I was at a local bookstore and saw some wooden puzzles on my way out and the Tangram Hexiamond puzzle caught my eye. Each piece can be made of up 6 equilateral triangles, and consists of 12 pieces all unique with their own names. The bar, crook, crown, sphinx, snake, yacht, chevron, signpost, lobster, hook, hexagon, and butterfly. After drawing the shapes I looked for repetitive shapes that would simplify the process. In making this…
When I was a kid, I saw spinning some contraption above his head that sounded like an aeroplane taking off. The bullroarer, rhombus, or turndun, is…
In the fall I had wanted to do some turning but didn’t want to do anything too big so I tried my hand ay making some Wooden Tops. I watched an awesome video from Worth Effort that really helped me get this down, as you can tell by the thumbnail, I made a few 🙂
After thinking about it for a while, I realized that the best way to make the board was to simply create a walnut and maple cutting board. Buy gluing up strips of maple and walnut I was able to cut strips off of that and reassemble them into the classic chessboard pattern.
I originally thought of turning these on the lathe but quickly gave up on that plan, as I lack the skills to do so. But I am a huge fan of modern art and minimalist objects. And started to do some research and eventually came across a set created by Lanier Graham in 1966 and fell in love with its simplicity and really enjoyed how all of the pieces fit in a tiny little box.
This was a fun and really quick build, A co-worker brought a puzzle into the office since I have been creating a handful recently.
I took one look and thought… I can make that. He called it a Cherry Tree Puzzle.
This has to be one of my favorite things to look at. I love how Walnut has so much character.
This puzzle is actually very simple to make.
Starting off I took some stock that had a number of ugly checks and cracks down the length. After processing the wood I marked my first piece to get an estimate for now long each piece would be.
Well, it was a cold day in the shop, sitting around -10c. I wanted to build a Burr puzzle that I had come across in a store and thought it would be a fun project to recreate using some scrap walnut.