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Project by eruby posted 03-19-2011 04:24 AM 2666 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this is by no means a “fine woodworking” project but it was different enough that I wanted to share it.

What is it:
A large wooden labyrinth that I helped my brother build for his work.

How we built it:
Pic 2 shows the design process (good ole blue tape and chalk).
Its roughly 4’ by 5’ and is made of leftover pieces of 2×4 from a storage closet that I helped build for the same company (maybe they should pay me?), a piece of 1/2” ply, some skinny boards (1×2ish) and trimmed with 5/4 pressure treated decking boards.
The plywood sits in a groove cut in the boarder. Everything else is screwed in place (see pic 6). All of the barriers are made from 2×4s and cut shorter than the outside walls. I used half-lap joints anywhere the barriers met at a corner (because I could and this was a good project to practice them on).
The holes were made with a 3 1/2” hole saw.

My brother painted it with some type of paint.

How its used:
There are 5 or 6 eye-bolts on each side with retired climbing rope strung between them to provide handles for the group to use and it is up to the group to figure out how to get the ball from start to finish without the ball dropping in one of the holes. Pics 4 and 5 show the labyrinth being used during a staff training day at my brother’s work. I think they were using a cue ball but anything up to a baseball will work They will use this thing for groups that want to have a “team-building” experience.

Anyone have an idea of what “tag” this project as?

-- Eric - Baltimore MD





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#1 posted 03-19-2011 07:00 AM

That’s an interesting game. It sounds much more socially beneficial than most of the games played today, such as paint ball or electronic war games. I think more families should have a version in their basement than a foos ball or pool table. The interaction and team concept would bring people together more and also make you realize how you can work with others. Gee, just imagine, a game that makes you communicate and laugh with the person next to you! Brilliant!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 03-19-2011 07:45 AM

I have been trying to make one of these but I always screw it up!haha nice job! looks hard!

-- John

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 01:16 AM

That is great – did you make the plans or upscale something else?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 03:21 AM

I like it! Good job.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 08:32 PM

That is great – did you make the plans or upscale something else?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#6 posted 03-21-2011 12:51 AM

Rod,
My brother wanted it to be as close to the wooden labyrinth games (the ones with the metal marble) as we could get it. We loosely based it on the pictures here
But, he wanted it to be as big as possible to allow bigger groups to use it and it had to fit in his boss’ truck. It ended up being a rectangle instead of a square so we had to modify the layout.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#7 posted 03-21-2011 04:10 AM

Eric, Is that second link a private account. It says no premission to view.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-21-2011 12:05 PM

I was hoping you’d say that. You did a great job. We have a lot of team building done at work (USMC) and I’d like to make one of these for work. So, it’s another project waiting.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#9 posted 03-21-2011 01:52 PM

Rod,
Feel free to alter as needed. I wanted to use a full 4’x 8’ sheet. But, another one of my brother’s concerns was weight because they have school groups come through and he wanted them to be able to lift it. Marines should be able to handle it… you might want to make it out of some more durable stuff though?? If there is an interest we have plans for an A-Frame and an “all-a board”. We both used to work at a local scout camp’s COPE course (he actually ran it for a while) and my brother now works for a company that offers challenge course experiences to anyone that will pay for it.

Top,
The link worked last night but seems to be down now. Its was a link to a pdf file that I have but could not figure out how to upload. It was just a pencil drawing of the classic game Is there a way to upload files here?

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#10 posted 03-22-2011 02:56 AM

The first one still goes to a sign in page for privite views. The last one worked;-) That classic game looks a bit harder.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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