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Here's a simple two piece puzzle that I made this past weekend. Actually, I made 10 of them. A few are spoken for. The rest will be for sale. I've been slowly working on building a stock of stuff to sell and I needed a break from the Baileigh build I'm [still] working on. I needed a break from a creative road block, as well as father's day gifts, so I dipped into my ever-growing pile of things I want to make and got busy.

The puzzles consist of two pieces. Each piece has a pair of captive but loose dowels floating around. Each piece also has a hole drilled below a notch. The pieces interlock at the notches. Once the two halves are assembled and shaken, the dowels fall into the holes drilled through each piece. So there is always at least one of the four dowels inside of one of the holes. This locks the two pieces together.

The trick is to take the puzzle back apart. It is possible to get lucky on occasion and rattle the pieces enough to get them apart. But when unlocked correctly the pieces will lift apart effortlessly.

Here's some pictures of the build process. The four locking dowels are cut from bamboo chopsticks. Watch the short video for the solution.

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This method is used on some Japanese puzzles boxes. But I never knew how they worked until I saw the video by Steve Good of Scrollsaw Workshop on making this puzzle. I forget what Steve calls his. He says he got the idea from elsewhere, but I'd still like to credit him for posting the video of this project. It's easy to make and it seems to amaze people. Thanks Steve Good. :thumbsup:

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Love it so neat to do :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 
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We always have a bunch of kids in and out of the house so I thought I'd give it a try. It turned out ok, I rushed it a little but if I do it again it should be a lot better.
I'm sure you've figured out that the hole wasn't supposed to be there :huh: I built mine by the seat of my pants. I didn't follow any plans to get dimensions from. I just tried to scale it to the size of some square cedar rods I had that were scrap cut off from another project. Luckily, it worked out for me (but I'll tweak a few things if I ever make another batch).

Yours looks cool. The kids are going to love it. :thumbsup:
 

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Neat puzzle, Steve. Great idea. This will make a nice gift, and I need one. Think I'll try to make one in brass. Thanks for sharing. Ralph
 

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Neat puzzle, Steve. Great idea. This will make a nice gift, and I need one. Think I'll try to make one in brass. Thanks for sharing. Ralph
That would be neat. I've like to see it when you're done.
 

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Well, here it is. Wasn't as easy as it seemed. Not sure I'll do another one, but glad to have this one. Neat idea. Now we need to see the lead one. Ralph





 

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That didn't take you very long, Art. I'm surprised you didn't use solid square bar stock. Good job though. And I should have known it would be a miniature, though, somehow I didn't expect it.

Thanks for posting a picture. It's very cool.

Also, I'm glad to see some of you making these. They're very simple. Yet they pack a decent punch for your efforts.
 
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