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Impossible Stack Sculpture
Basic Description

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This simple sculpture flaunts itself by apparently defying natural laws. A series of blocks are stacked in such a way that the topmost one extends beyond its supports. Viewers are convinced that the blocks are attached to each other, but closer inspection indicates that they are wholly independent The sculpture relies on some basic physical principles. Read on for a thorough description and several ideas.
Materials Wood, metal, plastic or similar material for blocks. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools There are many variations to this project. If you choose make the version that we detail below (one of the more complicated choices) you will need a saw, a sanding drum, clamps, vise, hand sander, hobby knife, computer printer, tape. A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $8
Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy
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the project plan begins here

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The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared before commencing because you are free to progress without unnecessary interruptions.

This project can be made from any number of materials including aluminum, steel, plastic, matte board etc. We think that finished wood looks the best and that is what we will describe in this plan; the use of other materials may require additional or fewer steps than we address.
the top block extends completely beyond the lowest blocks in a seemingly impossible way

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 9-15 Small pieces of wood of the same type and thickness. We were able to use scraps from another project.
#2 2 finishing oil

We have selected one of the more complicated versions of this project. If you select a more straightforward choice, you won't need all of the tools that we list. It is best to read through the entire plan, decide which manifestation you want to pursue, and proceed accordingly.

Tool List

bandsaw  more info, jigsaw  more info or scrollsaw  more info
hand sander  more info and various grits of sandpaper  more info
drum sanding attachment for drill press  more info or spindle sander  more info
various clamps  more info see plan for details
vise  more info
hobby knife  more info
computer printer

Again, the tools and materials listed here are for making the version that we selected. If you choose to use a different material or even a different shape, your material and tool needs will almost certainly be different.

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