Math Monday: Scroll Saw Fractals
JANUARY 10, 2011

by George Hart



With just a scroll saw, starting from a cube of wood, it is possible to make a family of complex, cube-based fractals.

Once you’ve mastered the above, try the next level up in this family:

Below is a face-on view, which shows the pattern that has to be cut three times to get the final object. You cut the same outline in the XY plane, the XZ plane, and the YZ plane.

Cory Poole showed me this technique, which I’d not seen before.




This article first appeared on Make: Online, January 10, 2011.

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