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 Post subject: mastermorphinx progress?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2004 9:42 am 
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Hey oh! I was wondering how the progress was goin on the mastermorphinx. Carter are you still working on yours? I think there was someone else also working on one.
I am hopefully going to work more on mine next week for i will be off on spring break. i can't wait to get home and start choppin and stickin hehe

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I wish I had the guts to try it, thats one cool looking puzzle. I like those shape changing puzzles.


Of course I'm going to be a first time father by the end of the week and I wouldn't mind at all if somebody gave me an extra one they had lying around as a gift. (tongue in cheek)

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Yea I was working on one as well. Unfortunately for the next month I am hosting four guests coming from the "old country" whom I haven't seen in approximately 28 years so as you can imagine my hobby hours are a bit short. I just finished stickering my Master Cuboctahedron after all these months so finishing the Mastermorphix is next on the "side projects" list. Most of the pieces are complete, I really only need to do some finishing work and build the six center pieces.

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It is coming along. This one is built with black Milliput. I tried some different construction techniques - trying to keep the thing from being solid Milliput. I don't know if it is the technique or the material, but with this puzzle I'm having some trouble with the bonding between the Milliput and the plastic. I am at a point where all the pieces are shaped, and I am sanding. And sanding. And sanding. It is hard to stay motivated at this stage!


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Ever considered getting something like a disc and/or belt sander? Even an inexpensive one under $100 would probably be a tremendous asset to you. It certainly has been to me for a number of puzzle and non-puzzle projects.

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The problem is less about the cost of a sander than a space to put it. When I hand-sand something, I can contain the dust pretty easily in a trash can. But with a power sander, I need a space where I don't care about dirt.


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I finished filling all the pieces. I havent worked on the giant corners yet but other than that all is so far complete. I think i may try sanding it down tomorrow and see how the sanding process will go. Its pretty heavy right now without the corners already. Oh well... time for bed

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Oh Carter! I almost forgot. What kind of techniques are you doing so the pieces arent solid. I think i may need to try it if i get ambitious to do another. I'd like to some day try getting sheets of plastic and cutting the pieces that way, but i have no idea where i can get anything like that... hmmmmmm.

Now it is time for bed hehe

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I'm using a Ruby's Triangle for the tips, so these pieces will be hollow.


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AH yes, i remember now.

I went to a ben frankling craft and hooby store. They have all these model train supplies. I picked up a small sheet of plastic and i am thinking about making my corners out of that. Its grey plastic which is kind of a bummer but its all good.

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http://www.indplastic.com/index.cfm?fus ... product=85

This company is on the road between where I work and where I live. I've been there a couple of times and bought black ABS plastic sheets for puzzle experimentation. And they do mail orders.

Their machinable(smooth) abs plastic sheets are noticeably softer than standard puzzle plastic but it's still a good medium to experiment/work with.

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Cool!! Thanks for sharing the link, i'll have to check that out!

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How do you work with the plastic sheets? Do you weld them together, using Ton's soldering iron method? Is ABS plastic the best for this purpose?


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the ABS plastic sheets work well with superglue or they can be welded together. If you sand the edges really smooth you can barely make out the weld lines. I've used all of the popular methods to join teh pieces and they have all worked well.

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Jin,

How do you cut the ABS sheet material? Can you use an Xacto (or similar) knife or do you actually have to saw it? 1/8" seems pretty thick for cutting with a knife.

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My secret is a small band saw and a disc/belt sander. A table saw would be preferrable to cut the material, however. Not as messy and cleaner cuts. Obviously working with 1/8" ABS isn't trivial. However I have managed to get very workable pieces just by scoring the plastic sheet with an X-acto knife and then "breaking" it in two. Even for large pieces you can do this with some pieces of wood to hold one half and then applying pressure evenly with another wood block.

Even a tool as simple as a micro saw will work wonders as well. I have one I use to cut parts with and it works great. X-acto brand makes these as well. http://www.hunt-corp.com/images/XA%20Matrix.pdf <- scroll down to near the bottom of this PDF document and look at the "240 heavy duty saw blade."

Another alternative to the X-acto saw is the "DOBSON MITER-RITE" from http://www.micromark.com

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