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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,
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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!



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

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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Neat puzzle LBD. You forget the Road Runner.

I remember watching the Lonny Tunes every Saturday morning.
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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

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Another great puzzle and how to. Very nice.
 

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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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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!
 

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That's a good one!
 

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

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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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I remember watching Concentration as a kid…
- doubleDD
Great memory DD²... though undecided whether it's about the show or being a kid.
... yeah, I said story, not sure I really believe all this is real 8^)...
- splintergroup
Hey splinter, a duck without a tail is like a bum without a hole… not worth a crap!
... How hard is it to learn how to use the lazar printer?...
- woodshaver Tony C
Using the printer is dirt easy… all I need to do is "print to the laser" much like printing to an inkjet,
Click on the picture for larger/clearer view.


The design software has a learning curve. I use SketchUp and CorelDraw (though freebie Inkscape will do CorelDraw and Fusion360 is alternative to SketchUp).
There are heaps of YouTube tutorial videos for all the mentioned software that may require just a few hours of investment to get started. Just remember the laser is 2D which is easier than 3D CNC. While SketchUp is 3D design, the final product is 2D... though I use 3D for 3D printing. So all this makes me seem like a real smart arse, but now you all know the truth.
I have a computer programming background which may sound impressive but was bugger all useful for computer based artistic design. I also had to learn from scratch at the start with my only advantage being at ease on a computer.
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!
- woodshaver Tony C
We got TV later than you guys, so all the puzzled had already been solved, which made it easier for us Aussies… Also by then, we were more grey scale than Black and White...
well even though i give you a hard time…..
- pottz
C'mon pottzy, you're letting me off too easy… Is your skew chisel so blunt you've mellowed and can't remember how to take a scarring dig? Are you all Gunny'ed out or is that tilling getting the better of you?
 

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... 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…
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Thanks for the heads-up bfsl... warning appreciated… worth noting by other members.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, with my age, the closest I get to peddling my wares is piddling my pants.
All my puzzles/projects are freebie "give aways" or prezzies for family and friends. All I might ever charge for is postage costs, but that's cause a have a tight chocolate starfish.
The only commercial venture I got involved in was my very first project posted here at LJ around 6 years ago… I'm no salesman and found it too much of a hassle.

I just hope, based on your warning, Lizzy the Beth (or maybe Charlie the Ears) doesn't have a copyright on the Queen's English if I decide to sell my Alphabet theme

... if sometime in the future the "fan" is hit (if you know what I mean).
 

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...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.

- LittleBlackDuck
Ahemm Earth to Duck, Earth to Duck…. Remember it is called The ROADRUNNER, not the Wylie Coyote hour.

Who couldn't LOVE the Roadrunner Beep beep…......
 

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C'mon pottzy, you're letting me off too easy… Is your skew chisel so blunt you've mellowed and can't remember how to take a scarring dig? Are you all Gunny'ed out or is that tilling getting the better of you?

damn duckie im tryin my best to say something nice,and it aint easy with all your puzzles and games.im thinkin if i take your game and encapsulate it in epoxy i could turn it into a bowl ? then i could really embrace what youve done !
 
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