Sometimes I a maze myself

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I always wanted to make a wooden maze so I did.

The material is lumber core that was salvaged from a Sylvania console stereo that my Dad bought in the early ‘60s. It’s 7/8” thick with a poplar core and mahagony veneer on both sides. The side I cut was the better mahagony side.

I cut the maze with a 1/4” cutter at a depth of 5/16”. I actually wanted to use a 5/16” round corner cutter but alas the cupboard was bare. My 1/4” ball bearings did not fit, after all what do you expect when you cut a 1/4” groove. So I searched, Amazon where else, and I found .236” brass ball bearings which fit the grooves without any problem.

I expect, my grandkids may want to play with this so I added a 3/16” plexiglass cover, also from Amazon, and mounted it with my four very last four slotted brass screws. I cut a radius, and polished, on the top edge of the plexiglass just to make it softer to the touch.

Laying out this first maze itself was not easy but now I have figured out how to do almost any maze. Another thing I learned was that a paper maze is typically smaller because the “wall” thickness is only a broad line and I wanted to keep a minimum 1/4” wall which I did in most cases (the thin walls are visible to the discerning eye)! There are three solutions to this maze and a section that has no entrance or exit (another silly mistake).

It was a fun project, kept me out of trouble and busy while being locked up!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#1 posted 04-11-2020 01:30 AM

Well you should be, you ARE a maze ing.

-- I only know... what I know....

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#2 posted 04-11-2020 04:28 AM

I like the maze and the plexiglass cover idea. Ya, let the grand kids play. I hope you bought a couple extra balls anyway.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 04-11-2020 07:28 AM

Quite the labyrinth, all it needs is a minotaur.

-- Rick M,

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Henri Monnier

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#4 posted 04-11-2020 10:27 AM

Looks good, really like the cover, no loosing the ball. I have made several, not my design though. Good site for various designs and options at:

-- |~ Henrii~|- - We'll be friends till we're old and senile... Then we'll be new friends!!

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#5 posted 04-11-2020 11:33 AM

The beauty of this work is that we all are looking to find the exit ,but with this piece not only the grand-kids will get interest in your work, bravo, keep yourself and your love ones in the safety of the your maze. there is a lesson in everything that happens to us meanwhile lets share a smile.

-- andrek

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#6 posted 04-11-2020 11:37 AM

There are three solutions to this maze and a section that has no entrance or exit (another silly mistake).

Certainly an exercise in patience and it paid off – great toy and great execution. It took me 5 minutes but I found 2 blocked sections.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 04-11-2020 07:08 PM

Great idea and a useful result!



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#8 posted 04-11-2020 08:31 PM

You are certainly showing your patience with this one.
Very very original,
great work

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#9 posted 04-11-2020 10:18 PM


-- Desert_Woodworker

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#10 posted 04-12-2020 12:55 AM

Yes doubleDD I bought ten brass balls from Amazon because when the grandkids get tired of one I will add another to increase the difficulty level.

Thanks Henri Monnier I went the website you posted after I did my maze and this looks like an easier way to get a useable maze.

Thank all for your amazing comments.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#11 posted 04-12-2020 01:58 PM

Hans, very nice work.
I always enjoyed mazes and used to draw many of them on graph paper.

The grandkids will be entertained for sure.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Grant Davis

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#12 posted 04-13-2020 12:52 PM

Fantastic project. I can see some of these in the future as gifts for my nieces and nephews. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#13 posted 04-15-2020 02:57 AM

Amazing work Oldnovice & a well deserved Top3 award

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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