Impossible pinball in a wooden cube DANGER EXTREMELY UNSAFE

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  • Published on:  Sunday, September 9, 2012
  • If your comment was removed, it is because it was already covered by the following snappy answers to stupid questions:

    -------"Freeze the pinball to make it smaller."-------
    If by smaller, you mean a few ten-thousandths, then yes. But we would require the pinball to be 20% smaller, and that will not happen even if we could remove all of the heat from the pinball. That trick will not work for this application.

    -------"Poplar is not a softwood, dude...
    gymnosperm, angiosperm, et cetera."-------
    No, Poplar (Tulipwood) does not have a softwood classification, but we aren't really talking about the structure of the tree's seed, are we? Here we are concerned with the properties of the piece of wood in question. A soft wood (two words) is recommended for this project- a piece of wood that is soft.

    -------"Why does the title say 'unsafe?' Is it just for views?"-------
    Not for views. It was a sarcastic response to the excessive safety criticism. The "impossible" part of the title was put in there for views.

    -------"That's unsafe!"-------
    Don't do it, then. I will concede that the table-saw scene was not the best way to make this cut, but if you didn't already realize that, you shouldn't be using the table-saw in the first place.

    -------"Your fingernails are gross."-------
    I have a rare condition known as nail biting, not that it should in any way concern you.

    Must I really explain why I now remove these comments? The annotation has only provoked those who think that they are original by making the comment in spite of it. There has been more than 100 comments of this sort by now. *Edit:* Hundreds and hundreds by now. *Edit#2:* Perhaps now in the thousands. Real edgy.

    -------"I was going to subscribe, until I read your comments. Instead, I disliked this video. Your awful personality forced my hand."-------
    I am human, and so I do want your approval. I like to be liked, despite the fact that nobody seems to actually like me. Herein lays the paradox: I am willing to sacrifice being liked in the interest of accuracy. If you make a stupid claim, I reserve the right to pounce on it like a pissed off peregrine. Your ridiculous comments are fair game to me, and I prey on the weak. If that makes me unlikable, I will live with that. I don't want to be nasty or petty, and I want to preserve free speech, but I have learned that without moderation, comment sections tend towards a natural regression to the literary equivalent of somewhere around a stadium bathroom stall. I am moderator here, and I deserve to be, since I'm the one who made the thing you are commenting on. Free expression is being preserved here- MY free expression.
    This is a fun and simple project.
    People rarely (if ever) can guess how it is done.
    *Fresh-cut wood may have a moisture content of more than 80%. That is nearly as much water as the mass of the wood itself! We often forget that the wood we use to make stuff has been dried like a sponge that sat under the sink for too long. Oh, and a sponge is made of cellulose, the same organic compound that makes up much of wood. One more thing if you are still reading: cellulose is the most common organic compound found on planet Earth. Think about that next time you are about to buy a sponge for more than a buck.
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  • NBRwoodturning


     22 hours ago

    I Still come back to this’s been a while now, glad it’s still on YouTube :) be right back in 3 years 😎

  • dredlocked07


     2 days ago

    This was awesome

  • Shimron Netia

    Shimron Netia

     7 days ago


  • Bou Dreux

    Bou Dreux

     7 days ago

    The appearance of David Hasselhoff in this video was a very nice touch .

  • johny radio

    johny radio

     14 days ago

    Wow, the straw analogy was awesome. First time I really understood wood grain. Also, I applaud your moderation policy.

  • John Wilson

    John Wilson

     14 days ago

    Watching you get the pinball out isn't as fascinating as watching you put it in.

  • CC Baaktubetube

    CC Baaktubetube

     14 days ago

    so what is the percentage of anti-shrinckage the wood can handle ? Depending on the wood used, presumably.

  • snatchmoism


     14 days ago

    I simply found it interesting. So I can see where lashing out at(think they're smarter) idiots would be kinda fun.

  • Bill Roberts

    Bill Roberts

     21 days ago

    Nice video, thanks. I know it's rather old now but did you ever do the "9 ball?" I only just saw this so if it's old info I get it lol
    The studs in blue "CHEP" pallets should be perfect size and the best part? There's NINE pieces per pallet! Lmk how it works!

  • Paul G

    Paul G

     21 days ago

    nice video, boat builders have mastered this method for eons. I think they steam heat the wood after soaking and before stressing.

  • Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant

    Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant

     21 days ago

    20 seconds I can tell you one thing woodworkers can hide seems very easily

  • SF Bay Area Bicycle

    SF Bay Area Bicycle

     21 days ago

    I think the stick to hold the wood underwater was one of the very clever bits.

  • Wintergust


     21 days ago

    Fun project. Thanks for uploading.

  • bmull81


     21 days ago

    Thank you! Informative and entertaining to the end!

  • Vulcan Princess

    Vulcan Princess

     21 days ago

    put the wood on a magnetic levitation plate so the pinball floats in the middle tho it might float too high and hit the top

  • Ron Wakefield

    Ron Wakefield

     21 days ago


  • Christina Reuter Mitchell

    Christina Reuter Mitchell

     21 days ago

    The best part of the video is the "snappy answers to stupid questions" in the description. The video got my Thumbs Up for that.

  • VolDep45


     21 days ago

    Excellent video. I like the use of the bundled straws as an explanation of why you take advantage of the wood's end grain. Kudos!!

  • Terrell Methvin

    Terrell Methvin

     21 days ago

    Good job

  • Andy McWilliams

    Andy McWilliams

     28 days ago

    Tommy sent me here.