Schrodinger's Cat Scrollsaw Portrait

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Project by KnotCurser posted 12-05-2013 10:41 PM 2686 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned piece done for a good friend.

I respect anyone who even knows the story behind Schrodinger’s cat – I REALLY respect someone who understands and can explain this thought experiment.

My friend can do this with ease – and she’s a chick that loves science! Awesome.

This was a fun, but challenging piece to create – their were a LOT of pieces that I just had to leave “float” and not connect to the surrounding wood. These pieces were cut out first and the waste pieces had to be saved to be used later as a guide when I later glued the “floaters” to the felt backing.

The piece measured around 9×12 and is solid white oak. It’s around 1/4 of an inch thick.

All pieces were first soaked in lemon oil and then a piece of thick black felt was attached to the back for contrast and a surface to affix the floating pieces.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 10:49 PM

I love your stuff. Very clever and I like the style. And yes, quantum theory is some seriously weird and spooky stuff.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 11:35 PM

Nice job Bob. Looks like you had a good time doing this. As always look forward to seeing your imagination.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 12:36 AM

Man that is something else…is the concept for the art original? It’s pretty genius…the drawing itself…it’s relation to itself and it’s story…and oh you know what I mean…it works amazingly well. I would love to have it on a shirt!

-- -Vita brevis breviter in brevi finietur-

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 12:57 AM


That’s a tad ironic – I “borrowed” the image directly off of a shirt. :-)

The shirt was featured on “The Big Bang Theory” and can be purchased here:

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 12:58 AM

nicely borrowed sir. I may borrow it myself for personal use.


-- -Vita brevis breviter in brevi finietur-

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 01:14 AM

Until I can see what’s inside it, I both like and don’t like it at the same time.

Is the cat made out of Ebony, or dark matter?

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 02:41 AM

This is awesome! There’s a really interesting book that explains quantum theory in an “easier” way, “How to Teach Physics to Your Dog.” Really strange stuff. And zzzzdoc I see what you did there.

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 03:23 AM

Very cool. And I just ordered the t-shirt.

-- Steve Tripp, Minneapolis, MN

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 03:28 AM

That’s pretty cool, or maybe not. ;^)

You’re really good if you can spell Schrödinger correctly on the internet…

I like this!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 12-06-2013 09:24 AM

First off, great project…. They say you should learn something new everyday, Well I now know the story but not sure I could explian it real clear…. LOL

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

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#11 posted 12-06-2013 03:52 PM

I first heard of Shrodinger’s cat while reading Robert Heinlein’s books. He was intrigued by science and cats
and thanks to him, Gamow and others I managed to learn a little science, and have quit trying to figure out
cats and women, enjoy both thoroughly though. Thanks for sharing this wonderful wooden interpretation.
I wonder if that tail is an interpretation of the thumbs up or down from the days of the gladiators?

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 12-06-2013 03:56 PM

Great project! Sure would like to hear her explanation! There’s a lot of silly/bad/funny explanations for Schrödinger’s cat out there!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#13 posted 12-06-2013 04:24 PM

The cat didn’t belong to Schroedinger. It belonged to his friend.

I always wondered if the cat’s owner remained a friend.

Bluepine38 Heinlein wasn’t my first brush with that damned cat, but was one of my longest associations.

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

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#14 posted 12-06-2013 04:25 PM

That is funny.
Those X eyes kind of look like quarks – or not.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 12-06-2013 04:35 PM



-- Dan

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