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post #1 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Wood Pin Puzzle

This is a fun puzzle that is pretty easy to build. The goal is to have all the pins line up in a horizontal manner. The pins are different lengths and the holes in the base are of varying depths. In addition, there is a slant to the base which adds another level of deception.

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 11:54 AM
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I like it. I may have to borrow the design. I've got some nephews who would enjoy that game.
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Thanks. It's very doable for kids. My son figured it out in about 2 minutes. It took my daughter about 10 minutes.

My other dowel project was much harder.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Wood-Dowel-Puzzle/


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Great idea that (may) get some, both old & young, to think beyond using only their thumbs on an I-device! Thanks for sharing, and be safe.
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Thanks. I've thought of a few variations I would like to build. Maybe a 4x4 grid array with 16 pins. I think it would also be nicer with a smaller increment (say 1/8" vs. 1/4"). I didn't have the skill/patience to do refine it.


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Thanks.

Funny, I had to pull my kids away from their phones to try it :(

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Update - I took the puzzle to work and had about 10 people try it. The solution times ranged from 1 minute to about 10 minutes. Seeing how people approached solving it was interesting. If you make your own, you might want to use smaller diameter dowels and tighter increments (say 1/8" vs. 1/4"). This will make it harder for someone to look into the base holes and judge the depth. You could also add more pins in-line or make a grid of pins.
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