American Hard Maple - The Real Deal
This set is a trifle larger than our Rubberwood Kit
#111 and allows a little larger range of play. This is our second
smallest set of blocks and gives the beginning child their first taste
of Unit Blocks. Don't expect these Rubberwood blocks from Thailand to
be the same quality as American blocks, but they're not bad and for this price they can't be
beat. For a trivial amount, you can see if your youngster
would like to play with this toy. Small children can see and name
the different shapes and enjoy making small towers. If they like
their blocks, you can always add more later.
Rubberwood is a somewhat rougher
grained hardwood a bit like Ash
or Honey Maple in texture.
It is salvaged from aging trees
on Rubber Plantations is SE Asia
by pressure immersing in Borate
insecticides prior to drying.
It weighs about 15% less than
hard maple. Hard maple
requires about 1450 lbs to mar
the surface; rubberwood requires
about 960 pounds to mar the
surface (Janka Test).
Nevertheless it is exceedingly
cheap and is a popular material
for blocks where price is the
major consideration. These
blocks satisfy all of the
conditions of CPSC as to safety
and will provide many hours of