Another Dice Puzzle

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Project by albachippie posted 12-18-2012 09:36 AM 2713 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of a project posted by KnotCursor, vipond33, and others. I have yet to make a box for it.

The timber is American White Oak for the main body and Maple for the pips. That was mistake number 1, as, once oiled, the maple all but dissapeared against the oak. This is why I burnt a decal on to each dot.

I am quite dissapointed in that really, but I still have time to make another one before Christmas. It ia a gift for my father in law, so it needs to be good!!

Thanks for looking, and, as always, comments welcome,


Edit: if you notice, the pips are square. This is because they were mortised out with a benchtop mortiser and some square maple glued in, then sanded flat

Edit2!: Added a photo of the box I made for this puzzle. Thanks to Gene for the inspiration!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#1 posted 12-18-2012 11:30 AM

Before you explained I wondered “How on earth did he do those inlays? they look great”. And they still do. I wouldn’t call it a mistake but a fine recovery and I really like the subtlety of the piece. Just make a box with that pattern writ large and you’re done.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 12:27 PM

That’s a great encouragement indeed from the master! I’ve never tried inlay, and something this small I can’t even imagine. I like your idea of replicating the design on the box, hadn’t thought of that.

Thanks for commenting Gene,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 12:34 PM

I think they look really good! I was staring as well and asking “how’d he DO that???”. ;-)

So, how hard was it mortising end grain????

Good work Garry!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 01:40 PM

Thanks bob, I wish I hadn’t said I used an iron now. Kept the pretence of an expert inlay operative!
I’ll be honest, the end grain was no problem. I set up a stop jig on my mortiser and clamped each piece individually. My chisels are pretty new mind you.
Thanks again for commenting,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 12:26 AM

Very nice puzzle and I am very interested in that pattern and may just replicate it on one of my future projects ,may I have your permission .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 02:34 PM

Maybe you are disappointed, but i think they look great. I wouldn’t change anything or do them over. From what i imagine you describe making i would take what you have here instead.

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 03:21 PM

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 07:51 PM

Thanks all for your encouraging words.

Kiefer, use it no problem. I have grown to quite like it now, and may use it myself in other projects too. I am going to make up a template. If you want I can send you a copy.

Thanks again all,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#9 posted 12-23-2012 12:38 PM

Nice job Gary. That should keep him busy for a few hours.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 12-23-2012 07:35 PM

Thanks Andy. I hope it does keep him busy. He has a very mathmatical brain, and is very logical, so we’ll see. I am going to time him!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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