Another "X" Puzzle

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Project by Picken5 posted 01-06-2013 06:36 AM 5229 views 21 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve admired this type of puzzle made by other lumberjocks – so I made one myself from walnut, curly maple & sycamore. The pins are red oak. Finished with BLO & paste wax. I used the technique that another lumberjock (Paul Pomerleau) used with his puzzle ( to drill the pin holes accurately — which is why my version has the sycamore caps.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 01:20 PM

Thats cool !! Do the pins travel freely up & down ? If so what would the size of the pins be & the size of the holes that they travel in ?

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 01:28 PM

First time I’ve seen one of these. So the trick is to figure out which end-cap to pull first, right?
Pretty cool

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 11:32 PM

Very nice. Love the colors.
Rich looking and well built.

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 11:48 PM

Actually, the end-caps don’t come off—I glued them on after the holes were drilled and the pins were inserted. And, yes, all four pins travel freely—they’re slightly smaller than the holes. (I drilled 3/8” diam holes and sanded a 3/8 diam oak dowel till it slid easily.) The idea of the puzzle is to push the pins back in each of the two blocks—and put the blocks together like shown in the first photo. Next, shake the whole thing. The pins will slide around in the holes so the two halves won’t separate—then hand it to someone and ask them to take it apart. It may take them a while to figure it out—and it’s embarrassingly simple to solve. Check out for an alternate way to build one—and a description of the solution.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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