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Pentonimo set in maple and oak box

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Project by exelectrician posted 678 days ago 1639 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pentonimo puzzles from twelve different types of wood – gifts for my Grandsons.
These were a real challenge for my skills at the time, I used a machinest file on every edge to get every piece exactly right. Making the boxes I decided to rout the inset after gluing up. I did this with the maple frame on the wrong side of the fence and plunged the bit in! I know, dangerous and risky, but I didn’t know any better. Now I would do things differently, live and learn.
The wood used is: Cherry, Red oak, Ash, Black walnut, Black locust, Poplar, Vertical grain fir, Pedauk, Hickory, Maple, Bubinga and Yellow heart. The base dimension is 7/8” +/_ 0.010” and 1/8” roundover on all edges.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself





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Tootles

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#1 posted 677 days ago

Oh that’s wicked! I didn’t know about this version of the puzzle – and the version that I have just about drove me crazy.

I have a very similar puzzle except that it has one extra piece. It is a “2×2” unit square (bottom right), which, I know, is different to all the other pieces as it has a unit area of 4 instead of 5, but it means that the puzzle is then done in a square box that is 8×8 units.

Yours is very well made. You did a good job of it. Good idea to include the solution.

One extra thing that I learned though is that it is a good idea to line the box with felt or similar. Without that, the incessant click, click, click that the pieces made as I tried to solve the puzzle just about drove my wife crazy!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 677 days ago

That would drive me nuts trying to figure out.

Looks like a good job on the build.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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jap

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#3 posted 677 days ago

your grandsons will love that

-- Joel

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scottb

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#4 posted 677 days ago

we are reading a book (car trips) to our daughter that features Pentominos in it. didn’t know they had to have 5 squares only, and all had names. This set is beautiful.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Kookaburra

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#5 posted 677 days ago

That is very nicely done. The contrasting woods gives an added visual interest. The box is a great idea too.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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itsmic

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#6 posted 674 days ago

Nice job on this, Great gift idea, fine craftsmanship to achive the nice tight fit, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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exelectrician

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#7 posted 673 days ago

Thank you all for the kind comments.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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exelectrician

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#8 posted 672 days ago

Hi Tootles, google – “pentonimo solutions”, bingo you get them all. I use the congruent solutions as a memory test in my spare time.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Tootles

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#9 posted 671 days ago

Thamks Exelectrician, that is quite a set of solutions that are out there.

I have my own set of solutions that I had to work out on my own. I first saw this puzzle over 15 years ago so the one that I made, and that I posted a photo of, was made sometime soon after that. The Internet has come a long way in those 15 years because I doubt I would have found all those pictures then.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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