In the time period between when Icehouse Games went out of business and Looney Labs started producing hollow plastic pieces, it was impossible to purchase high quality Icehouse pieces. Those of us who wanted pieces that weren't made of paper were reduced to making them ourselves. This is the first set I ever made, serial number 0010101.
Here's a post I made in 1997 about making these pieces:
I spent a few hours last night making wooden icehouse pieces in my basement. My, what an incredible pain in the butt. So anyway, I've thought for a while, "Hey, if I only had a disc sander on my workbench I could sand pieces out of pine pretty easily." Then, at PhilCon, #12 enlightens me by telling me that the gnomes at Icehouse games used a handheld belt sander to sand the xyloid sets after receiving them raw from the manufacturer. D'oh! I have one of those! So, what I did was I used a box saw to cut square wooden rods from from planks of nearly the correct thickness. Then, I sanded points of approximately the right angle onto the end of each rod using a coarse belt on the sander. Point made, I cut pyramids of almost the correct height from each rod.* I used fine sandpaper to polish each pyramid to a dangerous point. I found that tacking a sheet down to the workbench and just rubbing pieces on it worked very well. I now have a handful of 2-pointoids and 1-pointoids on my workbench, stained in a nice maple. They're not perfect, but with some practice and inch thick wood for 3-pointers, I might eventually be able to make sets. Once I got going, I was pumping out pyramids about one every five minutes. At that rate it would only take me about 2.5 hours each per set; less, if I can get a decent jig built. * Now that I think about it, if the points have the correct angle, and I cut pyramids of the correct height from them, the thickness of the wood doesn't matter a single bit. It doesn't even have to be square.