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12-Piece Burr Puzzle

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Project by JustJoe posted 12-28-2013 09:58 PM 1737 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a little something to use up some scraps. This is a 12 piece burr puzzle in cherry and walnut. I got the plans for free from the American Woodworker site.

It’s very easy to make – all 12 pieces are alike:
3/4×3/4×4.5”
Each one has 3 cuts with a 3/4” dado set 3/8” deep.
I used my dado crosscut sled and it took less than 5 minutes to make all the cuts. Another couple minutes for a quick sanding and then I relieved the edges on the router table.
From the time I grabbed the scraps out of the bucket to the time I finished relieving the edges was under 20 minutes. That included ripping to 3/4×3/4, cutting to length, installing the dado blade etc.

Assembly, even with the instructions provided, took a bit longer.
It is a snug fit as made, and I’m worried that any finish will make it too tight. So I’ll either sand it down some more, or – more likely considering the amount of scraps I have to get rid of – I’ll do up another one but add a couple .01 shims to the dado set.

My goal for next year is to use up as many small scraps as I can, and I like puzzles. So if you know of any other burr puzzle plans like this please post them on LJ!

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#1 posted 12-28-2013 10:51 PM

Very good Joe. I’ve been using up some scraps too.

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#2 posted 12-28-2013 10:56 PM

Don, wood stoves are for people who don’t have the sense to retire in Arizona!

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#3 posted 12-28-2013 11:02 PM

Retire? That’s for people who have the sense to plan ahead.

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 11:12 PM

Don,

I thought you’d invested all your retirement funds in Stanley planes…

Herb

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 11:37 PM

Thanks for the puzzle idea. Been wanting to do some of these.

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

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#6 posted 12-29-2013 12:57 AM

I love wooden puzzles and burrs are one of my favorite. I am going to make this one!

A good use of scraps … we can’t burn wood this week as we are under a spare the air alert. This happens quite frequently in the winter when the winds are not cooperating.

Thanks Joe, you added to my project list!

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

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#7 posted 12-29-2013 01:08 AM

I love the wooden puzzles as well.

By the way, this is what I plan do when I retire.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-29-2013 01:26 AM

the way, this is what I plan do when I retire.

You mean move to Arizona?

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#9 posted 12-29-2013 01:32 AM

You all are quite welcome to come on down – there is plenty of room. Monte, you would find the weather much more agreeable than in South Dakota. But be forewarned that there are little to no vintage tools to be found around here, and only a couple of decent lumberyards, so make sure to bring everything you need with you.

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#10 posted 12-29-2013 04:22 AM

These would make great gifts. Thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 12-29-2013 06:52 AM

These are so much fun to make and even more fun to watch the receiver in their attempt to solve

-- Norman

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#12 posted 12-29-2013 01:09 PM

Looks great. Looking forward to more puzzels!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#13 posted 12-29-2013 02:59 PM

Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
There are some more on woodgears.ca: http://woodgears.ca/puzzles/index.html I plan on doing the “Borg puzzle” next. :)

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#14 posted 12-29-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks Jabog6 – those are the kind of links I’m looking for.

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#15 posted 12-29-2013 06:54 PM

Hello JustJoe

In my favorite for a next future

Great work

I like all these types of games

Thanks a lot for the link

Thanks for sharing

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