click Here to download the Muscleman Building Blocks Instructions in PDF format.

By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas


About The Author: Harlean Greathouse is a mother of three who has been married for 45 years. Long time readers of ThriftyFun will probably recognize her as Harlean from Arkansas, the name she has posted under as a valuable member of the ThriftyFun community. She specializes in wood crafts and enjoys designing crafts using recyclable materials, knitting, crochet and has been an arts and crafts vendor for over 35 years. Harlean has a CD available with 11 unique crafts designs for only $5.00 (including shipping). For more information visit:

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