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Project by MyChipCarving posted 01-31-2012 04:57 PM 1952 views 19 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This game, Nuts & Bolt, is a challenge for the woodworker and fun for kids of all ages.

A threaded 1-1/2” maple rod and tapped cap nut keep the letter nuts in place.
The letter nuts are not tapped to allow them to turn easily to spell various words.
The youngest kids will enjoy the primary colors while spinning the nuts around.
Kids learning their letters will enjoy finding each letter of the alphabet.
Older kids will have fun competing to see who can spell the most words.
Change the order of the nuts and a whole new set of words can be made.

To choose which letters to put on each nut, I found the most frequently used letters and the most common letter pairs and split these up putting each letter on separate facets of each nut. That way, kids will be able to create as many words as possible. Blank facets on each nut can be used anywhere in the word.

For the woodworker, you’ll need to use your skills cutting threads, drilling and tapping holes, carving the letters, and some lathe work to ease the corners on the nuts.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996





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MasterSergeant

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 05:01 PM

Wow, very clever! I think I will borrow your idea for one of my own.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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MyChipCarving

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 05:03 PM

Borrow away, Kelly!
I think it would entertain kids for at least a few miles in the car :-)

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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florentin

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 05:06 PM

That is awesome!!!

Did you make the thread yourself?

-- http://www.florentintise.com/

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 05:10 PM

What a great project for everyone. Well done, it should get alot of use no doubt. What kind of paint did you use? As I’m sure they will make it to the little ones mouths one time or another. What a neat toy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 05:41 PM

Great project….........

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 05:46 PM

I needed a gift for my two new great nephews. This is perfect. Thanks for the idea.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 05:48 PM

Marty, This is a great project. It’s very creative and, as always, your chip carving looks perfect.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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drbyte

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 05:48 PM

Ingenious to say the least! Great project! Will you share what letters are on which nut/face with us? thanks for sharing a great little project!

-- Dennis, WV

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 05:57 PM

What everyone else said!
I like it.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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MyChipCarving

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 06:04 PM

What kind of paint did you use? As I’m sure they will make it to the little ones mouths one time or another.

With this in mind, I chose a standard acrylic paint and did not apply any finish on top of the paint. Teeth marks are welcome!

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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MyChipCarving

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 06:05 PM

Did you make the thread yourself?

Yes, I used my Beall wood threader that cuts the threads with a router and includes a heavy duty tap.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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MyChipCarving

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#12 posted 01-31-2012 06:07 PM

Will you share what letters are on which nut/face with us?

Sure, here are the letters found on each nut…
EQLGV
TPFYD
AJCIX
OHMWS
NKUBR

I left the Z out but you could add it to one of the nuts if you wish.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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MyChipCarving

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#13 posted 01-31-2012 06:11 PM

There are a lot of good projects submitted for the Inner Child Contest.
I entered this Nuts & Bolt Game and would appreciate your vote.
This was a fun contest. Thanks, LJ.
And thanks everyone for your encouraging replies!

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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drbyte

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#14 posted 01-31-2012 06:16 PM

Thanks! Think I’ll put the Z on with TPF group since none of those letters would ever precede or follow Z (well almost never, I’m sure someone will find a word that is the exception)! Again, great project and thanks for sharing!

-- Dennis, WV

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drbyte

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#15 posted 01-31-2012 06:17 PM

I think this project will be headed for the Top Three today!

-- Dennis, WV

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