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Wood Dowel Puzzle – Advanced Version

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Project by mtairymd posted 04-22-2016 12:51 AM 939 views 16 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I posted a dowel puzzle that contained 8 segments. To my surprise, it turned out to very challenging for my coworkers because there was only a 25% completion/success rate. The typical time before someone asked for a hammer to make the pieces fit was about 5 minutes.

This week, I’ve upped the challenge with a larger, 16 segment version. As you will see, symmetry doesn’t help out this time.

Build Instructions:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Wood-Dowel-Puzzle-Advanced-Version/





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 02:07 AM

When things look simple, it has been proven that they are not. Nice puzzle.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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mtenterprises

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 09:34 AM

Oooo, BAD!!! (in a good way)

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mtairymd

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#3 posted 04-22-2016 12:30 PM

Thanks. I simple 8 segment puzzle drove people nuts last week.


When things look simple, it has been proven that they are not. Nice puzzle.

- doubleDD


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drbyte

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#4 posted 04-22-2016 12:37 PM

Great puzzle! Now I have to make another one! No one has solved mine yet without a little hint or two! Everybody wants to saw/sand/whittle the last piece down to get it in there! No one will solve that 16 pc monster!!!

-- Dennis, WV

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mtairymd

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#5 posted 04-22-2016 01:16 PM

Thanks. I gave the last one (8 segment) to 20 people and 5 solved it. The fastest time was 2 minutes. The longest was over an hour. Face palm after they see the simple solution :).


Great puzzle! Now I have to make another one! No one has solved mine yet without a little hint or two! Everybody wants to saw/sand/whittle the last piece down to get it in there! No one will solve that 16 pc monster!!!

- drbyte


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#6 posted 04-22-2016 01:17 PM

It’s a wonderful puzzle and very creative and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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mtairymd

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#7 posted 04-22-2016 05:16 PM

Thank you.


It s a wonderful puzzle and very creative and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


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#8 posted 04-24-2016 04:50 AM

Nice puzzle. Thanks for the post.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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