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Project by harum posted 01-03-2018 03:49 AM 1897 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished today these deceptively simple looking wooden puzzles as small gifts. The task is to separate the ring from the cross in the assembled puzzle. I once saw a simpler version of this puzzle in an artisan furniture store, which turned out to be not that hard to solve. These puzzles, however, are designed to be much harder to solve. I borrowed the plans from another woodworker but do not want to put the reference here as yet so that the giftees could try to solve them on their own. Of course, will share the plans on request through PM :).

The woods are padauk, figured walnut, sapele, and purple heart and come from my small cut-offs bin. The finish is sprayed on sanding sealer and then lacquer. The dimensions are: “the ring”—4-1/4” square; the cross—two pieces, 3/4” x 1-1/2” x 8” each. To build these I followed the directions except that I glued up the cross pieces in steps, which made it much easier.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."





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pmayer

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 04:51 AM

These look very cool! I’d love to see the plan since you’re willing to share. Thanks.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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harum

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 05:17 AM

Yes, hopefully they will provide hours of fun for the new owners :). I borrowed the plans myself so will send out the info to anyone interested.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 06:15 AM

I like “tricky” wood puzzles.
Could you share the dimensions of the pieces, but not the solution!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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harum

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#4 posted 01-03-2018 06:31 AM

:) The pieces of the puzzle are made of 3/4” x 3/4” sticks. The ring is a 4-1/4” square; the cross pieces are 3/4” x 1-1/2” x 8”.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#5 posted 01-03-2018 10:54 AM

These look really well made and they look like fun.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-03-2018 12:07 PM

Excellent work. I too would like to see the plans. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 01-03-2018 02:49 PM

The plans would be of real interest to me as well, so if they are still available I’d appreciate a set. Thanks!

-- "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill

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harum

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#8 posted 01-03-2018 03:19 PM



The plans would be of real interest to me as well, so if they are still available I d appreciate a set. Thanks!

- AAL

Yes, the plans are available for sharing; I use PM to share them.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#9 posted 01-03-2018 05:47 PM

I would also be interested in the plans, please. My son will love this.

Thanks for sharing!

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#10 posted 01-03-2018 06:50 PM

These are very nice puzzles and will make nice gifts.

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

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

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#11 posted 01-03-2018 07:17 PM

Very cool. Love to challenge my older kids with these. Could you send the plan to me also.

-- Brad

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#12 posted 01-03-2018 10:55 PM

my kids would love this, but more importantly I can torment them with it. can you send me the plans as well please?

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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harum

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#13 posted 01-03-2018 11:00 PM


but more importantly I can torment them with it.

- bladedust

I believe it makes a pretty painful torture device :)

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#14 posted 01-04-2018 02:13 AM

Gongrats on a Very cool puzzle, my Godchild is a puzzle nut, i would appreciate having the plan if possible

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#15 posted 01-04-2018 05:25 PM

So awesome colours. I like those woden puzzle projects and tricks. It’s always interesting to find out how solution to solve the problem could be simple, infact.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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