As is the tradition in most homes, a TIE Fighter can be found gracing my kitchen countertop. It was therefore only natural that the unpacking of groceries should lead to the contemplation of Lego and potato, specifically how many Legos might be quarried from an average baking potato. Bricks only; no plates or tiles, nothing sloped or curved.
Not yet hungry for fries, I decided to first build a full-scale model with a solid core using the only colors I had in abundance; Star Wars blue and black. This would provide a useful estimate of how much cutting time lay ahead. At 172 pieces, far more than expected. Being sentenced to hours of precision slicing was not how I wished to spend an entire Sunday afternoon. But then I realized the narrow blocks selected for versatility while building the model needn’t be replicated. I’d simply cut as efficiently and go for the biggest bricks as possible while keeping each below a classic 4-stud length. You know studs, right? That's the technical term for the magic pimples that lock one piece to another.
When rain, boredom, and hunger collided a week later, the santoku came out to play.
- Since all bricks are a uniform height, use one as a template to cut the potato lengthwise. Lay flat and set trimmings aside.
- Use a 1-stud brick’s width to start slicing from the curved edge, then 2-stud widths while working across. Set trimmings aside.
- Trim lengths to 2x4, 2x3, 2x2, and 1x1 bricks.
- Use trimmings to quarry 1x1 bricks.
The yield, after a rather ridiculous amount of time, was 144 pieces of various dimensions with a total stud count of 433. Here's the breakdown:
Please note, no bricks were wasted.