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If you assemble this rectangle a certain way, you can get the grain of the wood to match up throughout, because the master craftsman who cuts the pieces uses only a single board for the whole set. The edges of the pieces are gently beveled for a sculpted look. The woods we use are mostly maple, poplar, some oak and birch. Interesting details, like burls and knots, add character. Here's another figure from the booklet of 101 challenges, the very tricky octagon:

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