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Boys and Girls,

When I was told to use rabbet joins I didn't realise that my mentor was actually talking about rabbits… holy faeces, these bloody puzzles breed worse than mice… just like rabbits...


I thought I exhausted all my shenanigans with my last puzzle post but I was whipped into submission and cut (burned) a few more… hell blame mtairymd, he implanted those subliminal messages in this befuddled brain when I checked out some of his posts.

Now for all you puritans, plagiarism is not a sneak peak into a bordello but rather pinching other people's creations and calling it my own… guilty, but in all fairness I will acknowledge the author and then claim the accolades for myself.

Let's dispense with this rather insidious BS and get the teeth imbedded into a bit of MDF.

What I have presented are,
  1. Hex Puzzle.
  2. 6 Piece Burr Puzzle
  3. Late addition 12 Piece burr Puzzle
  4. Later addition of extra versions of the 6 and 12 piece puzzles…


yep, bin bizi.

As always, I have used 6mm MDF… laminated… 4mm dowel aligned… Now all you purists close down on your proverbial cloaca's…

This all takes time so I will "chronologise" it using my consumption of 2L vino casks (this does not include sober up time).

It takes 1/4 cask of vino to extrude the plugs,




1/2 cask of vino to cut the 48 dowels,


1 cask of vino to glue up,


another 1 cask to scrape off the burn marks,


1 more bloody casks to sand


and 2 more if you want to sand properly….


5 bleeding casks to buff all the pieces through the 3 grades of waxes…


then the pieces needed to be assembled


and by this time it is a tad difficult to focus on the parts let alone follow some sort of assembly pattern.

Eventually they got gotten, and for those interested I have made the SU and PDF for the Hexagon Puzzle and the Burr Puzzles, with measurements hidden somewhere in that lot… and no video available to all you puzzled suckers… late addition, may have sneaked in some sort of animation…

I will try to let the above 12.75 casks wear off and dressed in my official tattered blue top, mumble my way through some videos on how to struggle putting the puzzles together. so for all you non-readers, here's a video that explains nothing!

Just as an after thought, FYI in case you may be debating making some of these puzzles. They are a tremendous source of entertainment. If you have guest and hand them the puzzle, not too many hosts (that's you) would have the patience to sit back and watch them struggle for a few hours… and fail while you complacently blend into further oblivion through the assistance of a bottomless cask of vino. Now if you are a materialist, you would not trust them to take the puzzle home to hide their shame in trying to solve it… hey I know as with my friends I had trouble getting my 10c back let alone the puzzlle (see my UnaBox about the 10c)... so after a few minutes you show them how clever you are by solving it before their eyes… just make sure you practice the solving or be prepared to make a bigger fool of yourself. They will think you're a smart rrrs, shout you a vino and when you look at your watch, you may notice you have spent a few hours in pleasant entertainment without reverting to that bloody TV (or baby photos).

PS. mtairymd YOU are to blame!

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I just love your videos Ducky i could listen to you all day GREAT JOB :<)))
 

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You are a busy puzzle man lately. Do you like to make this one:



If you like it I have some drawings for you.
 

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MUCH MUCH Better thee than me!

Neat, but,I am NEVER even going to attempt something l;ike that!
 

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I'm really happy they reproduce down there because I KNOW they won't reproduce in my shop.

btw - great read, great video and exceptional patience in helping the reproduction
 

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they are amazing
 

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Thanks for you comments, boys and girls…

GR8, they sound even better with the volume on mute!

Dutchy, I'm a fool not a masochist… thanks for the offer but I will kindly decline.

I have found that with a dado stack (and a dado sled), these type of puzzles (with the exception of the hexagon) are actually quite easy… I use the MDF laminations principle as I need to justify the existence of my laser (long story).

For example, this burr,


is done with a few dado (or router passes) and 11 snips with a mitre saw (or table saw sled).
 

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Any particular reason as to why the Combination Lock has been locked out?
I did check your video and I can confirm again yet another nil appearance there of the Combination Lock, also
I then closely examined all 52 of your projects, expecting to see an appearance there, nup no Combination Lock hiding there either.
BTW … as an aside, I did actually do some holesawing without tears a couple of days ago so now I have some time for myself its a wheel in the making real soon.
But back to the missing Combination Lock, I decided it must be within your 22 Blogs so in I go delving around, sadly still no Combination Lock there either.
Scuttle away and check U tube, rats no Combination Lock there either!

Went back and checked your post images to comfirm Mr Chatsworth Milner was actually there and I was not seeing things.
Sure enough there it is,The Combination Lock in full view on the project home page and some combination dicscs visible in the 2nd picture.
The whole thing spins me out, so where is it please?

Otherwise well done in populating the puzzle enviroment, you certainly put a lot of effort into you work and seem to enjoy the consumption of lots of resources in the process to produce them , all providing some fantastic results.

Well done LBD! ...so where is the bloody Combination Lock …I dont what to have to come down there again!

Wait there is more …how do you seal the MDF to keep the enemy of MDF water, out and prevent it getting ruined?
 

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...how do you seal the MDF to keep the enemy of MDF water, out and prevent it getting ruined?
- robscastle
What I normally do is give it 2 coats of tung oil (Organoil) and let it cure for about 1 week… another good way to keep the water off it is to use a potty and make sure your aim is straight.

For these (and previous) puzzles I give it a further 3 coats of wax (tripoli, white diamond and carnauba) withn my buffer system. That gives it a coating that even acid couldn't penetrate. For some of the puzzles, I skip the tung oil as that darkens the MDF more than I prefer and I don't want to wait for it to cure.

I did have a go at how a combination lock works… it was plagiarised from Matthias Wandel's combo lock.

Here's a couple of close ups with a few extra combinations (wheels),




I never published it as Matthias has covered it better than I could and I couldn't plagiarise it and call it my own as the plans were a bought present.

...I dont what to have to come down there again!....
- robscastle
Please do… I'm sure you've got a new wallet by now and your old one is now empty.
 

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Touche for the replies!

Oh yes I did see Matthias's project on the combination lock, thats where I got my Idea from for a garage door.

Here are some never before released and highly classified plans all Top Secret of course, that being one level above trivia.



I was looking at his gears and developed this concept as a result.

Is it something you would be interested in developing?
 

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You certainly are a puzzle, Ducky. Thanks for an idea next time I'm wondering what to do with small bits of wood.
 

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Here are some never before released and highly classified plans all Top Secret of course, that being one level above trivia.



I was looking at his gears and developed this concept as a result.
- robscastle
Ya gotta learn SketchUp or get a mop to clean up that dogs breakfast. I did get Matthias' gear program… personally I think it is brilliant and well worth the shekels.
That reminds me I gotta make some gears to drive my automation movement… (no, not laxettes).
.... next time I'm wondering what to do with small bits of wood.
- Dave Polaschek
Hey D'P' you could always glue up the small pieces into one big piece and then you'd have something you could cut down to make more small pieces…
 

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Mop run done, ...thats the best I can do.

Any better to read? I could send then via safe hand to Churchill if need be.



My brain storm centered about a central combination lock (same as yours) securing the middle gear.
The middle gear then drove four linear gears which had two big ass dowells as locking bolts into the door jamb.
All of this mech was contained inside the door.
Once the door was finished and actually worked I was going put rivets on the outside of it to replicate what looked like a Strong metal burgular proof door, then paint it with Dulux Rust Effect paint.
The paint cost me about $100 bucks but I havent been game to open it yet.
It was a bit of a con job as the paint is actually a two part process.

 

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Rob, for $100 you could probably buy a safe door and weld that to whatever cardboard box you wanted. The gears could easily be done using a rack and pinion principle… Much like the circle cutter.
 

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Hey D'P' you could always glue up the small pieces into one big piece and then you'd have something you could cut down to make more small pieces…
Did that. I needed to make a wedge for a plane, but I couldn't decide what wood to use, so…

 

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.... but I couldn't decide what wood to use, so…
- Dave Polaschek
Neat!
 

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Interesting comments and project.
 
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