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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 07-04-2021 08:55 AM 906 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boy and Girls,

No, it’s not a coop for me when the missus throws a wobbly though it may offer up a coup for the puzzle adversaries.

I was inspired DevinT’s plane article to post another plain puzzle to keep pace with pottzy bowl turning statistics.

While I have already published a box puzzle, this is a subtle alternative as all the pieces are different and are in miniature form only for bagging and freebie handouts to unwary strangers… seeing as how I tried to sell them and after buying about 60 of them I started to run out of money.

This particular/peculiar cube consist of only 6 pieces

while the other was 12 and these pieces are not symmetrical and consequently orientation quadruples the degree of difficulty by an amount of 7.

Inspiration was derived from an Instructables article, however, I had to do enough customisation that it made this puzzle as much my baby as much as the “original and thereby unnamed author”… OK. here is Mic100 for those that must know.

The primary driving force is governed by the fact that it comes straight off the laser and can be bagged and tagged without further intervention… though many claim it’s harder to get my puzzles out of the baggies than solve them… phooey to them.

My initial design got a pooh-bah from me as two pieces were duplicates, which I discovered after making 20 of the puzzles. They became Puzzle Cube A with their separate set of solutions.
My second “corrective design” earned a double pooh-pooh-bah as I changed two pieces and left the original duplicates in tact… again discovered after making 20 of the puzzles… These became Puzzle Cube B with their unique solution. The third take had me taking a bow, as finally all the pieces were different… I only made 1 of this (Puzzle Cube C) before realising I got it right.
Here are the three versions (A, B andC) roll call,

and assembled,

Then I had to put the bloody things back in their bags… a PITA for someone with a half++ dead left arm.

The final puzzle (this topic) is Puzzle Cube C which will hit any future production line.

Of these puzzles, these three made it to the sander and buffer and their size can be compared with my plane,

Now you can see why DevinT’s plane inspired me and as the Aussies can relate… This (3) Is Going Straight To The Pool Room...
The little black one was stained black on the outside prior to buffing. It was one helluva chore getting my dodgy left hand into some nitrile gloves… raised that particular puzzle’s degree of difficulty by 57.

Now it’s just a case of finding some poor bunnies to give them to…

Incredible how everyone wants cheap-cheap, but seem hesitant in accepting freebies.
Actually it’s quite humorous as I carry the puzzles around in my left pocket and people look at me with dread as I ferret around in my left pocket with my gummy left hand/arm in trying to fish a puzzle out… it is embarrassment for both me and them… at least I finish up with a smile… they run away.

Any documentation is available from my pCloud storage.
And if you prefer to watch rather than read… this’ll make you want to stick to reading.

Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!

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





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crowie

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#1 posted 07-04-2021 09:58 AM

The Puzzle Master surfaces from his health issue with yet another dastardly plan to befuddle, confuse and amuse the worldwide audience of LumberJocks with a cunning clever Duck Cube!
Great to see you back in action Alex with all the dry-wit of the Simpson Desert, thank you.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Ivan

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#2 posted 07-04-2021 10:31 AM

Very inteligent project my friend… good to see kid inside you is still hungry for more fun and toys

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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987Ron

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#3 posted 07-04-2021 10:41 AM

Great as usual, nice puzzle ad a great gift.

-- Ron

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 07-04-2021 11:04 AM



The Puzzle Master surfaces from his health issue with yet another dastardly plan to befuddle, confuse and amuse the worldwide audience of LumberJocks with a cunning clever Duck Cube!
Great to see you back in action Alex with all the dry-wit of the Simpson Desert, thank you.

- crowie


Thanks crowie... after that wrap, can I hire you as my scriptwriter.

My “wit” may be dry, but my gullet is vino soaked.


Very inteligent project my friend… good to see kid inside you is still hungry for more fun and toys

- Ivan


Thank you maj... I may have grown big, but I’ll never grow up.

You and your pardna could whip these out with your contact details by the hundreds and give them away as business freebies. You could get a few hundred out of about $10 worth of MDF… better than business cards.


Great as usual, nice puzzle ad a great gift.
- 987Ron

And I thank you 987... with your laser, the same applies as with maj...

Just trying to get the laser movement in gear here at LJ.
Laser owners seem to be as ashamed of their ownership like many Fe$tool junkies… Bugger (no pun intended) the LGBT and lets get the LFOG (Laser Fe$tool Owners Group) a kick up the rrrs.

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

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pottz

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#5 posted 07-04-2021 04:11 PM

out of respect for your mastery for puzzle making let me say well done my friend,glad your able to flap those wings a little.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Madmark2

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#6 posted 07-04-2021 05:11 PM

Great stuff.

Engrave your business card info on each face. Tel # on top, name on front, etc.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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LeeRoyMan

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#7 posted 07-04-2021 06:19 PM

Nice little puzzle.

No laser,
but I guess one could make blocks about 20” long
then cut the appropriate dado’s and cuts as needed, then slice to thickness….

Thanks

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 07-04-2021 06:56 PM


I may have grown big, but I ll never grow up.

- LittleBlackDuck

Duck, we would never have it any other way. It’s what makes you YOU. And I say that in the kindest way I know how to.

-- Think safe, be safe

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 07-04-2021 09:29 PM

Some grow up, some grow out, I’m seeing more of what goes on in that head, you probably dream Tetris games 8^)

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robscastle

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#10 posted 07-04-2021 10:18 PM

Nice work Bandit.

I always appreciate freebies, even if I take ages to do the impressive reviews.

I also find the little zip lock bags a real challenge to get open.

However even better is my ability to clear the isle at Aldi of annoying shoppers as they scurry away with my attempt to replicate a scene from One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest trying to get the little micro thin fruit bags open!

Mind you I do take time out to reflect n how you would do it at this time.

Little black box puzzles matter. !!

-- Regards Rob

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mtnwild

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#11 posted 07-04-2021 10:25 PM

So cool!!

Those “Freebie” recievers don’t know how lucky they were…

Loving your inspiration…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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robscastle

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#12 posted 07-04-2021 10:36 PM

The word freebie is it yet another subject of a possible conspiracy theory?

Oh welll I guess somebody has got to pay for those expensive watches!

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#13 posted 07-04-2021 11:00 PM

Yes Australia Post know how to charge, look out wounded bull!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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pottz

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#14 posted 07-04-2021 11:05 PM


So cool!! Those “Freebie” recievers don t know how lucky they were… Loving your inspiration…

- mtnwild


duckies too cheap to send me anything,it would cut into his vino allocation.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Eric

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#15 posted 07-04-2021 11:42 PM

Neat little box, I mean puzzle.

He’s back.

-- Eric, building the dream

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