Two rings puzzle

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Project by rwyoung posted 12-14-2009 06:53 AM 2809 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another quick stocking stuffer. I made the “half-hour puzzle” (a 3×3x3 cube puzzle) after seeing one on-line and in a book. I checked the book out from the library again because I remembered this simple little puzzle but I was a little unclear on how the knot is tied.

The object is to move both brass rings to the same loop, left or right of the center hole. The rings are too large to fit through the hole.

The book is “Crafting Wood Logic Puzzles” by Self and Lensch. It should still be in print but it happens I can borrow the copy from my library so the price is right… If anyone was looking for plans for the half-hour puzzle, they are also in Self’s book plus 16 other puzzles besides the two I’ve shown here. :)

The woods are teak and cherry. The teak I received from FLWoodRat as a thank-you for loaning him a router bit. The teak is really nice stuff, pre-embargo I’m told. Cuts and planes very nicely.

The cherry is scrap left from a bookcase project (sigh, that is still underway). The brass rings came from the hardware store and the cord is braided mason’s line.

No sandpaper was harmed in the making of this project. I smoothed and trued all surfaces with my #4 and block plane, including the endgrain. The finish is BLO + beeswax so it has a nice feel in the hands.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 04:03 PM

Cool puzzle! I’d love to try it out.

How are the ends of the cord attached to the block?

-- Will, Tampa, FL

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 04:23 PM

Glued into small holes drilled in the endgrain.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 05:06 PM

Cool, you should show a piciture of the completed puzzle also. Just to prove you can figue out your own puzzle. ;-)

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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