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Project by JayT posted 03-18-2013 03:02 PM 2217 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had favorited KnotCurser's Diabolical Dice Puzzle when it was posted, but just finally got around to making one of my own. Not exceptionally difficult to make, but a lot of fun.

The blocks are soft maple from a tree we had taken down a couple years ago. Some of the wood was kept for use in the smoker, but a few pieces have found other uses in small projects. The pips are scrap walnut. Each block is approximately 1in square x 3in long. Finish was a good long soak in a 2:1 mix of mineral spirits and BLO.

This now sits on my desk just waiting to frustrate an unsuspecting sales rep or co-worker. No extra pips are present, so it is not exceptionally difficult to solve, but you do have to think a bit and it can get frustrating if you aren’t careful.

Thanks for looking.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835





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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 03:08 PM

Neat little puzzle.
You favorited his, so I’ll favorite yours. That way, I get both links with one favorite LOL

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

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LukieB

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 03:08 PM

Pretty cool Jay, looks very nicely done…..and frustrating indeed.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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KnotCurser

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 05:33 PM

This looks great Jay!

I like the grain pattern in your wood selection – it compliments the puzzle well.

I’ve solved mine quite a few times, but you are correct – you really have to think about what you are doing!

Great build and thanks for both sharing and the “shout out”. :-)

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Nickdarr

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 05:51 PM

I like it. Mistakes from another project will turn into one of these.

-- Darren... Learn, practice, teach, and leave a lasting impact.

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MrsN

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 08:42 PM

I forgot about this puzzle. I had one of my classes make these as a measurement excersie, I should do that again.

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ShaneA

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 08:47 PM

Looks pretty cool.

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JayT

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#7 posted 03-18-2013 10:00 PM

Thank you for the compliments. The next one I make will be a birthday present for my older brother and will probably include some random extra pips—that should serve as payback for getting picked on growing up :-P

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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DonR

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#8 posted 03-18-2013 11:15 PM

might have to make one of these and leave it on my desk…

-- Don Riney, Arlington TX, --- Using a lathe involves breaking years and years of training and sticking a sharp piece of metal into rotating machinery.

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madts

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#9 posted 03-19-2013 01:24 AM

Nice job. I have made several of these and they drive people crazy.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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NormG

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 04:24 AM

Great piece to put on the coffee table

-- Norman

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 03-19-2013 02:12 PM

Looks great and I like the idea of frustrating the sales reps that come by. Nice little project.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Fishinbo

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#12 posted 03-21-2013 02:11 PM

Looks fun but quite challenging. A great way to exercise the brain. Like it!

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Pieter

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#13 posted 04-19-2013 03:31 PM

I Would love to make one for my Brother-in-law, he loves this kind of puzzle. Question, where or how may I get the pattern to make it?

A relitively new member and enjoying getting new ideas to make gifts.

Pieter

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JayT

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#14 posted 04-19-2013 03:59 PM

Pieter, for a pattern, click on the link to KnotCurser’s original puzzle in the project post. Reply #23 on that thread has a link to the pattern.

Otherwise, all I did was make the nine sticks, stack them up and using a regular die sitting on the bench next me for a guide, marked the sides in the same pattern.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Leonard5

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#15 posted 07-23-2014 08:16 PM

Cool

-- Leonard H.

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