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    Dovetail

    Given the above below ,determine how to disengage the two slotted cube halves without cutting, breaking, or distorting.
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    Re: Dovetail

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Re-draw them disengaged!</span hide>
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    Re: Dovetail

    Rudi

    ah ha, thinking out of the box. I will be sending in a pictorial solution if nobody gets it, but this is a real life dilemma and is solvable!!
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    Re: Dovetail

    Looks to me like you've got to the "smarty pants" level with your new-found 3D software! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    One possibility: <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Model it using a shape memory alloy. Heat it till it falls apart, let the two halves cool, and they'll regain their original shapes.</span hide>

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    Re: Dovetail

    Hi Alan

    Sadly this was not done with POV Ray but I have now started to do some crazy things with it. I'm still only half way up the (hyperbolic)learning curve at the moment!!

    No this not the answer I am looking for. <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> clue: this could be built in any Joe Ordinary's garden shed using standard materials</span hide>
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    Re: Dovetail

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    Seems to me that everyone else is assuming that <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> the divots (or whatever you call them) extend through the block. Since they don't it is quite easy to disassemble by pulling towards you. </span hide>

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    Re: Dovetail

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">The dovetails are not perpendicular to each other, but parallel. SLide it diagonally</span hide>

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    Re: Dovetail

    yOU CANT PULL THEM APART JUST LIKE THAT bOWLIE. (oops these darn cap locks!!!) The dovetail joints are at right angles!! Pulling them will cause them to lock against each other!!
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    Re: Dovetail

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">They don't have to be at right angles to get that picture. </span hide>

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    Re: Dovetail

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">If the dove tails do not extend through the block, twist it apart.</span hide>

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    Re: Dovetail

    Well done Steve

    A few people fell by the wayside by making the assumption the dovetails were perpendicular!!
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    Re: Dovetail

    Joe Ordinary sounds like quite a clever guy. Could he knock me up one of these in his garden shed? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    <IMG SRC=http://www.mathacademy.com/pr/minitext/escher/penrose_triangle.gif>

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    Re: Dovetail

    Well it just so happens that my boss has just bought a new rowter and rowter table and I have challenged him to make one!!! Sadly, he is up for it ( <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> he is retiring soon and is setting up his things to do list)
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    Re: Dovetail

    Er, that's what I meant. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> Oh well, have to be even clearer next time

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    Re: Dovetail

    I understood what you meant, and you beat my response (though I do admit, it wasn't entirely clear how you explained the solution, Rudi thought you didn't understand "standard dovetails" and how they worked.). But I would say that you are the winner in this puzzle.

    I thought about posting a picture, but was too lazy to draw one.

    Steve

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