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“Truncated Dodecahedron” Wood Model

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by rndmodelshop

Truncated Dodecahedron all wood model.

The Truncated Dodecahedron is one of the 13 Archimedean Solids.  It has 12 decagons, 20  triangles, 60 vertices and 90 pieces of wood. Each piece is mitered so that they lay on an imaginary plane that passes through the center point.

This was a popular geometric piece during the 1950s – 60s Atomic Age, and was common to see as a hanging light fixture or a table top sculpture.

I make these in pine, then wood stained in fruitwood (light, shown), walnut (dark), cherry (red), or ebony (black). Each piece is signed, then sealed in clear polyurethane.

9″ or 12″ tall

More geometry models on my website.

“Rhombicubotahedron” Wood Model

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by rndmodelshop

All wood Rhombicubotahedron Model

The Rhombicubotahedron is one of the 13 Archimedian Solids. This has 18 squares, 8 triangles, 24 vertices, and 48 pieces of wood. Each of the pieces are compound mitered so each is on an imaginary plane that passes through the center point.

I make these in pine, then wood stained in fruitwood (light, shown), walnut (dark), cherry (red), or ebony (black). Each piece is signed, then sealed in clear polyurethane.

9″ or 12″ tall

More geometry models on my website

A Cube of 8 Tetrahedron

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by rndmodelshop

A Cube of 8 TetrahedronTechnically its the same math as a cuboctahedron (8 triangles, 6 squares) but I made 8 tetrahedron in place of the triangles. This is symmetrical on all 6 planes, and it even looks nice standing up on a corner in a tripod stand.

This is typical of a 1950s – 60s Atomic Age ‘Mid Century Modern’ sculpture or light fixture.      9″ square, 48 pieces / Cherry, Walnut, Ebony wood stain or just Clear Polyurethane (shown).

For the complete polyhedron model index, please see my website.

4 Axis Stellated Tetrahedron in a Cube

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by rndmodelshop

Stellated 4 point Tetrahedron in a Cube displayed diagonal on a stand.

The 4 axis of a Stellated Tetrahedron (below) exactly correspond to 4 of the 8 interior vertices of a typical frame Cube. I just combined the 2 figures into one.  This can be displayed up on its corner, or just flat on a cube surface. It makes a very nice table top geometry sculpture.

The cube is 9″ flat, the entire sculpture is aprox 16″ tall in the stand. Each is made to orderand wood stained in cherry (red) walnut (brown) ebony (black) or natural as shown (clear coat polyurethane) that turns an amber honey color as the wood ages. Cube 12 pieces, tetrahedron 18 pieces, 30 pieces in total (plus stand).

For the complete polyhedron model index, please see my website.

Wood Tetrahedron Model “self-dual”

Posted in geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2010 by rndmodelshop

All wood model of 2 Tetrahedrons woven together (aka Stella Octangula), one stained in cherry-wood the other left to a clear coat of polyurethane. These are great gift ideas for math teachers, engineers, students, plus those interested in “Atomic Age” 1950s interior design or Sacred Geometry. 

Most polyhedron have a dual, meaning they share or relate 1:1 with the number of vertices and / or planes. The tetrahedron (4 triangular surfaces, 4 vertices, 6 pieces each) is the only polyhedron that is its own self dual. This particular one I kept 2-tone for clarity, but I also make them in any one color. I have more versions on the website.

Wood Icosahedron Sculpture (woven-1)

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by rndmodelshop

This would be very typical of a light fixture in a Googie coffee shop of the 1950s and 60s. It would be easy enough to make with an open bottom or access for a light bulb. Back in the day they may have been plastic. I make these as more of a stand alone geometric art piece. They are clear coated for the photos because you can see cross shadows easier in 2D, but I also stain them to match home or office decor.

Technically, this is an Icosahedron, 20 flat triangular planes, 12 great pentagons and 60 pieces of wood total. Each piece has 2 notches that are compound mitered only halfway thru so they nest together snug like the notches in Lincoln Logs. There are actually very few glue joints in these. This one is 9″ and I also make them 12″ tall.

Wood Cuboctahedron Model

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by rndmodelshop

This is an all wood Cuboctahedron. It can be used as a classroom lecture model or a nice “Atomic Age” decor piece. There is a resurgence of Mid Century Modern “Jetsons” type of art pieces lately so these are pretty cool.

This is made of 6 squares, 8 triangles, 12 vertices and 24 pieces of wood. If you look closely, there are 4 true hexagon equators. Each of the vertices has full 3 axis compound miters. This one is 9″ tall.