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Impossible Screw in a Block of Wood! (DIY project)

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Project by Yonatan24 posted 03-13-2018 06:33 PM 2597 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi,
I made this project almost a year ago and am sharing it here as I’m quite surprised it looks just like the day I made it, I wasn’t sure if it would last due to humidity changes :)
The project is an impossible object (screw) in a wooden block, inspired by seamster’s Instructable, where he breaks the block of wood with the grain: https://www.instructables.com/id/Impossible-Nail-in-Wooden-Block/
I saw his Instructable and came up with what I think is a better method, where I orient the board differently, so it’s easier to break.
I also had the idea that since wood will always break or split only from one side of end-grain to the other (think of how an axe is used). I thought that breaking the piece of wood vertically makes much more sense than horizontally. It’s simpler to break (especially for a smaller sized puzzle like mine. Think locket-sized for a necklace!), easier to glue both parts together, and easier to drill and screw in the screw. It’s kind of hard to explain, take a closer look at the pictures above. I made it with a small piece of scrap pine which I scavenged from a 15+ year old (I think) wine crate.

I made an Instructable on how to make one which you can find here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Impossible-Screw-in-a-Block-of-Wood/
But if you don’t have time to read it I made a quick Youtube video which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ7vOB4RRmE
If this link is not allowed please let me know.

Let me know if you make one! (Can you share pictures in comments on LJ?)

-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24





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Yonatan24

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#2 posted 03-13-2018 06:41 PM

Testing 456!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 06:45 PM



Testing 456!

- ralbuck


-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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#4 posted 03-13-2018 08:17 PM

This is a real puzzle and will make you think a little bit.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#5 posted 03-13-2018 08:30 PM

Kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 03-14-2018 12:59 PM

Thenks? :)


Kewl

- mcoyfrog


-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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#7 posted 03-14-2018 03:20 PM

simple and clever…. the best type of trick.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 03-15-2018 01:01 PM

Glad you liked it :)


simple and clever…. the best type of trick.

- Mainiac Matt


-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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