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  1. This is a fun and simple project to make. It consists of 12 pieces that are all the same size. The pieces are glued together to make 3 assemblies. Getting it apart or putting it together is the challenge. As always, there is a trick. Build Instructions: Top Level CAD This is the only dimensioned part. You will need 12 of these. Glue two of the pieces together. Make 6 of these. Glue two of the previous pieces to make 3 of these assemblies. Complete pieces Assembled I'm sure a better woodworker could make tighter gaps but I gave it my best :). Thanks for viewing!
  2. Thank you! Yeah, I like the wood better :). I did have to search through the closet to find hangers coated in rubber. Almost everything in our closets is plastic now.
  3. I have no here is the google answer: "Epiphytes called Tillandsia or Air Plants are one of these plant families that have found a unique niche that allows them to thrive in harsh environments. Epiphytes are plants that grow or attach themselves on other plants for support. The difference is that air plants don't need soil to grow. In an air plant, roots act as anchors, securing plants to their supports. Leaves handle the job of absorbing moisture. Each leaf on an air plant is covered in specialized scales known as trichomes, which have the ability to absorb water and nutrients." Thank you!
  4. That is a really good idea. Nice job with the build.
  5. My wife and daughter both love them. The root just sits in the hole. Watering is done with a mister (spray bottle). I also made two versions using wood and coat hangers.
  6. Thanks everyone. It was fun making them.
  7. My daughter recently started collecting succulents and Tillandsias (air plants). Honestly, I had never heard of air plants but as the name implies, they grow without the need for soil. They can be purchased at your local nursery or garden center and online. Anyway, she wanted a way to display them. Online, you will find various options for containers with the most common selection being glass terrariums. I wanted to make something a little different. Also, it's an excuse to use my scrap wood. Block 1 - CAD Rendering Block 1 Dimensions Forstner Bit (.75" & 1") for holes Router for chamfers Block 2 - CAD Rendering Block 2 Dimensions Same process with holes - blind .75" diameter hole. Chamfer sides. Added air slots with a table saw. Final Pics...she loved them. Thanks for viewingMore Info:
  8. Thanks. I get you. I almost gave up after making a few of the
  9. This is my take on the classic wooden snake puzzle. Purchased ones generally range in size from 2" cubed down to key chain size. This one is 4.5" cubed. Although time-consuming and somewhat mind numbing, it wasn't very challenging to build. However, you will need to pay attention to the build and assembly instructions. Solution: I didn't know how it was going to turn out so I used low cost poplar (2x2 by 6 feet). Cut down to 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" blocks. You will need 27 of them. 11 Straight hole blocks. 2 with counterbores (shown here) 45 Degree holes. Make 16 of these blocks. 45 Chamfer for the sides. Bungee cord from kids backpack. Painted 14 of the blocks red. Ready to assemble Follow these instructions Feed cord through blocks. Ready to solve Comparison to purchased versions. Thanks for viewing More info and drawings here:
  10. Thanks. Yep, my wife saw something similar and said "make something like this". I cut the boards and let her do the painting.
  11. This pallet wood pumpkin project was so easy to do from start to finish. It started with the last pallet wood I had disassembled last year. Then I scavenged from the kids craft paint stash. Some dry brushing the paint on and swiping it off and it was done in time for the little trick or treatsters. I used 11/16" thick pallet wood for the top layer. The size is arbitrary but I settled on 30" wide by 24" tall. Using a table saw, cut the boards to length. You don't need to be super accurate since you can clean up the edges at the end. I used a few guidance lines to center the pumpkin shape on the board. Then, use your best artistic ability to draw a pumpkin. I went over the pencil marks with a sharpie so it would be easier to see on the saw. Use a jig or band saw to cut the boards to make the shape. If you cut everything correctly, you should have a nice pumpkin outline. I used thinner boards for the back (~ 1/2" thick). Cut enough to completely cover the back side of the pumpkin. Make sure that the boards have a lot of rough texture and prominent grain showing along the board. Try not to use boards that have already split along the edges. The goal here is to get a rustic/weathered look but also have something that sticks out. Select about four or five basic colors for the pallet boards. Be sure to include some blue/green/grey/white colors to contrast with the warm tones. I chose the colors orange, red, yellow, green and blue. Three of the boards are painted an orange shade as the primary color. One board is used for each of the other colors. Dry brush (and I mean dry) craft paint onto a board. Wipe off excess paint while it is still wet. To tone the color down further, wipe with a damp rag. You can layer a few brush stokes of a similar color on top. Be sure to blend everything together with a rag or paper towel. Get creative and enjoy the process. Once the paint is completely dry, glue and screw the backing boards to the pumpkin outline. Apply pressure and allow glue to dry. Thanks for viewing.
  12. This is a fun and easy project to make. The goal is to fit the blocks of “chocolate” into the box. Dimensions and Build Instructions: CAD file for box 2 of the blocks - see above link for all the parts. Block assemblies Blocks in box - assumed 1/32" clearance on sides Iso View Router used for the grooves Blocks cut out Walnut stain. Glued the parts together 3 assemblies Finger grab for box sides Cut in half for side walls Glued box together Finished box Ready to be solved Solved Solution: Thanks for viewing.
  13. Added Zs to the build to make it more complicated. Updated Build Instructions: