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Project by Live4Brew posted 05-26-2011 07:10 PM 2004 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandfather (via pocket knife) made the second of these two puzzles when he was a kid. My dad wanted to make one puzzle for each of his siblings for Christmas so they could have a piece to remember him by. He asked me to make them for him, so I made 9 (he has 6 siblings and I wanted a few extra to keep for myself). Wow, what a pain it was to make all those precise cuts! My fingers were quite sore after 4 hours of cutting too!

The first puzzle has 6 pieces all of the same configuration. The second has 3 similar pieces to the first puzzle, two pieces with an additional “v” removed, and one final piece – a “key”, if you will.

It’s been fun watching people I know fumble trying to get them together. I’ve only had one friend (a brilliant engineer) complete the puzzle on his own.





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SteveMI

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#1 posted 05-26-2011 07:48 PM

Those are real cool. The grain really adds to the them.

Did you go the pocket knife route also?

Steve.

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Live4Brew

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 07:52 PM

Not a chance! Ha. I made a sled on the table saw for this project.

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 07:57 PM

Interesting project. Do you have plans or instructions?

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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Live4Brew

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 07:58 PM

No plans, I just figured out how to make them after seeing my grandads puzzle and looking at others online.

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hasbeen

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 08:00 PM

OK, Do you have a link to online puzzles?

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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Carwyn Owen

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 01:39 AM

brings back many childhood memories. my grandfather also had one of this pussels, he was a woodworker and is were i got most of my tools. thanks for the post
CO

-- “Woodworkers are only thieves of each other’s ideas.”

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 02:00 PM

They are brilliant. Working in a school, it’s fun to make puzzles like these and ask the kids to work them out. These are truely awe inspiriring. Well done, regards Hagrid

-- Hagrid, Leongatha Australia

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