Cutting Boards

Now that I have the materials required to polish Corian, I took some of my larger pieces and made some cutting boards for our kitchen.

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Tiling Blocks

The latest toy I’ve made out of Corian is tiling blocks:

So far I’ve made squares, half-square right triangles, equilateral triangles, parallelograms, and 3 sizes of rectangles. They all fit together, with all their sides (with the exception of the hypotenuse of the right triangle) being equal or multiples of each other.

If you really want, you can treat them like normal blocks and play with them in 3D space as well:

The big problem with them is that since we’re giving them to the kids for Christmas, I’m not allowed to share this exciting new toy with them yet, which is absolutely horrible. Woe is me.

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Ring Puzzle

I was so pleased with out the Coran discs turned out, that I went looking for something else to make on my lathe out of Corian.

The object of the puzzle is to move the rings so that they’re both on the same loop.

I’ve made puzzles like this before, and I helped a group of Boy Scouts make them for their woodworking merit badge, but this is the first time I’ve bothered trying to make a nice version.

It turned out OK.

The wood is mahogany, and the rings are Corian.

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Once he was taught the trick of how to solve it, I gave my eldest the assignment of counting how many steps it takes to complete the the Tower of Hanoi puzzle for when there are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 discs. Then I was going to sit down with him and explore that relationship.

Instead, he comes to me with a chart showing the number of moves it would take with up to 20 discs. And they were right.

He noticed the pattern himself and “cheated” by applying the formula instead of counting it out by hand.

I’m so proud.

We then went on to calculate that if The Flash could do one million steps per second, it would still take him longer than the age of the universe to solve a 100-disc version.

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