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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 11-01-2011 12:48 AM 7997 views 39 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A carpenter friend of mine showed me this puzzle quite a few years ago.

The object of it is to balance 10 nails onto the head of one nail.

Most of the time you just pound one nail into a board, & try to solve it.

But I thought this could be a nice item for the coffee table.

So I dug in my scrap wood pile, & found a nice chunk of Birch.

I spent about 4, or 5 hours total work on this, including getting myself organized.

I also had to clear off my lathe which hasn’t been used for awhile. <(:O}$

Materials for this project isn’t much. A chunk of wood, & eleven 16d Nails.

I gave it a beeswax finish.

Get some nails, & try solve it yourself.

There are no gimmicks, just think outside the box.
If you get stumped, check out the solution > On Youtube

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 11-01-2011 12:54 AM

I cheated and looked at the video. Nice trick, and nice display for it.

-- Mel,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 11-01-2011 01:02 AM

Thanks jeepturner!

I couldn’t solve it when I tried.

I never even heard of a PC them days

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 11-01-2011 01:03 AM

without looking, I think another Steve did this in one of his videos…
nice trick though

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#4 posted 11-01-2011 01:20 AM

Nice work Dick. I have seen that before, but how quickly we forget. Thanks for the reminder.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 01:24 AM

I never seen that one before, I did not guess, went directly for youtube since I hate to solve these (lazy), but I will love to make others try this and then laugh so I will find some nails for this.
Really a nice one for the Scrappy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 11-01-2011 01:33 AM

that is an awesome puzzle….... oh, yea, I gotta make a couple o these, well, I mean Santa has to. LOL
trick-or-treat now, Merry Christmas later

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 11-01-2011 01:41 AM

Hi Dick;

Nice job on the turning.

I would not have gotten that in a hundred years!

Maybe in the 101st year.

I hope all is well with you and Barb.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 11-01-2011 02:44 AM

I love this puzzle thanks for the great idea of making a caring case for it it looks great

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#9 posted 11-01-2011 02:45 AM

Very cool… I’ve never seen this trick… gonna have to make me one.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 11-01-2011 03:03 AM

thank´s for tip about bringing it to the coffeetable :-)

Take care

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#11 posted 11-01-2011 04:49 AM

Dick, This is a very nice looking set. I have made a few of these recently but nothing as nice as this one. Always fun to watch you friends and family work on figuring it out.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 11-01-2011 07:43 AM

That’s great I’ll try it

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#13 posted 11-01-2011 09:31 AM

Hi Dick and Barb, I would have stacked them differently but after watching the video, my solution would have failed.

Thanks for sharing a conversational piece at the dinning table.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#14 posted 11-01-2011 04:01 PM

Thanks Dick, may have to make that one sometime.

24 deg this morning, a little bit of snow on the ground.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 11-01-2011 05:47 PM

Nice turn project Miter!!!! Good trick to!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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