# Math Monday: Scroll saw fractals

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.

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### 2 Responses to Math Monday: Scroll saw fractals

1. corypoole on said:

http://oceananinchdeep.blogspot.com/2011/01/3d-fractals-cut-on-scroll-saw.html

This has a small blog post on making these and several other objects using this technique.

They’re pretty fun to make.

2. corypoole on said:

http://oceananinchdeep.blogspot.com/2011/01/3d-fractals-cut-on-scroll-saw.html

This has a small blog post on making these and several other objects using this technique.

They’re pretty fun to make.