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#63856
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
Here is a proof of concept using Model Magic with the full 2x2x2 footprint:





I am curious how it will dry. To make the close to spec Platform pieces, a floor could added to the "mold." Of course, to bring it closer to spec little dabs could be added in the future if the piece dries too wonky and shrinks too much.
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#63861
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
Another way to toughen Styro:


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#64002
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
Here is a photo of my painted styro blocks. You can see a potential stair arrangement as well. I painted them all with a layer or two of Pledge/Futura ans it seems to have toughened their skin a good deal. This weekens they will undergo the 5 year old boy test. We shall see how they do.



I am also considering picking 1 inch and 2 inch pine cubes. Painted black, they would be a good long term option.

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#64027
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
The 5 y.o. test is one of the Key Play Testing strategies... at least IMO. If they can survive that, they can survive almost anything... well maybe not the 3 y.o. or the dog test...

So far that is the only thing that has destroyed a GT. the chew test of a Golden Retriever Pup. Failed miserably. Ha!
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#64671
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
teazia wrote:

I suspect though, that for long term durability, price, and on spec dimensions it would be hard to beat prefabbed 2 inch wood cubes for structural pieces. One could always drill out the centers to save weight. They would match the throw it in the bag rough and tumble nature of GTs.


Hey there,

did you follow up on the thought about wood cubes? That option is looking more and more attractive to me. 2 inch square pine cubes might be a durable, no fuss cheap solution to making heavy elevation builds.

I've taken to heart your advice about "going big, or going home" with regard to elevation. My bank account is asking me to go bigger on wooden cubes or foam insulation than on large pedestal packs :-). I'm looking at all of my options at this point. Probably a little of both!
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#64706
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
I ordered 102 one inch cubes off Amazon. They are real cheap, less than $20. I can glue 8 of them together to get two inch cubes and also mix it up for other sizes. 2 inch blocks should be fine as well. Styro is ok, but you need to handle
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them with kid gloves rather than be rough and tumble with them.

I'm sure I will want to get more wood cubes later :p
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#64708
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
teazia wrote:
I ordered 102 one inch cubes off Amazon. They are real cheap, less than $20. I can glue 8 of them together to get two inch cubes and also mix it up for other sizes. 2 inch blocks should be fine as well. Styro is ok, but you need to handle
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them with kid gloves rather than be rough and tumble with them.

I'm sure I will want to get more wood cubes later :p

Could you share the Amazon link?

Thanks.
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#64719
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
teazia wrote:
I ordered 102 one inch cubes off Amazon. They are real cheap, less than $20. I can glue 8 of them together to get two inch cubes

So just playing devils advocate... for $20 you get 102 blocks, and 8 makes a 2x2 so you get 12 for $20 - Pedestal pack is 15 for $45 all nicely sculpted and ready to go... suddenly those dwarvenite blocks are looking like a bargain ;)

If you want wood, get a 4x4 of redwood or doug fir, rip it to exactly 2x2 and then cut it in slices - if you go actual 2x2 you will get over 40 of them from a $15 piece of lumber, if you go 2x2x1.5 you'll get like 60 or mix it up and do a bunch of each. I realize that you need tools to do this, but anyone with a table saw and a chop saw can do this in no time flat and you have to know someone with tools who would happily do it for a 6 pack (add $10 to the total cost...).

I use wood under my elevations with game tiles and it works great, but it is HEAVY. Someone else was using cork and that looked like a super nice very portable solution. Plus cork already looks good without painting which is a big bonus if you are using it exposed in caverns.
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#64722
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
I'm not saying the DF blocks are a bad deal, they are in fact a very good deal. But they are a one time ending soon deal that won't be delivered til later this year. I highly recommend them otherwise.

The benefit of.using one inch cubes is that you still get a grid and can use them now. Cutting up a plank is for sure cheaper, but I have no tools and know no one with tools (urban soon to be in Asia). Thanks for the recommendation though!

This is what I bought

www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00004WKPR

They were a few bucks cheaper when I picked them up. Amazon is strange sometimes.
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#64724
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
You can also find 2" unfinished wood blocks that are fairly cheap in bulk. No gluing, and only one cut to make for a 2"x2"x1.5" block.

Four 1" cubes and sixteen 0.5" cubes would make a 2"x2"x1.5" block, if that's the way you want to go. I can't find any precut unfinished blocks in those dimensions online.

If you can find a local woodworking shop they might be able to custom cut some unfinished wood blocks in whatever size you like. (I got my clear flight stands that way, from a local plexiglass shop.)
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#64762
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
It turns out Hobby Lobby has 50cm wood.cubes for $0.99. Not a bad price and no shipping charges. You can pick up a few and see what you think. And if you like them, you can pick up more at your leisure. Maybe get them.on sale too :p.

I'm curious about cork, where cab you get cork thick enough for.these types of.blocks?
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#64765
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Cork yoga blocks are big enough to cut into several/many blocks, but you'll have to look around to find one that's only 5cm thick, and you'll have to deal with finished (rounded) edges.

One or two people on Etsy make children's (lettered) blocks in 2" cubes.

Alternately, ask that local woodworking shop if they can get/cut cork in the dimensions you need.
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