Building a Shop Mascot from a 2x4

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Project by Alistair posted 06-17-2014 02:29 PM 2627 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

This project was my entry into the recent 2nd Annual Summer’s Woodworkings 2×4 competition.

I decided to try and produce a Creeper from Minecraft and keep it as a workshop Mascot.

If you’re not familiar with Minecraft, it is a computer game and the creeper is the iconic bad guy of the game.

The construction is very straightforward and simply involved gluing a lot of cubes together into the desired form. What makes me slightly more proud of this project is the fact that 90% of the work was done by hand. So once I had ripped my 2×4 into Eight, 800m lengths of 20mm x 20mm (using a contractors saw), the rest of the work was done by hand. All of the saw cuts as well as all of the sanding and painting.

Cubes Used: 835
Creeper final Height: 20”

All in all, it took around a week to put this guy together and I only just managed to get my entry in on time!!

I used Titebond Original to glue the cubes together, only a dab on each cube was needed.

Thankfully it didn’t get slated for being too simplistic, and I think most people understood the amount of work involved in producing the cubes by hand and matching each of the cubes to the colour that is used in the game. All paint was custom mixed to try and get the overall feel as close to the genuine character as possible.

In the pictures above I show the creeper, the 2×4 used and also all of the cubes once they had been hand cut. If anybody would like any more info, please let me know.

All the Best


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#1 posted 06-17-2014 03:36 PM

I’ve never been able to get into minecraft….but a great number of people that I know are huge fans and have just about every mod you can think of for it. Even though it’s not my kinda of game, I think you nailed this one, awesome work !

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 03:55 PM

I don’t know anything about Minecraft Alistair, but can appreciate all the work you put into the model and the nice result too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 04:25 PM

Thank you stefang and Von for your comments.
Much Appreciated.

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 04:47 PM


-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 04:57 PM

wow. That is a LOT of little cubes. Did you leave him hollow? I mean… I would think so… You need to put the dynamite somewhere right?

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 05:47 PM

Wow, I can imagine how tedious that must have been. He came out looking very realistic (for a Creeper anyway). Do you have plans for his buddies the zombie and the skeleton monster?

My daughter got the whole family into playing that multiplayer on our phones and whatnot. It’s pretty fun as a group activity and the builder in me gets a kick out of it too.

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#7 posted 06-17-2014 05:52 PM

This may gave been a good application for hot hide glue and its rapid set time. Cool looking mascot; my kids are crazy about Minecraft.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 04:44 AM

My daughter will love this, she’s a little obsessed with Minecraft.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 06-18-2014 07:44 AM

Thanks for the comments guys:

Scootles: I certainly did leave him hollow! But didn’t consider the dynamite! Good point hehe!!!

DavidFisher: I hadn’t thought about the other mobs, will have to mull it over and see if I can face another cube by cube build without loosing my sanity!#

Mark Shymanski: Thanks, the titebond worked well, never even thought about a glue gun.

Rick M.: I hope your daughter likes it Rick.

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