How to confuzzle your friends with the Puzzle Stick.

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A simple little game from years ago - just catch the rubber band with the hook and give it a pull.

Simple? No...

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Step 1: Tools and Materials:

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  • You will need a stick, wide enough to drill conveniently. I used an actual stick, but you could use a short length of thick dowel or broom handle.
  • You will also need a length of dowelling that is conveniently narrower than the stick. I used 3mm bamboo.
  • A vital part of this puzzle is a narrow rubber band. The length isn't important.


  • Saw
  • Drill (I got a new stand, which makes things a lot easier!), and a drill-bit slightly larger than the dowel. With the 3mm dowel I used a 5mm twist-bit.
  • Glue - I used PVA, but you could use hot-glue if you're the impatient type.
  • Sharp knife (ah, good old multi-tool).
  • Wood-shaping stuff - rasp, file, sandpaper.
  • A vice is useful, but not vital.

Step 2: The Stick.

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The stick I used is one that has been sitting drying for some time.

It is about 2cm thick (nearly an inch), and about 8cm long (about 31/2 inches).

The ends are cut off square and sanded lightly.

Drill a hole through the centre of the stick, all the way through.

You may need to turn your stick around to get all the way through - be careful to line up the holes at each end.

Step 3: The top of the stick.

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With the saw or knife, mark a line around the stick, about 1.5cm from the end.

Then, with the wood-shaping tools, cut, rasp, file and sand the end of the stick into a nice smooth dome-shape. You will find it a lot easier to brace the stick in a vice to file and sand it.

Do not go past the line you just marked.

When you have a nice smooth dome, decapitate the stick - cut the domed end off at the line.
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pakito151912 years ago
I was just here, at my room, laughing as hard as I could when you confessed the trick! This is great!
Kiteman (author)  pakito151912 years ago
Thank you.
dvnfntn6 years ago
looks oddly like a penis
You should probably go see a doctor, something might be wrong with your tally-whacker if it resembles this stick in any way.
I don't think you need to go see the doctor for that.
I am sorry, but people with dirty minds (myself included) see a penis first. Its nothing personal, just our issue. :P
triumphman3 years ago
Hey, I made one of these from my birch tree branches! Fun, and fools many people! I finally show them the secret though! Thats just me!
Kiteman (author)  triumphman3 years ago
Cool - could you post a picture?
tech dawg3 years ago
this is very nice...........and mean:D
splazem4 years ago
Great job! Confuzzle?!?
Kiteman (author)  splazem3 years ago
OK, so I needed a name that would stick, and not sound phallic.
splazem Kiteman3 years ago
Verttech44 years ago
Nicely done and said sir lol :D
The Jamalam6 years ago
that stick just looks wrong. pretty cool though
way to go. someone just had to take something inoccent and make a perve joke.
how is it a perve joke? half of the population have them
i think what he is trying to say is that it takes a very imature person to, as nijasloth said, "...take somthing inocent and make it a perve joke."
Mattrox Crakur5 years ago
It would actually be 51% according to latest statistics. ZZZZ
yes. This was november lol
...that wasn't the point
TheGeek19844 years ago

I like it!
xinistrom4 years ago
it looks dodgy :D
tictaclad4 years ago
hahahahaha i just pulled this up and my friend saw the picture and was like WTF WAS THAT????
Kiteman (author)  tictaclad4 years ago
Sir, you have a mucky mind!

Cooldeal4 years ago
Had to read through this one a few times before I could understand it. Clever.
robokid964 years ago
that drill press looks awesome!
do an instructi' on it, if you can!
Kiteman (author)  robokid964 years ago
Sorry, no point - it was a bought tool, designed to hold a hand-held drill into a drill-press for those who don't need one every day.

it was bought?
from where?
Kiteman (author)  robokid964 years ago
I can't remember exactly, but it was a cheap supermarket, probably either a Lidl or Aldi.

so you modded it?
Kiteman (author)  robokid964 years ago
then why are there zip ties everywhere?
Kiteman (author)  robokid964 years ago
Check the image notes - they're rubber bands, because the drill wouldn't keep running without the trigger pulled.

I've fixed that now.

ah, missed that, thanks
Kiteman (author)  bashprompt5 years ago
I'm guessing you can't figure out the trick. then?
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