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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics


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

scrollsaw fractal 1 Math Monday: Scroll saw fractals

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

scrollsaw fractal 2 Math Monday: Scroll saw fractals

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.

scrollsaw fractal 3 Math Monday: Scroll saw fractals

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

See all of George Hart’s Math Monday columns

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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