American Hard Maple - The Real Deal
This set is a trifle larger than
our Rubberwood Kit #211 and
allows a little larger range of
play. This is our third
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. 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