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Tom's Square Dance - Holly Bubinga.jpg
Tom's Square Dance with Bubinga frame and Holly Pieces by Eric Fuller
Photo courtesy of Cubic Dissection
Name
Tom's Square Dance
Limited to
40
Designer
Manufacturer
Dimensions
3.3" x 3.3" x 0.75"
Year
February 2012
Cost
$89
Availability
Not Available
# of Pieces
9 + Frame
Burr Level
1.8.5.3.4
Material
Pieces: Holly
Frame: Bubinga or Padauk


"Oh Tom, you crafty little devil. Once again he comes out with a very interesting and unique design that I can't resist making. Tom's Square Dance consists of nine pieces which interlock into the surrounding frame. WIth a unique level 1.8.5.3.4 solution, this is a tricky nut to crack. Simply identifying piece positions is quite tricky, and sorting out the insertion order and moves necessary simply compounds the difficulty. Definitely doable, but definitely difficult. I'm taking pity on you guys and shipping this one assembled! Construction of this puzzle was...interesting. Tom's idea was to glue the pieces together out of flat stock, but where's the fun in that? I decided to mill them from solid stock, a decision I later questioned. The protrusions are several thousandths undersize relative to the grooves to insure smooth, non-binding movement. Those of you who make things will immediately understand that doing so creates a lot of headaches and a lot more work. In the end it was worth it...this puzzle moves smoothly all the way around with no binding. The frame is oversize by 25 thousandths to give the pieces room to expand and contract with humidity." -Eric Fuller