Elephant Puzzle

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Project by archie18 posted 12-19-2013 02:28 AM 1600 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based on plans from an old issue of American Woodworker magazine. Made from poplar, oak, and walnut. Approximately 8” x 4” x 6”. The ears rotate to lock everything together.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 02:48 AM

Congrats :
Been there done that…
Very hard, challenging, and now I have parts for three more but no one to give them to..
There are more puzzles in three books : Crafting Wood logic puzzles, New Wood Puzzle designs, ,Puzzle Projects for Woodworkers. That will keep you plenty busy…

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 03:29 AM

really cool and well done. Could you provide the year/month of the magazine. Tx in advance.

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 03:52 AM

Cool! I like it.

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 04:42 AM

Nice job. I may have to search for that set of plans some day. Fun work.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 05:41 AM

Nice puzzle. What issue were the plans in?

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

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 06:11 AM

Very nice

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 10:32 AM

I like it…. Might have to give this a try.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 12:16 PM

Very cool!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!


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#9 posted 12-19-2013 06:42 PM

AWESOME!!! My only complaint is that you didn’t post this sooner! My father in law loves elephants and this would be a great present for him, but I’m out of time as far as that goess…..

Merry Christmas!

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#10 posted 12-19-2013 10:25 PM

Mind blown! This is a fun and amazing project to do! You outdid yourself!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 12-19-2013 10:51 PM

Very cool, going on my todo list.

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#12 posted 12-20-2013 02:23 AM

This is really cool, great job

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#13 posted 12-20-2013 03:57 PM

Cool, I made a copy of the actual puzzle as a kid but doubled the size. I cut the whole thing using a coping saw which is all I had at the time. Still have it around after all these years. I went and looked for the exact issue and it is American Woodworker 1989, Issue#4 pages 47-50 called Pachyderm Puzzle. I have the PDF of this issue if anyone is interested.

I made my original one out of pine but I have been inspired by this to make one again but out of some nice exotic. Perhaps quadruple the size this time.

Good job and thanks for sharing!

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#14 posted 12-21-2013 11:17 AM

G’Day Archie,
That’’s one awesome elephant puzzle. I don’t have the patience or the talent to do the fine work but surely appreciate those who can and do….well done..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 12-23-2013 04:44 PM

Thanks for the nice comments! Thanks to Neil Davis for posting the source info. I have been out of town and could not remember the issue. The puzzle was a big hit with my grand nephews and nieces.

-- Robert in middle TN

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