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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.


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.

See all of George Hart’s Math Monday columns

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.