Wooden Puzzle

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Project by Phil32 posted 09-11-2018 08:33 PM 1318 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 30-piece wooden puzzle that was described in a book on Woodcarving & Whittling that I received as a young boy in 1947. I made the puzzle pieces in 1950, then added the enclosed box many years later. The box consists of six dovetailed (but not glued) pieces that are decorated with chip carved leaves. The complete puzzle was finished in 2015, which probably set a record for project duration! 65 years!

This version is 4” x 4” x 6” with rails that are 3/8” square, but you could scale it up to full sized logs. Note the pieces are identified with letters to help take it apart and put it together.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#1 posted 09-11-2018 11:39 PM

That reminds me of when I got my Lazarus hand plane. Mateo the guy behind Lazarus sends out his planes in an interlocking box very similar to that. It was a small marvel, and I was as deeply impressed with his packaging as any other I’ve ever gotten. Of course it was all also in a cardboard box, not that it needed to be. He well could cut it out on a CNC, and just assemble it around his product?

Yours looks a tad dressier, not to mention complex, my box inside a box was mostly BB ply, and it certainly had no leaves carved into it..

That kind of craft is amazing, nicely done. Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 09-12-2018 01:12 AM

Very clever. And with a 65 year build time, it makes me feel better about some of my projects that have spanned a few years. :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-12-2018 01:15 AM

That is a very interesting box.

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#4 posted 09-12-2018 04:29 AM

I am surprised, no Escher!
I like the story behind this box puzzle.
When you got the book I was still living in Germany and I was too young for a book on whittling much less a knife.
I like puzzles, especially wooden ones and yours intrigues me.
I may try to copy this one, OK?

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 09-12-2018 11:06 AM

How cool to be able to build something like this from your childhood. I’m sure all of us have projects we start and set aside for month, years, even. I’m impressed that you had the pieces, the plans, and were finally able to finish years later. Most of my projects that get set aside wind up in the scrap pile because I lost the plans, misplaced some of the pieces, or lost interest.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 09-12-2018 06:00 PM

So intriguingly…I like puzzle themed projects -so challenging…especialy for the one who want to get to the content.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-05-2018 06:53 AM

More puzzles please!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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