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Sliding down Memory Lane.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 02-26-2021 11:30 AM 783 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

Before yawl burst into a chorus of not another bloody puzzle… show me a turner that stops after the first bowl/vase, the Woodie that only makes 1 box or that solitary slimline pen… I rest my case, Yoronnar.

So it’s time for a trip down Memory lane… way, way long before Abbey Road and the beat les(s) mystery tour.
Rather than ask the question ”Who had played with one of these sliding puzzles?” in their youth,

you’d get less hands up to count if instead you asked ”Who never has?”

It wasn’t till I searched the WEB for a picture of the original ”plastic slider” that I was gobsmacked by the current price… a mere 6 shekels. Hell what a waste making it… tallying up a small fortune if I costed time as well as consumables… and I haven’t included the wet refreshments. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was packaging it up for a new LJ project, I would have called on old man vino to wipe it from my memory banks.

I did get my jollies in designing it in SketchUp using 18mm x 18mm squares and laminating 3mm thick pieces with 3mm dia. dowels,


then through CorelDraw

and eventually imortalising it in MDF on my laser.

Unfortunately my initial design of 3mm dowels was a tad (1mm) narrower in diameter than what was available… smallest was 4mm supplied by Bunnings.

Being “undeterred” due to a shortage of TP, I put it together as an exercise,


without the dowels. While it could be manipulated, the pieces kept delaminating.

Back to the drawing board, I decided to round off the corners and thinking it might be easier to move, I changed the dimensions to 17.5mm x 17.5mm and chose to use 2mm dia. tooth-picks… another apology pottzy for more use for tooth-picks,

It’s a pain in the arse when one goes through the exercise of design, cutting, preparing toot-pick dowels, glue up, sanding, engraving, wood filling, sanding, buffing, assembly, more sanding, more buffing


and find that this time it was too loose and pieces began to fall out… hell I could re-assemble it back in place.

The gauntlet has been thrown. Back to the design table (SketchUp) and went back to the 18mm x 18mm rounded corners with 2mm tooth-picks as alignment/reinforcement dowels.

Couple of assembly jigs and engraving jigs,

Through the full process again and finished up with a very executable puzzle,


all that remained was to buff them up,

And to think, if I costed time, materials, and equipment it only cost me about $300 to make what would have been an expensive $6 trinket. Lucky I’m so frugal.
If I sold them for cost, I could buy a bucketload of push button nuts.

Keep safe jocks... and your jocks safe!

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





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 02-26-2021 01:42 PM

I LIKE this puzzle best of all you made GREAT JOB :<))

NOW …. for the challenge … Please make a Ducky cube … but instaed of colors use ABC or 123

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Ivan

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#2 posted 02-26-2021 01:59 PM

One of my favourite childhood games!! Good work buddy

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 02-26-2021 04:13 PM

Just think of all those MDF trees being sacrificed for these puzzles!

The thing I love the most is your re-engineering solutions, some part of your blood-brain barrier is keeping those cells well lubricated! You also need some shop elves to do that drudge work (sanding, etc). Give you more time to sit on the throne and ponder the next device. You need to get half the people to unbend their necks, drop their bloody phones, and grab one of your puzzles while assuming the same position. Making a chromed version would get the other half to say “oooh shiney!” and do the same 8^)

Still waiting for the Rubick’s cube…..

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crowie

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#4 posted 02-26-2021 09:22 PM

Yes Alex, I’m pretty sure we all had a dozen of them growing up, from memory they came as the puzzle on the show sample bags at the Royal Agricultural Society annual show in Brisbane Exhibition Grounds each August school holidays.

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

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Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 02-26-2021 11:46 PM

+1

-- Desert_Woodworker

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987Ron

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#6 posted 02-27-2021 01:47 AM

Enjoyed the narrative on the build. The product was pretty good as well. Thanks.

-- Ron

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Eric

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#7 posted 02-27-2021 01:56 AM

LBD, you are giving everyone flash backs. Great job and love your description of the build.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Desert_Woodworker

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#8 posted 02-27-2021 02:10 AM

Question on your choice of the lumber fonts as compared to the original font? Maybe a Helvetica font would be easier on the eyes.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 02-27-2021 02:34 AM

Nice work. Now you need one in Roman numerals, that would be interesting at a party. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 02-27-2021 02:49 AM

Thanks all for the favourable comments… Thought it would still up memories from many vterans’ past.

Nevertheless, this has cost me an additional fortune… I have had a number of requests and I scream no bloody way... I gave each person that asked for one, $6 to go out and buy their own from a gift shop… no way was I gonna go and sand and buff 15 small pieces between drinks.

crowie, we were too poor to go to the Royal Shows in the big smoke… I had to beat up my school friends to get my puzzle.

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 02-27-2021 03:17 AM



Maybe a Helvetica font would be easier on the eyes.
- Desert Woodworker

... Now you need one in Roman numerals…
- woodbutcherbynight

wbbn, I can handle Romani as they have ”i”s… but sorry DW, in my alphabet, numbers don’t have ”i”s let alone 15 unique ones…

Furthermore, this is a wood project… the font is pinewood!

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

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Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 02-27-2021 03:19 AM

+ FANTASTIC project- enjoyed…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 02-27-2021 03:47 AM

WoW LBD! That is quite a project. Congrats on the top 3.

-- 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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pottz

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#14 posted 02-27-2021 04:11 AM

more puzzles….........................i cant! luv ya though!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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mel52

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#15 posted 02-27-2021 05:20 AM

Great to see one of these again. Had one similar to this when I was kid. Another excellent job. Thanks for showing. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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