Wooden Cone

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  1. math_teacher

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    Hi,

    I am trying to find a solid wooden cone - like a building block. I need to purchase a couple cones for demonstration in a math class...I'd like them to be around 1 foot tall. I've looked at Michael's and AC Moore and a few toy stores.

    Any ideas where I could find a cone like this?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Aliceacc

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    Does it have to be wood? You could probably find 'floral foam' (green styrofoam) ones at a craft or floral supply store- they are used for topiaries.
     
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    I don't know where you can find such large cones, but there's lots of places you can get solid geometric shapes that are part of a set, like this: http://www.enasco.com/math/Geometry/Geometric+Volume_Shape+Sets/?&sort=az&page=1
     
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    I think sewing factories used to use those for the threads they sewed with; with all the sewing factories in China now you'd have to look elsewhere. Do you have any wood cutting friends or know where a home is being built?
     
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    did you ask Jem?
     
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    Alice -- that is exactly what I'm going to do with the cone....but I can't stand the price...which is why I was hoping to buy just a plain solid cone and then use a saw to cut it myself .....
     
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    That is a good idea! I checked out regular styrofoam ones they were very reasonably priced .... but they were "frustrums" -- the point was missing!! I'm guessing that it was not structurally valuable to have a delicate point on something that is probably getting covered by flowers or something.......

    But I'm open to the idea of styrofoam as backup....
     
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    not sure

    not sure what you want, but maybe a Halloween store has a witches hat.
     
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    You are in Jersey,

    Look for a cabinet maker and see if he will make your cone for you. Every cabinet maker has lathes and he or she could turn out a cone that size in about an hour maybe two.

    I know down here our local old timer at the Rainbolt Cabinetry shop makes wooded models for the teachers all the time and does as a charity to help us teach.
     
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    Thank you all!!!

    I really like that video and I plan to share it with my kids this year.

    I still would really love to have a physical 3-D model -- I think some kids would benefit from having the opportunity to see AND touch AND rotate to their own curiosity.....

    I will look into the cabinet maker idea also -- good call...
     

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