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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 03-06-2019 01:35 PM 724 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boy and Girls,

Got a bout of inspiration from my last project 日 本 の パ ズ ル and decided to fullfill a lifelong ambition of building a larger version of my cube puzzle (45mm x 45mm x 45mm),

which bought from Bernard’s Magic shop in Melbourne while I was at uni (circa 1967-68).

The new big one has dimensions of 120mm x 120mm x 120mm and weight a ton… well nearly and thats why it’s tagged as The Brick!

I won’t bore you with the build details other than, this was also out of MDF and laser cut and dowel alligned…

one of the MDF sheets (300mm x600mm) off the laser.

As it was imported into SketchUp, the measurements are readily available for making out of solid timber by anyone interested in puzzles…

After making the full Monty,

I decided to do a mini-me (60mm x 60mm x 60mm) of it.

I liked it so much that I made another…

actually that’s BS as I stained it black and I didn’t know whether I liked it or not so I made another one to stain black… but I decide not to… no, not to make it but stain it!

Gave the big daddy a coat of tung oil

and let the little nippers frolick around naked.

Eventually the three of them were slapped around on the buffing wheel to put a shine on their faces. Buffed with tripoli, diamond dust and carnauba waxes which was no mean feat as it took a bloody lot of hours.

The little black stained one turned out to be two puzzles in one. The first challenge was to find the bloody thing amongst my black cabinets…

jester4977 proved that fabrication was not limited to lasers by making my previous puzzle in about 2 hours out of solid timber using conventional woodworking tools. Well not happy to be made a joke of, I thought I’d try my hand at solid timber on the table saw. Bad move… I belong to the group that measures 3 times cuts once, stuffs that cut up and repeats the cycle about 3 times until I eventually measure once and cut 3 times… this latter way, at least then one may actually work.
I made a lot of oopsies…

Brought about by,
  1. Sawdust and chips between the work and the TS fence.
  2. Forgetting to push the piece against the stop block.
  3. Incorrect orientation.
  4. Wrong grain direction.
  5. Using parts with faulty/cracked grain.

And that is just a list of problems I couldn’t remember…

I tried to make a “solid” puzzle out of burl (not sure what type it was)

but after a few stuff ups I ran out of that timber and had to finish it ups using pine… rather than waste what was “workable”.

I have made a video of assembling the pieces and for those that hate videos and love to read, you can read about it here.

AND… If you are not a fan of puzzles don’t read this post and just sit back and wait for the next “puzzle” one I have in the pipeline….

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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Andre

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#1 posted 03-06-2019 03:20 PM

LOL! Must be nice to have so much spare time?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 03-06-2019 04:30 PM

I like them all.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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EarlS

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#3 posted 03-06-2019 05:04 PM

You should use the oopsies to make a new version of the puzzle that may or may not be solvable.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 03-06-2019 05:50 PM



LOL! Must be nice to have so much spare time?

- Andre

Still admirable work from all aspects!

YOUR PATIENCE has to be almost saintly! Mine would expire much much sooner!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 03-06-2019 11:36 PM

Andre, start a project that you are hesitant to continue with and you’ll have two spare lifetimes up your sleeve as well.

Earls, I will use the oopsies as presents to people I don’t like! Lucky I made a lot of oopsies as I have a lot of enemies…

ralbuck, I have little patience as well… no I don’t work for the Royal Childrend’s Hospital…
After all these years I finally dismantled the bought one and couldn’t put it back together again… That’s why I built a new one so I could record dismantling it to enable me to memorise how to put it back together and use that on the bought one.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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metolius

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#6 posted 03-07-2019 04:35 AM

You’ve got my eye on the pipeline as I wonder how many of these I’ll try.

-- derek / oregon

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crowie

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#7 posted 03-09-2019 10:03 PM

Very clever but way above my pay grade!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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StephenGiderson

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#8 posted 03-16-2019 04:11 AM

I would love to see a video of you solving it please. It would be such a satisfying timelapse to watch especially if you record it in slow-mo. I would be amazed if the puzzle eventually turns into a storage box for gift ideas.

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 03-16-2019 05:32 AM

Nicely done, Sir Ducky. I’m with Earl in thinking the oopsies should be assembled, with glue if necessary, and given to people who get told that they’re a very tight fit.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 03-16-2019 09:29 AM



I would love to see a video of you solving it please….
- StephenGiderson

S’G’, there’s a link to the video near the bottom of the original post. However, if you wish to enjoy without my ugly profile, try this link.

.... the oopsies should be assembled, with glue if necessary, and given to people who get told that they’re a very tight fit….
- Dave Polaschek

D’P’
, I was gonna distribute a random selection of 12 pieces to infer a full set to my enemies, however, pre-gluing seems like just as good an option.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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