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Dice Puzzle for a birthday

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Project by PaBull posted 09-17-2012 03:45 AM 1419 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I copied this idea from KnotCurser, posted here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/67785, thanks for the idea!

I ran into it when I was desperately looking for an idea for my sons birthday, something I could whip out in an evening. So I searched for “puzzle” on lumberjocks.

So in reverse this is how it went:

1. The finished puzzle. I can’t believe I was able to put it all back together myself. As KnotCurser explained, opposite faces need to add up to seven. There are no extra dots inside the puzzle.

2. I used a Danish Oil (Mads, this must be the best, right?) as a finish. Quick and easy.

3. I used my bench hook for planing to plane down the plugs.

4. Hammer the plugs into the holes with a bit of glue.

5. The blocks are drilled and the pugs are ready.

6. I used the drill press to drill the holes for the plugs. It drill nice and straight and I am able to set the stop for depth.


7. I cut the blocks from some left over White Oak wooden flooring.


8. The plugs were made from Walnut. These were scrap pieces I got from my floor installer. Nice guy!


9. The plugs were not completely drilled through. On the table saw I just cut halfway up through the wood and the plugs come rolling out.

Thanks for checking it out and please don’t leave without a comment.

PaBull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower





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PaBull

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 04:07 AM

Ups…... I made a mistake when I put the puzzle together. Here is a better picturea:

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 11:00 AM

Very cute

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 11:33 AM

Very cool!

It was a pleasure looking over the projects page this morning and seeing my own project looking back at me. :-)

The only “issue” I have had was making a storage/display container that both shows off the dice and doesn’t allow all the pieces to come apart – all I have come up with is a tray with a narrow lip. It still allows the dice to come apart though. If you can think of something better let me know please!

This looks like you did a very fine job on it – I am certain your Son will love this hand-crafted present! I have a couple of things my Dad made for me when I was a child still and I treasure them all.

Great job.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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PaBull

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 01:30 PM

Thanks Monte.

Bob, thanks for this great idea.
Yes, I agree with you. It is hard to come up with a storage container that eill allow you to move the pieces and display the dice nicely.
This is not the first wooden puzzle for his birthday, but it might top the others.

Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 01:41 PM

The 3 is wrong, can it be configured properly? From photos there should be 3 center dots. Other than that excellent work…........

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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PaBull

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 01:54 PM

Thanks Whitewulf for bringing this to my attention. I saw the same thing after it was up and did not feel up to chainging the whole thing again, so I posted the correct picture right below as the first post.
Please forgive me.
pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#7 posted 09-17-2012 04:14 PM

This one is really nice.
What a fine gift.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 09-17-2012 04:42 PM

Very Nice, One thing that I do when I cut plugs like this is to press a piece of blue painters masking tape on the outside of the piece. Then when I get finished I pull the tape off and all of the plugs are stuck to it in a nice little row. Keeps me from having to watch where they roll to when they cut loose.

Looks like a great project will have to try one soon.

-- Nothing to it, but to do it ...

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PaBull

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#9 posted 09-17-2012 04:57 PM

Mads, your smiles and thoughts are always welcome.

Trexco, that is a very good idea, thanks. I will be making more of them, I will use this idea on the next ones.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 09-27-2012 02:06 PM

I made a plexi glass storage container.
this works great.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#11 posted 09-27-2012 02:16 PM

Now THAT is a fantastic idea – it looks like I have my next “when I get a spare moment” projec figured out! :-)

Thanks!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#12 posted 09-27-2012 02:21 PM

I like the plexi box. It keeps all the pieces together and allows you to display your project.

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#13 posted 09-28-2012 09:55 PM

Flame polish the edges….....

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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