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Bolt and nut in 2x4

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Project by indy_girl posted 08-01-2012 11:10 PM 5304 views 50 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my Summer Camp students. A solid piece of 2×4 with no glue, nails or wood plugs. None of the students could figure out how I got the bolt and nut in the block.

I added the phrase Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.”

A fun little project that is great to do with kids. My nephew who is 11 years old was totally amazed.

-- Now, where did I put that?





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Dallas

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 11:15 PM

I’ve made those and had people look at them and put them back down only to think about it and go back to look some more.

I enjoy watching the faces as they try to decipher the method.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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pitchnsplinters

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#2 posted 08-01-2012 11:55 PM

My technique is to grow the tree around the bolt & nut and then carefully remove enough wood to reveal the bolt & nut. One of the slower projects in my repertoire, but I agree the looks make it all worthwhile.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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Alexandre

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 11:56 PM

That’s what I was gonna say^^^
But, how do you do it?
Do you bend the bolt?

-- My terrible signature...

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LeChuck

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 12:26 AM

Is the bolt multi-part?

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#5 posted 08-02-2012 12:31 AM

Wow. That is the nicest one of those I have seen. Very cool.

-- -Joshuah

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sonnyr

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#6 posted 08-02-2012 12:41 AM

OK

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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Dallas

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#7 posted 08-02-2012 12:42 AM

Joshuah… methinks thee speak too much!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Joshuah

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#8 posted 08-02-2012 12:47 AM

Dallas. I didn’t realize the how to on these were still a mystery. My appologies. I edited my answer.

-- -Joshuah

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Tom Godfrey

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#9 posted 08-02-2012 12:54 AM

I have no idea how you did that. Maybe I am a little slow. Care to share?

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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indy_girl

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#10 posted 08-02-2012 01:03 AM

It’s a solid bolt.

-- Now, where did I put that?

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indy_girl

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#11 posted 08-02-2012 01:04 AM

Here is a link to a YouTube video that shows the process. I used a bolt and nut instead of a nail.

Here is the video link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEATei2wewY

-- Now, where did I put that?

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Bertha

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#12 posted 08-02-2012 01:13 AM

Thanks for the spoiler! I never would have guessed:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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clieb91

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#13 posted 08-02-2012 01:18 AM

I have the one I made sitting on my desk at work. It gets a few double takes. I usally give it to the summer employees and ask them to figure it out. :)

CtL

P.S. Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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cstrang

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#14 posted 08-02-2012 01:33 AM

Love these, relatively easy to make and the looks they get make them completely worthwhile, oh and by the way, i second what chris said… Welcome! I will warn you though, this site does get addicting!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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Dallas

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#15 posted 08-02-2012 01:38 AM

You guys giving the secret away are taking the fun out of it also.
It’s a problem to be figured out by learning the properties of wood.

Thanks Joshuah, I appreciate the edit, but the OP gave it away anyhow.

Bummer!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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