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Diagonal Star (Tom Lensch)
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Diagonal Star (Stewart Coffin)
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Diagonal Star (Lee Krasnow)
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Diagonal Star (Lee Krasnow)
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Diagonal Star (Stewart Coffin)
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Diagonal Star (Lee Krasnow)
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Diagonal Star (Bart Buie)
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Diagonal Star (Lee Krasnow)
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Diagonal Star (Lee Krasnow)
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Diagonal Star (Lee Krasnow)
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Diagonal Star (Lee Krasnow)
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Diagonal Star (Allan Boardman)
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Designer:Unknown
Craftsman:Tom Lensch (1st)
Stewart Coffin (2nd & 5th)
Lee Krasnow (3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th,9th, 10th & 11th)
Bart Buie (7th)
Allan Boardman (12th)
Category:Interlocking
Material:Satinwood (1st)
Cherry & Tulipwood & Bubinga (2nd)
Cocobolo, Bubinga & Bocote (3rd & 4th)
Cherry & Brazilian Rosewood (5th)
Macassar Ebony, Cambodian Rosewood & Bocote (6th)
Macassar Ebony, Satinwood & Bloodwood (7th)
Macassar Ebony, Cambodian Rosewood, Gaboon Ebony & Bubinga (8th & 9th)
Tamarindo, Santos Rosewood, Macassar Ebony, Honduras Rosewood & Goncalo Alves (10th & 11th)
Maple (12th)
Pieces:6

The Diagonal Star is a variation of the Diagonal Burr. All six pieces are identical. They are like the pieces in the Diagonal Burr, but with the ends beveled to an edge. It is assembled by making two subassemblies of three pieces and sliding them together.
 
The 1st photograph shows the simplist version made from one wood with each piece cut from one pice of wood and the ends notched.
 
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th photographs show a versions made from three woods and pieces glued up from three components each. This eliminates the end grain and enhances the appearance of the puzzle. Two pieces from each of the three puzzles in the 3rd photograph were used to assemble the puzzle shown in the 4th.
 
The 5th, 6th and 7th photographs show versions made from three woods and where the glued-up end pieces use different woods for the ends. This creates a "+" from one wood on opposite sides.
 
The 8th and 9th photographs show a version made from four woods and pieces glued up from four components each. This causes four of the "dimpled" faces, in tetrahedral orientation, to be from one wood. Note the unusual piece construction in the 9th photograph.
 
The 19th & 11th photographs show Lee Krasnow's 4B version of the Diagonal Star with a cubic internal void. Lee often include on of his small trick opening boxes in this space.
 
The 12th photograph show one of Allan Boardman's miniature burrs. This burr is 1/2 inch across!
 
Stewart called this puzzle Sirius. Number 4 and 4A in his numbering system. The variation shown in the 8th and 9th photographs was created by Lee Krasnow.
 
More information in The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections
Puzzle World 1997-2012 by John Rausch
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