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6 Sided Box Puzzle (Outside-In dice).

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 08-22-2021 06:32 AM 1072 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

Bear with me… no, it’s not a Pbb bear.
A dice is a six sided box and to make it puzzling, I decided to put the dice markings on the inside… now that makes sense… doesn’t it?
If more than one Mouse is referred to as Mice, is a 6 sided Dice a Douse?

While trolling the archives for more puzzles to compensate for my gummy left arm, I came across this Dave Richards (Fine Woodworking SketchUp fame) offering which I downloaded the SU model, then → CorelDraw → Laser,

only to find the bloody thing didn’t work… as would have been revealed by the SU model,

if I bothered to follow it through.

Dave mentioned that in his article, but why the hell should I have read that. After some innocent stalking, I tracked him down, contacted him and was informed of some modifications which I included as Version 2 in my design. I compensated by making the channels in two of the sides 1.5mm wider (increasing the overall length of those two sides by 3mm).

I have done the maths and it works,

so don’t bother grabbing for your calculator to verify my arithmetic and wasting your time and potentially confusing you even more.

Sticking to my MDF lamination technique, rather than using 4mm and 6mm dowels, I decided to cut my own out of 6mm sheet of MDF…

This worked out well as it presented an exact fit and I didn’t have to trim the dowels to length,

Upkeeping with my ridiculous concept of an outside-in dice, I engraved the dice markings on the respective insides of the laminated sides. With the engravings on the insides, it dawned on me that the assembled box would look somewhat lame without identification markings on the outside, so the idea of animal engravings externally came into fruition,

All the engravings were made using a triple pass of the laser, creating a 1.5mm deep “trench”

which was ebony woodfiller filled,

sanded and tung oiled,

Just a bit of trivia… did you know that the opposite sides of a dice add up to 7… if they don’t, you have fake dice!

Assembled, but not yet buffed,

and yet to find a residential zoo.

For those like me that hate reading, the following videos may make reading the above unnecessary,
  1. Sketchup.
  2. Build.
  3. Solution.

C’mon, fess up… how many of you went to check the sums on a Douse?

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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Ivan

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#1 posted 08-22-2021 06:39 AM

Where did you get all those ideas!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 08-22-2021 07:16 AM

Angular :)
Well done Alex, like all the other stuff you have made.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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crowie

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#3 posted 08-22-2021 07:19 AM

Well Alex, I was just thinking about you last week wondering how you were and what you were up to!

Low and behold, another Duck Brain Teaser Puzzle.

Nicely done Alex

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

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FrenchGoattoys

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#4 posted 08-22-2021 12:57 PM

if you ask me, I think the whole thing is a bit dicey!!

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 08-22-2021 01:23 PM

Fine work there Duck!

Great place to store all those extra dice stuffed in the game drawer, heck, you could even make a mouse hole on the side so your mouses could all shelter inside.

Ever think about packaging your puzzles fully assembled and have your instructions stashed inside?

Reverse your laser pictures (dots on the outside) and you’s have a perfect game piece for those fun outdoor lawn games one plays to kill time when the in-laws show up uninvited….

Thinking out of the box, what would happen if your shop flooded and water got to your stash of MDF?
Open the door and you’s be consumed by a huge blob of pulpy cream-of-wheat.

Sorry, it’s early here and my brain is still in the other room trying to find some pants.
Stay safe, rest that wing, and keep you stash dry!

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987Ron

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#6 posted 08-22-2021 01:47 PM

Like the box and the videos are great. Amusing, fun, and instructional. Thanks.

-- Ron

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 08-22-2021 01:59 PM

This one is a good head scratcher. Looks like a lot of fun. Cool project.

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

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robscastle

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#8 posted 08-22-2021 11:11 PM

Nice work there LBD the prototype worked out well.

Now for theproduction run I want to see 6 images of ducks.

So just in case you have some how managed to forget them

1. Donald
2. Daffy
3. Daisy
4. Dewey
5. Gyro
6. Scrooge, just to select six, and don’t cheat buy calling the same one Lewie and Hewie

Come to think of it why don’t you put six images of yourself on there as recognition of all the work you have put into reverse engineering and correcting documented mistakes or AKAas bloopers!

we are on a roll!

Quack quack, you have to say it twice as there is no echo!

Otherwise bloody good job mate !

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#9 posted 08-22-2021 11:26 PM

And what about the professor himself

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

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corelz125

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#10 posted 08-23-2021 12:27 AM

Keep them coming no matter what Pottz says. Puzzles intrigue me. The build can be a pain in the tail feathers but it’s fun watching someone try to open it. This one looks possible with regular woodworking tools. It is similar to one I made.

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#11 posted 08-23-2021 01:34 AM

WOW, you really are good at what you do…

That’s some build…very thorough, very well thought out and executed…

Cool to see, well done…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Pjonesy

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#12 posted 08-23-2021 05:54 AM

Another good story and instructions and probably the only things you can make with your bung arm.
Trouble is I worry that some of that excellent machinery you have downstairs is going to rust if you can’t get back to using them.
I want to know what happens when you roll the dice when playing a game?

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 08-23-2021 09:18 AM

I thank you all for humoring this lame duck! The arm is getting ridiculous and with little medical feedback due to our limiting consultations due to lockdowns, it’s hard to self diagnose whether it is improving or I’m just getting used to it with work-arounds. But then again there’s many worse off than me… imagine, all those tragics without licenses to drive to bottle shops.

If I forget to thank or reply to anyone that has commented in this thread, I apologise… I am sprinting away like crazy and will be giving these boxes away quicker than I can avoid C19… looked at some of the pictures I posted and I can’t seem to avoid sideways pictures… all be it due to engravings in the wrong orientation.


Where did you get all those ideas!
- Ivan
maj, to get ideas, go to bed with a gut full of vino and ignore the missus’s accusation of snoring… wake up with solution in hand!

if you ask me, I think the whole thing is a bit dicey!!
- FrenchGoattoys

I won’t insult you Frenchie by saying I didn’t ask… however, whatcha talkin’ ‘bout?... the Douses are hidden… BTW, Na-na, na-na! did you, or anyone else, realise that The “42” is divisable by 7... and to make it even more creepy… also by 6!

... Great place to store all those extra dice stuffed in the game drawer…

... instructions stashed inside?

Reverse your laser pictures (dots on the outside) and you s have a perfect game piece for those fun outdoor lawn games one plays to kill time when the in-laws show up uninvited….

Thinking out of the box… if your shop flooded and water got to your stash of MDF?
... and keep you stash dry!
- splintergroup


Phew, took me longer to read the reply than design, make the box and star in 3 videos to accompany it…

(Cheezez… was eaten by all the Mouses)...simply hide the box and you’ve auto hidden the Douses... Tried the dots on the outside, however, the box was a tad hard to roll… actually it wasn’t hard to roll/launch, but hard for it to turn when hitting the ground… I then designed the engravings with a water buffalo on the outside, but thought that was a lot of bull, so I opted for a horny rhino and a spayed elephant.

Not enough room in the box for both me and my casks, and was forced to try to think outside (the box)... had no issues as my workshop is renowned for flooding,

(and gets worse during the wet season) so I only carry water proof MDF... it does costs a tad more and is shit for coating with tung oil or water based paint, both of which just runs off it.


... This one looks possible with regular woodworking tools. It is similar to one I made.
- corelz125

Definitely possible with conventional lasers, CNC’s or NASA equipment.

I believe Dave (my inspiration for this) probably did the same as you… Do you have measurements and what is the secret?
The original design I got was not practical.

If you have more puzzles.. I haven’t got Square Pants and duck, not bob… but I do a good chamois impersonation…


... I want to know what happens when you roll the dice when playing a game?
- Pjonesy

I just insist I rolled a 6... unless 1 is the winner.
WOW, you really are good at what you do…
- mtnwild

Thanks wildone... I just wish the missus didn’t prefix my skill with BULL!

... Now for theproduction run I want to see 6 images of ducks.

So just in case you have some how managed to forget them

1. Donald
2. Daffy
3. Daisy
4. Dewey
5. Gyro
6. Scrooge, just to select six, and don t cheat buy calling the same one Lewie and Hewie
- robscastle


Now that gets the juices flowing though I’m not into nepotism, so Donald, Daisy, Dewey are at the bottom of my long list… however would consider,

  1. A sad Pluto (the sacked planet).
  2. Goofy (reminds me of me).
  3. Fe$tool McDuck.
  4. The Beagle Boys
  5. Gyro, with a gear loose like moi.
  6. Filament, always loved him

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

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FrenchGoattoys

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#14 posted 08-24-2021 04:46 AM

I won’t insult you Frenchie by saying I didn’t ask… however, whatcha talkin’ ‘bout?... the Douses are hidden… BTW, Na-na, na-na! did you, or anyone else, realise that The “42” is divisable by 7… and to make it even more creepy… also by 6!

Well, technically, you did ask. You posted in an forum, ergo – you solicited comments and thereby asked me what I think.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 08-24-2021 06:14 AM



Well, technically, you did ask. You posted in an forum, ergo – you solicited comments and thereby asked me what I think.
- FrenchGoattoys

Sorry to offend…here in Victoria (Downtown Churchill) we get arrested for soliciting…

Was it in my wording?... I will not call you Frenchie again… will Goaty be better?

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

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