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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 03-14-2019 11:48 AM 673 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls.

I thought I came to the end of my tether with my last puzzle post, however, I just wanted to prove to everyone out there that I can be as 2 dimensional as the next jerk.

I’ll leave the comentary short, though not necessarily sweet.

Designed under CorelDraw (freebie Inkscape would also do the trick) and printed on 6mm MDF using my laser. No alignment dowels were harmed in this undertaking. The “text” was only put in ‘cause I can, however, if anyone wants to try it, you can chose your own profanity to scroll or just leave it out.

To simplify assembly confusion, I coloured the back of each piece with a texta (felt marker or sharpie to all you foreigners) to mark the down side of the pieces,

except for one piece (in each puzzle) on which I engraved the solution on the back,

This way I can either package the puzzle with the coloured backing and the printed solution or the engraved piece as an extra to the printed solution… however, who can resist a temptation to cheat?

The puzzle was assembled, sanded as one, and buffed using tripoly, white diamond and carnauba waxes. Many hours were spent crawling around on the shop floor tracking down pieces that the buffer flung across the workshop as I chose to buff assembled… and of course those little suckers managed to discover hiding spaces that even spiders have missed.

I drilled some holes behind the letters (gallery picture #5) to permit popping them out and add a few more pieces to the puzzle… however, I think I might glue them in as they spend more time on the floor than with the puzzle. No you are not crazy… the holes do not line up as the back is of the LBD puzzle.

I made two of each in case I made a friend… unfortunately, so far, all 4 are sitting in my cabinet (puzzles not friends)...

The only dimensions I will provide are overall dimensions,
  • Puzzle #1 is 5 ½” x 6”.

    Why did I call it Puzzle... well as the adage says, ”A puzzle by any other name is still a puzzle”.
  • Puzzle #2 is 5” x 5 ¼”.

    This proves the adage… I called it LBD... but it’s still a puzzle.

Layout and solutions PDF (sneak previews… layout,


are provided to glue to the timber, for any thrillseeking scrollers that want to give it a go… though I suggest you glue the layout and not the solution. If it’s scrolled out of one piece, the pieces will automatically fit, however, crooked lines may give the assembler an unfair advantage.
The PDF’s could also be used by anyone that has a laser and/or CNC and want to try their hand at it/them.
With dexterous manipulation of your keyboard, you could resize the print to alter the dimensions to your preference.

Enjoy making one for yourself or as a present, otherwise just sit back and wait for the next puzzle I keep promising not to publish!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#1 posted 03-14-2019 05:15 PM


I am really happy that I am not the only “non-normal” person here!

I do enjoy your side trips through the realms of ? Just like my own; that I do not publicize!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 03-14-2019 07:34 PM

Interesting and very well made puzzle game. It’s always fun and challenge to deal with such type of games.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-14-2019 11:02 PM

LBD sometimes you leave me completely puzzled. Well done with this project.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#4 posted 03-14-2019 11:27 PM

It appears to be a variation of the Pentominos puzzle invented by mathematian Solomon Golomb. It consists of all possible configurations of five squares, not counting mirror reflections. It is played on an 8×8 board of identical squares. This leaves four squares empty. There are many solitaire or two persons games.

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

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#5 posted 03-14-2019 11:52 PM

Yeh Phil32, Solomon gave me the plans to this puzzle many, many years ago while sharing a beer as we debated the validity of Pythogoras’ theorem, the Fibonachi sequence, the merit of E=MC² and whether Mr. Da Vinci was in reality a woman (the missus keeps saying he was too smart to be a man).

Unfortunately I had to wait for the invention of the PC and this LJ forum before I could pass on his good work.

PS. Thanks for the info… had no idea of it’s history or origin… you may have guessed I was fibbing about sharing the beer… (we had separate glasses each as he was sporting a cold sore).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 03-15-2019 08:14 PM

Nice one LBD,

-- Hand Skills

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#7 posted 03-15-2019 08:25 PM

very puzzling work Ducky :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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