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Concentration is the Name of the Game.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 10-15-2021 07:28 AM 659 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boy and Girls,

Just to confirm that I am a fully-fledged deviant, here is a deviation from my current puzzle fetish that made me game enough to venture into gaming… no, not gambling though you could drop a few shekels my way if you are a generous thrillseeker.

I should never have introduced at least one of my friends to this Lumberjock’s Forum. An old friend was browsing through the projects, and she immediately dialled in on and started to hassle me about one of Jolien’s projects of which she reminded me about a show we both watched on TV oh so many, many, many years ago. The show was called Concentration and I still remember it with affection in black and white

Well no amount of coaxing was going to make me plagiarise one of a fellow LJ’s project… not even the offer of a ½ cask of vino… BUT, when I was bribed with the other ½ of the cask upon completion and delivery of a working product, I just couldn’t resist.

Having a swag of Disney

and Looney Tunes clip-art caricatures, I had the theme, I just had to draw up the tiles, lay them out and prompt the laser into operation.

I tried a Goofy sample, on 30mm x 30mm x 3mm MDF (with flocked back),

As with all my puzzles, I am forever seeking to miniaturise them so they can be kept in my pockets and hand them out as freebies as I sneak out during lockdown… just kidding… I don’t sneak, just waddle.
I tried some miniature 15mm x 15mm,

While the engraving was “crystal clear”, the tiles were just too small to see except very close up,

so that idea was reluctantly abandoned.

CorelDraw was my choice and opted for a 6×6 matrix requiring 18 pairs of tiles.

There was no underlying rebus as per the original TV game, but the matching pairs was not an accident.

Undecided whether to Disney or go Looney, I flipped a coin and decided to do a set of each.

Unfortunately it was not a case of my favourite characters but more so which would make more attractive tiles. Picked a fair variety of 18 different characters for each set, however, to my horror, I later discovered I omitted Daffy from the Looney set.
Then I remembered that there are heaps of people on this planet of mine that are humourless and so solemn that I chose a set of alphabets to appease those sour pusses (though a cat theme might have been just as appropriate)

I chose to size each tile as 30mm², for no other reason than to make a relatively small portable set that could easily be carried around.

First step was to engrave the characters on a sheet of MDF. I ganged the 3 sets together,

engraved the MDF


and then proceeded to ebony wood fill the engraved recess,

to create what I think is a more presentable tile. The engraving was then sanded and topped up

to take out all the missed gaps and indentations,

The back of the sheet was then flocked,

Back to the laser to cut out the tiles,

Made up 2 “jigs” to hold 8 pieces each for easier sanding

I did get a tad carried away with the sanding and bottomed through the filler

Though later I found a chip under one tile lifting it and sanding was uneven causing the “blow through”,

and buffing,

I hate loose pieces and realised a plastic baggie a bit barbaric and my Tormek isn’t set up to sharpen sewing needles, consequently a cloth bag was out of the question.

Off to SketchUp to design a box to house each set of 36 tiles,

and the job for the laser

then through to CorelDraw, to design some instructions on the lid of the box and send it to the laser for cutting and engraving.

Also designed some pseudo-rules to make multiple players a tad more competative,

Rubber banded and taped some of the boxes to test fit,

before that dreaded glue up.

Risked the router table with my still dodgy left arm and with some safety guides, routed a channel for the lid,

then the glue up,

… and bugger that bloke that had the audacity to utter the bullshit that ”you can have too many clamps”.
I had 6 sets of tiles requiring 6 boxes that needed to be buffed,

and the tiles had to be sorted into sets as I thought it would be too cruel to mix the 3 sets up prior to distribution,

Of course I had to unpack a set,

and have a test run against myself using the matrix setup,

the random layout,

I barely won, but I did have to cheat.

Did make a video if only to get the opportunity to wear my animal nightie again.

The arm is still dodgy, but I need sympathy for something else…
Because of lockdown, I didn’t get my ½ cask deposit, and with the postage shortage, it’ll be a while before I can post the box of tiles for me to claim the second ½ of the vino… In the meantime, I will continue to have nightmares about the missing 1st ½ (of the cask). Life is sooo cruel!

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 10-15-2021 07:37 AM

You are programing all this, turn on LASER and CNC, than sit and drink coffee….Who’s doing all woodworking??.....hehehehe

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 10-15-2021 07:55 AM


You are programing all this, turn on LASER and CNC, than sit and drink coffee….Who s doing all woodworking??.....hehehehe

- Ivan


You are 99% right… not coffee… vino!

Sorry, 98%... no CNC.

-- 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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#3 posted 10-15-2021 08:21 AM

Now I like this puzzle game Alex, as I’m pretty sure I could do it.
Nicely done “ducky”!

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

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 10-15-2021 09:22 AM

Comforting to hear that no amount of bribery can get you to….......... WINE ...... Now what was I saying??? Suddenly everything turned to WINE

Ahhh never mind, the WINE is calling someone.

As usual love the presentation, and of course the neat project. Keep us smiling Alex.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Eric

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#5 posted 10-15-2021 09:39 AM

Neat puzzle LBD. You forget the Road Runner.

I remember watching the Lonny Tunes every Saturday morning.

-- Eric, building the dream

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 10-15-2021 10:00 AM



Comforting to hear that no amount of bribery can get you to….......... WINE ...... Now what was I saying??? Suddenly everything turned to WINE

Ahhh never mind, the WINE is calling someone….
- therealSteveN


Yeah, it’s novel me wineing about wine. vinoing about vino doesn’t sound as whineing!

...You forget the Road Runner.

I remember watching the Lonny Tunes every Saturday morning.
- Eric


Was never a Road Runner fan… was always rooting for Wylie... unfortunately I didn’t have enough well defined caricature of him. All the ones I had showed him emancipated through NOT catching that bloody foul fowl,

and I needed 4 images for a “set”...

Should have stuck to my girlie silhouettes.

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

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robscastle

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#7 posted 10-15-2021 10:36 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B69ew9FtRF0

bloody 47 minutes its like a covid injection you need a small doses over a long period of time

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 10-15-2021 11:13 AM



bloody 47 minutes its like a covid injection you need a small doses over a long period of time
- robscastle

Be glad you didn’t watch it in reverse… it would have taken 74 setunim… time for the booster.

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

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 10-15-2021 01:19 PM

I remember watching Concentration as a kid, loved that show. Cool nostalgic little game you made there.
Well done and thought out.

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

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987Ron

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#10 posted 10-15-2021 01:28 PM

Another great puzzle and how to. Very nice.

-- Ron

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 10-15-2021 02:13 PM

Concentration, another long forgotten memory dredged back up that will assuredly replace the memory of something more useful, like how to count. 8^)

Another winner you have here! The neighbors must think you are developing the next miracle drug that leaves that lingering burnt MDF smell wafting about.

I know that the flocking is an innate ability of ducksters, but you have the lock on making a good puzzle with a great story (yeah, I said story, not sure I really believe all this is real 8^)

Save those for use as gifts. with all the shortages and gift season coming up, people will be hunting you down to shake you down!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#12 posted 10-15-2021 04:18 PM

I can see you put lots of work into setting up for this one Alex! You come up with some very interesting project’s!
How hard is it to learn how to use the lazar printer?

The Concentration game show was first appeared on NBC 1958. I was only 12 year old; I remember it well but I have a hard time remembering my neighbors names LOL!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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hairy

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#13 posted 10-15-2021 05:10 PM

That’s a good one!

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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pottz

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#14 posted 10-15-2021 07:42 PM

well even though i give you a hard time i gotta admit you do some pretty cool stuff my duckling.

-- 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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bobfromsanluis

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#15 posted 10-15-2021 09:00 PM

Quite an interesting project to see here, and good quality workmanship; my only caution to you is copyright infringement; Disney especially is death on anyone attempting to make any profit in any way, shape or form off of any of their images. Something made to be given away, no issue, anything made to sell to anyone for any price, and you will eventually get a very threatening letter from their legal team. Good luck, be cautious using anyone else’s artwork for any project that you might think about selling. I come from a field where this has been a very long standing issue (I make art rubber stamps) and was able to shut down a line that someone tried to copy us with their own line of stamps. Disney will go after grandmothers making items to sell at their church rummage sale if anything resembles anything Disney makes. Be careful.

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