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The Conway Packaging Problem

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Project by GaryK posted 12-15-2008 08:55 AM 4185 views 52 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is called “The Conway Packaging Problem”

This one is even easier than the last one. Thiere are only 3 different pieces.

They are made to whatever unit size you want.

For example 2 inches x 4 inches x 1 inch or 20mm x 40mm x 10mm.

Make the following pieces:

6 each 2×4 x 1 units
6 each 2×3 x 2 units
5 each 1×1 x 1 units

You can see them in the second picture above.

I made these out of Sapele. I haven’t decided on a finish yet or if I will make a box to hold them.

The third picture is the solution. Try it without looking at it first. Not easy at all.

Again I have included a Sketchup drawing which you can find here.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX





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Russel

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#1 posted 12-15-2008 12:50 PM

This reminds of summer vacation when I was a kid. Dad, Mom and five kids in a 1960 station wagon with 2 two weeks of camping gear and supplies. That’ll teach you how to pack.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Steelmum

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#2 posted 12-15-2008 02:27 PM

Russel, the term ‘young and dumb’: We took three kids, age 6,4,and2 in a Honda 2 door hatchback, from NE Ohio to LA California, for 3 weeks in January. 3 days to get there, four days to get home and we had so much fun.

-- Berta in NC

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rikkor

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#3 posted 12-15-2008 02:32 PM

Thanks for the SketchUps Gary. (Especially the solutions!!)

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lew

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#4 posted 12-15-2008 03:12 PM

Thanks, Gary!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Karson

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#5 posted 12-15-2008 03:37 PM

Another great puzzle gary. Thanks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 12-15-2008 03:39 PM

That would be extremely difficult without peeking at the solution!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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sharad

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#7 posted 12-15-2008 05:24 PM

Very nice puzzle requiring lot of patience and that tempts to look at the solution! Very nice sketches, Garry
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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dustygirl

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#8 posted 12-15-2008 05:28 PM

Very interesting puzzle cube Gary.Nice job on it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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PaBull

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#9 posted 12-15-2008 05:35 PM

Thanks, Gary, this helps me to make one more Christmas present.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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unknownwoodworker

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#10 posted 12-15-2008 06:25 PM

Far out Dude.

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 12-15-2008 08:01 PM

Gary,

Again, a really COOL project… and SIMPLE!

I think I’d just use BLO, Mineral Oil, or maybe a stain/oil… something to keep the smooth slick WOOD feel…

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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scottb

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#12 posted 12-16-2008 12:52 AM

Like you really give us quick little projects! This is great, as long as I’m giving, not getting it!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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pommy

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#13 posted 12-16-2008 12:55 AM

mate thank you so much for the metric dimensions at last i can understand lol…......
andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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GaryK

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#14 posted 12-16-2008 02:53 AM

I got a PM asking how I safely cut these small pieces. Thought that you all might be interested.

Click for details

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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