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Boys and Girls,

I had to take my previous project of Snake Jigsaw Puzzle just that slither further…

The original puzzle took up far too much real estate propped up on it's stand in my cabinet and I thought that if it was discretely secreted away in a box, it would not suffer as much space greed… Some people are just born stupid… After building the box I had to find that extra bit of space for it, without replacing the original… just tad short of that magical space saver… DOH!

Nevertheless, thinking it was sheer brilliance before the above revelation, I hit SketchUp and designed a box in my now typical "mortice and tenon" laser cut MDF method.


using a breakdown of the snake imported from CorelDraw (the original project never made it into SketchUp), placed in the box,


the measurements finished up at 95mm x 115mm x 55mm high… why, because I wanted a final measurement of exactly .600875m³ (sounds humongous said like that)... not some namby-pamby imperial measurement.

No matter how hard I tried, I could not fit a full sized solution into the box, so the compromise was to engrave a scaled down image of the snake's solution on top of the box (pickies #1 and #2). To provide for the more difficult skull side down option, I engraved an image under the lid in the appropriate orientation (picture #3)

Did a trial run with the skulls down (pic 4) and even with the solution in front of me, it took some effort to solve, bit by bit (pic 5)…. and finally solved in pic 6. Turned out that the lack of a frame added a few extra degrees of difficulty.

After engraving the top (and underneath)


the pattern was filled with ebony wood filler,


sanded and repeated till there was a level surface. The box was superglued together. The inside of the bottom half (actually 7/10th.) was flocked,


as was the bottom


to provide some cushioning on hard surfaces. The snake was then placed into the box


to test for actual fit as opposed to on paper.

Being difficult to attach hinges to 6mm MDF, I used my swing arm method to secure the lid. To get the arc of the swing right and fashion the locking part of the arm, I used a series of circles in SketchUp to get the exact profile for free but secure movement,


to create the following action,






Secured inside with a wooden retaining ring,


I was too anxious to finish the box, I skipped the tunging and went straight to the buffer… while lack of oil doesn't seal the MDF, I do prefer the lighter hue.

After finishing, a lack of freeloading visitors due to the C-19 lockup, prevented me from gifting it and finished up much like the ark in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, in my catch all crap cabinet,






GR8, I made a video, just for you, but not of this project so I won't lead you to it… get your drink elsewhere!

That's all for this one… Keep Safe ALL.

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I like the way you do things, Duck. Seems really complicated for me, but probably not so for you. Very cool project.
 

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nice little box for your snake ducks,is this sorta like a "snake in the grass".
 

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that's awesome!! so much work that paid off, congrats :)
 

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Duck, as always quite the journey, along with the laughs I wait for your next post.

Thanks.
 

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Nice Alex and a lot of work.
 

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Thanks W'w, trSN, Dutchy and pottzy.

pottzy, I named the box Jockstrap... no grass in my residence.

Not quite as bad as Dutchy said… If I had to breed the snake it would have been a lot of work.. The snake was left over from the other project that I broke the frame on, so it was a free roaming snake underfoot in my workshop. The laser did most of the work and a couple of tumblers of vino made the SketchUp design more fun. The square sides of the box made buffing a pleasant change.
 

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Very creative LBD! I like it. As for your "catch all crap" cabinet, I would love to see a close up of those motorcycles! The look awesome!
 

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Very creative LBD! I like it. As for your "catch all crap" cabinet, I would love to see a close up of those motorcycles! The look awesome!

- jeffswildwood
They're just laser cut from a bought pattern… and anyone with a laser or CNC could recreate. I usually don't post laser work unless I put some creativity into it… and give other some ideas. This snake pattern (for both posts) was from Steve Good, however, I put enough twist on it to loosely justify posting…

But never to disappoint,






The bikes are meant to be a "jigsaw" and are distributed to recipients in pieces for assembly. It is not designed to be glued and can be broken down and re-assembled on demand.

This is where I bought the patterns... looks like they've expanded their collection since my last visit a few years ago.
 

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Thanks. No matter how they were done, they are very nice!
 

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Can't decide which I like more, the box or the snake.
 

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Can t decide which I like more, the box or the snake.

- Ivan
Thanks for the look… Pick the tung oil and buff finish maj.
 

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Snake in a bucket!



Still trying to work out how you pulled the Tardis trick
 

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Well bucket… it wouldn't fit if that's what Tardis trick puzzled you.
 

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Nice box ducky.
 

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I am glad somebody else asked about the beaut bikes

They are sure worth a return visit to get a gander at..
Now how about my rattle snake eh!

Now have you deceived me and put a smaller snake in box thinking I possibly no pick up on the swap out.
and speaking of noticing:-

1. is that a collection of DVDs near the outfit?
2. how big does your laser cut X and Y
 

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... Now how about my rattle snake eh!
More fake than mine…. er.. the MDF one!
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1. is that a collection of DVDs near the outfit?
2. how big does your laser cut X and Y

- robscastle
There was a time when I used to buy my DVDs…

till someone I know, that can't be named for legal reasons, learnt to copy to disc… He now stores them on a NAS system.

My laser will cut a 600mm X and a 300mm Y... Y?
 

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