|Project by ChuckM||posted 09-11-2011 01:47 AM||2609 views||15 times favorited||7 comments|
Several LJs and others have made one of these nail(or screw)-thru-wood blocks. It was my turn to make a few for fun.
It’s all about absorption, compression, and expansion; we aren’t much smarter than a 5th grader.
1) Immerse one end of the block in boiling water (for about 5 mins) which is absorbed into the wood fibres and cells, making the wood soft.
2) Compress that end on a vise and leave it in the vise to dry for an hour or two.
3) Take out the block and drill a hole in the middle fingers and insert a screw or nail into the hole
4) Place the compressed end in boiling water again which will expand as water is absorbed for another 5 – 10 minutes.
5) Let it dry for a couple hours (and sand the surfaces if needed)
Voilà! You have just made a magic block (or two) and a conversation piece.
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