Diabolical Dice Puzzle

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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-24-2012 10:46 PM 11419 views 87 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a puzzle that appeared really simple to solve, but most certainly isn’t – this is most certainly that puzzle!

When you look at it completed it looks really easy to assemble – just nine pieces, all the same size – and they all get stacked in a neat pattern. To make it even more easy, the numbers reflect a normal die in that all opposing numbers add up to seven! What could more simple! ;-)

I have tried to put this puzzle together a BUNCH of times without the “cheat sheet” and still can’t get it – it just has too many possibilities. I WILL solve this thing before I give it away or sell it!

The puzzle is made of solid cherry with walnut inlays for the dice pips.

I also made a tray from cedar and walnut to hold it while being moved or stored.

The puzzle measures just around 3×3 x 3 inches.

Finish is a nice long soak in lemon oil.

What I should do is to sell the puzzle to someone relatively cheap and then offer to sell the solution to them for double! ;-)

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that there are no “extra” pips added to make things harder – only the ones that make the face of the die.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 06-24-2012 11:00 PM

Very cool! I may have to make one of these for my desk at work and drive sales reps crazy when they can’t solve it, as long as I remember to make a solution cheat sheet before setting it out.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#2 posted 06-24-2012 11:44 PM

Huh, seems like it would not be that difficult. But I will take you word on it.

I like the marketing attack.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 01:04 AM


I’ll be happy to mail you the pattern if you wish – just LMK. Now, if you want the solution….... ;-)

Steve, It does look simple, doesn’t it – I think if you knew at least one side it probably would be but you don’t know which side you are building at any given time – it’s strange to describe it.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 01:11 AM

Awesome project!! I can believe it is a good challenge.

Looks like it would be easier to build than solve!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 01:16 AM

OK, OK….looks/sounds easy, but I think I might wait until you give us the cheat sheet before I try to make one! Be embarrassing to show people a puzzle you made but don’t know how to solve!!

-- yesterday today was tomorrow

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 01:36 AM

Great puzzle. This is a level of puzzle that even I could build. Thanks for posting this. From my SketchUp calculations, it looks like there are only two sticks with the same dot patterns.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 01:39 AM

That is awesome! I love trying to solve physical puzzles. I also enjoy watching other people scratch their heads trying to figure out the solution to a puzzle I made. I think I’ll try making this on my own!

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 01:44 AM

Is this your creation? I love it. Like to make one. Can you use a regular die for the pattern?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 02:18 AM

Instead of Rubik, we have Bob’s cube now.. Let us know the secret. Please don’t burn em if you can’t figure it out… lol

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

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#10 posted 06-25-2012 02:23 AM

Looks like a fun puzzle and should be easy to make. Thanks for posting.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#11 posted 06-25-2012 03:29 AM

yeah, that does look deceptively easy. I’d probably have been mean and put on a couple extra pips. might have to make one to keep idle hands busy.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 06-25-2012 03:49 AM

I would like to make a set of this insanely simple puzzle and drive me crazy! LOL So, please post each of the nine pieces’ six sides for placement of the dots. I can’ wait to do this! Oh, wait!!
What I think I’d do is to make the nine pcs and assemble them as pictured. draw the dots as shown in your pix and then turn to other sides and draw those dots according to an actual die. My cheat sheet: don’t take them apart! LOL

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#13 posted 06-25-2012 04:40 AM

Love it! The difficulty is not obvious.

It looks simple to make and I will make that my next wood puzzle project.

I have a SOMA cube made with 27 individual 1/2” die glued to make the seven SOMA shapes. It can be solved without making one large die but the real/final solution is to end up with one large die. When I find this in my puzzle drawer I will post it.

This Diabolical Dice will fit into my genre of dice puzzles!

Thanks for posting this!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 06-25-2012 05:17 AM

It doesn’t look that hard, but I’ll take your word for it too ;-)) Guess I’d better make one. Nice job on it.

-- 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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#15 posted 06-25-2012 06:43 AM

My guess is that you take a regular die and look at it while looking at the photos. The plan should fall neatly into place ( I think ) though I could be wrong. Anyways thanks KnotCurser!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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