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Blog entry by rance posted 483 days ago 2544 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got dragged off to another site today and wasted too much time browsing their wooden puzzles. Then it occurred to me, other than Gene’s many games and a variety of nail puzzles, Are there any puzzle makers here on LJ? Do they socialize with regular woodworkers?

I am very fascinated with puzzles, but I’m not much good at solving them. I do have a keen desire to want to know how they are constructed, but the information seems to be as tight of a secret as a magician’s illusions.

One thing I have noticed though, is that the puzzle makers sure seem to have great skills in building what they build. So are there any LJ puzzle makers out there? And are you willing to share any of the workings and techniques in your builds?

Here’s a simple Box puzzle that I’ll get started with:

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--



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jap

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#1 posted 483 days ago

I built a few of the puzzles in this book.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=57208&cat=1,46096,46132,57208

-- Joel

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abie

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#2 posted 483 days ago

I for one build puzzles and have tried to sell them as well.
hard to build not many for sale I have several books I will recommend.
1. Puzzles in wood, E.M. Wyatt,
2. Puzzle projects for wood workers, A.J. Boardman,
3.New wood puzzle designs, James w Follette,
4. Crafting wood logic puzzles Charles Self w tom leach
5.Wonders in wood, E.M Wyatt
that should keep you plenty busy.
it has me.

Once there go to the web and look for Burr Puzzles
ther are hundreds of variations.
Enjoy
Bruce

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

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vipond33

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#3 posted 483 days ago

We never socialize with people that don’t know the secret, ever.
If I told you the secret I would have to kill you.
Having said that, here is the secret.
Go to your saw, cut.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 483 days ago

Nice block assembly on it’s surface…

.... what is within?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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clieb91

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#5 posted 482 days ago

Rance, I love to make logic puzzles and games. I would recommend all of the above books as well. I also love puzzle boxes but have not yet attempted to make one. I actually have 3 of those KaraKuri puzzle cubes.

Hope you will think about blogging the process of making yours.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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RonAgro

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#6 posted 481 days ago

Yeah even I like the logic puzzles very much,I specially fond of such puzzles.

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Thomas Hanson

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#7 posted 465 days ago

here, try this:
http://woodgears.ca/puzzles/index.html
when you get tired of that there’s lots more out there. Puzzle makers are like, “Here, make this, you’ll still never figure it out though.” There are some Gawdawful badass puzzles out there.

-- Okie from Council Hill

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 463 days ago

Hare are some more Homemade Puzzles you might enjoy…
... Some of his Plans...
... Bruce does a fantastic job!...

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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vipond33

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#9 posted 462 days ago

Now that you are finally at your saw, try keeping one of these books open beside your fence. Both great.
Puzzles Old and New: How to Make and Solve Them or
Creative Puzzles of the World
either at your library or AbeBooks & AbeBooks for cheap. The Slocum one is gorgeous to boot. No hair accessories needed.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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