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Project by Peter Brown posted 09-27-2014 07:41 PM 2770 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made a run of these about 3 years ago…

They’re super easy to make and are great to watch people get upset with the gift you gave them. Yeah, I’m a bit of a sadists…

I drilled a 35mm hole in the face. The rope is just nlyon rope from the BORG and some large washers. (As long as they are just too big to pass through the hole.) The closer they are the more infuriating for the puzzler solver and the more joy you get while watching.

I then drilled out a 1/2 hole on either side about an inch deep. Next to the lathe, where I drilled a 1/2 dowel from the tail stock with a 9/32 bit. Thus creating an collar.

I forced the rope through the collar and knotted it. Then shoved the knot into my 1/2” hole and glued the plug in place. Next put on the washers and route the rope through the puzzle Then treat the second rope end just like the first. The object is simple. Get the two rings together. It’s surprisingly tricky…

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters





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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 09-27-2014 10:11 PM

Wait … WHAT? You’re NOT going to show us the solution ?

Why you dirty ….

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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jtmek

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#2 posted 09-27-2014 10:12 PM

come on we have to have the solution!!!

-- a good woodworker can fix his mistakes, agreat w/w can fix them before anybody see's them

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Peter Brown

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 12:21 AM

HA! I did mention being a sadist right?...

Search for two ring puzzle solution if you break down!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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BobWemm

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 04:02 AM

I love puzzles but this one is driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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FaTToaD

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 12:00 PM

Great puzzle! I love these things. I usually have several around the house and if anyone can solve it they get to keep it. I’ve had a couple people (including a 13 year old) solve it under a minute but most people give up.

If anyone really wants to know how to solve it check out my blog post: Solving the Washer Puzzle

-- David

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Peter Brown

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#6 posted 09-28-2014 04:01 PM

So


I love puzzles but this one is driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob.

- BobWemm

Sorry Bob!


Great puzzle! I love these things. I usually have several around the house and if anyone can solve it they get to keep it. I ve had a couple people (including a 13 year old) solve it under a minute but most people give up.

If anyone really wants to know how to solve it check out my blog post: Solving the Washer Puzzle

- FaTToaD

Very nice puzzle David! And I know folks appreciate a bit of help! :)

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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hookfoot

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#7 posted 09-28-2014 05:52 PM

Great puzzel. I have had one for 40 years and it will mess with your mind.

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Hilltopper46

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 03:23 AM

Great puzzle. Great Plans. Thanks for posting.

-- Turnin' and learnin'

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