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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 05-08-2010 03:30 AM 3749 reads 18 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just fooling around with scrap wood. This project is really about testing the accuracy of your cuts. Plus the puzzle is actually kind of hard to solve!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 05-08-2010 04:12 AM

cool vid, great project.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 05:04 AM

would you think it possible to cut the reliefs into some of the blocks like you would cut a rabbet or tenon on the tablesaw? raising the blade to the depth you want to cut and turning the piece on end in a jig? I could imagine that would help with some of the accuracy problems introduced by the bandsaw.

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#3 posted 05-08-2010 08:09 AM

That was a delightful video. I love your presentation and the project. I would like to try it with my Japanese hand saws, but I am still not great with them, so I think I will wait until I am a bit more skilled. I am definitely adding it to my favorites list. Someday I will tackle this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#4 posted 05-08-2010 01:02 PM

Excellent vid Steve, thoroughly explained. Wish I had the courage to do a video instead of the endless stopping to take pics. I’ll be trying this puzzle for myself.

On doing the cuts on a saw table. If you rotate your 9×9 blocks vertically the cuts would be across the top of the blade, surely. This would mean a straight cut all the way through at the same distance into the wood. Of course as the wood is ‘skinny side’ (or edge) down to the table it would need proper support behind it to get it safely through the blade. Your large block (9×9) size would also be limited to 150% of your maximum blade height.

Just a thought


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 05-08-2010 05:12 PM


Ohmagosh, I can’t believe I didn’t think of making those cuts the way you described! Duh! It’s funny how sometimes I get something in my mind and can’t think of another, more obvious way of doing it. For some reason I was essensially thinking in a two-dimensional manner.


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 05:23 PM

Well, my “Cube in a Cube” came out pretty cool, so why not try this?
Thanks Steve.
These are fun.

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#7 posted 05-09-2010 01:11 AM

another great video, thanks for the submission.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#8 posted 05-09-2010 04:38 AM

I am totally eating crow over this one! I can’t believe I didn’t think about making the cuts vertically! A bunch of people have now made this suggestion, email and YouTube. I sometimes wonder what my brain is thinking. Aw well, I suppose a lot of people do!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 05-09-2010 11:26 AM

Steve, as Brian said don’t beat yourself up over it.

Just keep watching, we ALL make mistakes or miss something. I expect people to tell me when I do. Because I want to learn. We are all here to share our knowledge and help each other out. Its not a competition or an exam.

Keep the videos coming too. You’ve got an excellent style and you get things over really well. Can you give me a few pointers. It might help me work up the courage to do one myself.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 05-09-2010 03:44 PM

With age comes what some people call ( BRAIN FARTS ). I have them all to often and then I kick my self in the behind for not thinking of that in the first place. We can also call it going around your elbow to get to your *. Which I to have done on many ocaisions. But I did do the your block in a block which makes for a great discusion when someone picks it up and tries to figure it out. I will give this a try also because I love these brain teasers. You are doing great with your videos and i look forward to see them. Thanks again.

-- Jim LaCourse

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 12:42 AM


Yes! Try and shoot some video. That would be fun. It’s a bit ff a pain because you have to work on two things at once: the wood project and the video. Mostly I’ve learned to try to keep it short by showing only the critical stuff…people tend to fill in the gaps with their own knowledge.

Jim: Hell…brain farts are my way of life!


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#12 posted 05-10-2010 03:26 AM

Steve, still a good point made: The accuracy of your milling is determined by your least accurate piece of equipment.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#13 posted 05-10-2010 05:03 AM

Another Immortal materpice for mere mortals :-)) Wonder when PBS will pick you up?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 05-14-2010 09:04 AM

Just watched your video, thanks for the lesson. Also watched your cube in a cube video which was very cool. I’ll be making one the next chance I get. Thanks again and keep em coming.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#15 posted 05-21-2010 07:35 AM

Great project idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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