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Project by BaritoneWoods posted 03-30-2021 03:30 PM 785 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I may be cheating to call this a “project,” but it’s more difficult than it looks: configure 26 blocks so that each letter appears six times… and in the right sequence. 1.5” cubes cut from a 2×4 framing stud. Wood-burned letters smell really nice as a work-in-progress… one of the few woodworking tasks my wife will welcome in the kitchen. Lends itself well to social interaction while you work. Still, swapping out 26 irons is, um, a labor of love .

-- Still so much to learn!





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 03-30-2021 09:18 PM

I am assuming that each block has a different combination of letters (eg. not all “A”s)...

Is there an algorythm that the design is based on?

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More pictures (please) may provide greater insight.

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

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BaritoneWoods

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#2 posted 03-30-2021 09:35 PM

More pictures (please) may provide greater insight.

- LittleBlackDuck

Just takes a little planning and concentration. Can’t see replicating this on any scale, since the real time eater is swapping out the irons. Everyone values their time differently… me, I consider this a one-time project, worthwhile putting a smile on a four-year-old girl’s face.

-- Still so much to learn!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 03-30-2021 10:41 PM

Thanks for that BW...

Not sure whether I will make some, however, having access to a laser would make my job easier if I set up a 1” x 1” x 26”+ (allowing for the saw kerf) strip(s), engraved a letter set, rotated the strip and repeat (6 times)... then cut the 26 blocks…

Could mass produce relatively easily.

Would that image above be available in a PDF that I could import and plagiarise?

-- 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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#4 posted 03-30-2021 10:44 PM

Actually having second thoughts, I know of a few ankle bitters (and big people) that would appreciate that as a puzzle…

Problem is, most big people I know can’t spell.

Just watch pottzy blow a fuse at the mention of a puzzle!

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

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BaritoneWoods

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#5 posted 03-30-2021 11:01 PM


Would that image above be available in a PDF that I could import and plagiarise?

- LittleBlackDuck

All you need to do is clip & snip from the screen… folks are probably doing that already

-- Still so much to learn!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 03-30-2021 11:35 PM

I could download the image, however, as a PDF I can import into Coredraw and use the letters in a table format.

With an image I have to type it in manually… prone to error.

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

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crowie

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#7 posted 03-31-2021 12:02 AM

I have a grandson who’s obsessed with letters and numbers, he’d love something like this for sure!

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 03-31-2021 12:08 AM

Few more questions BW, please.

Are the letters arranged randomly on each block or is there a static pattern radiating around the correct letter?

Is there a generic name for the puzzle?

Is there a WEB site that may define the puzzle..

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

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Eric

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#9 posted 03-31-2021 01:09 AM

That is a neat project, I agree time consuming with the lettering. However they could be painted on.

-- Eric, building the dream

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torus

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#10 posted 03-31-2021 02:21 AM



I could download the image, however, as a PDF I can import into Coredraw and use the letters in a table format.

With an image I have to type it in manually… prone to error.

- LittleBlackDuck

Use the Excel! The letters in next column – is shifting down by one. The bottom letter is going on top

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 03-31-2021 04:42 AM


Use the Excel! The letters in next column – is shifting down by one. The bottom letter is going on top
- torus

Good pickup t’... I never analysed it (forest for the trees syndrome) and now feel totally embarrased as I keyed it in manually… reading in English, left to right I thought it may have been random or an Enigma based secret algorythm.

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

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Ocelot

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#12 posted 03-31-2021 11:41 AM



Thanks for that BW...

Not sure whether I will make some, however, having access to a laser would make my job easier if I set up a 1” x 1” x 26”+ (allowing for the saw kerf) strip(s), engraved a letter set, rotated the strip and repeat (6 times)... then cut the 26 blocks…

- LittleBlackDuck

But you have to burn the cut sides too.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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torus

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#13 posted 03-31-2021 11:59 AM


But you have to burn the cut sides too.

- Ocelot

I would cut cubes first and put them in the “holder” for burning letters.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 03-31-2021 12:33 PM


But you have to burn the cut sides too.

- Ocelot

I would cut cubes first and put them in the “holder” for burning letters.

- torus


Brain cells have been on holidays… can’t even blame alcohol…

Have designed jig for engraving 4 sides of the strip and cut and individually mount the last 2 sides…

at least I “think” I know what I want.

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

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crowie

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#15 posted 04-01-2021 03:50 AM


But you have to burn the cut sides too.

- Ocelot

I would cut cubes first and put them in the “holder” for burning letters.

- torus

Brain cells have been on holidays… can t even blame alcohol…

Have designed jig for engraving 4 sides of the strip and cut and individually mount the last 2 sides…

at least I “think” I know what I want.

- LittleBlackDuck

Now who’s a clever ducky

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

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