Very recently I published an Instructable on solving the Horseshoe and Ring Puzzle. I made my own puzzle and it involved welding. Here is a way to make a horseshoe puzzle without any welding.

I used some 1 x 2 firing strip and 1/2 inch dowel rod to make the horseshoes. This works, but the puzzle would be a little easier to use if horseshoe shapes were cut from 1 x 6 wood or from plywood.

  • 1 x 2 firing strips
  • 1/2 inch dowel rod
  • Six links of chain
  • Steel wire
  • Electrical tape
  • Glue
  • Side cutter pliers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Saw
  • Drill and bit

Step 1: Cut 1 x 2 wood

I sawed 1 x 2 to make two pieces 4 1/2 inches long.
<p>No fun! </p>
Excellent Job Phil
I think i have seen one before but im not sure ...
Thanks, Jim. Do you have one of these puzzles, or have you used one?
I see you have wrapped your mind around that puzzle :) <br> <br>A 3D printed one could be the next material. <br> <br>A
The husband of one of my wife's cousin said he has had a horseshoe puzzle for 20 years and still enjoys it. I have not gotten involved with 3D printing technology. There are too many simpler things to explore, yet. It is a strange phenomenon that a metal ring is held securely by chain, but very quickly and simply is free with only a couple of movements. I would like to talk to the guy who made this puzzle first. Anyway, it seemed good to present a version for those who do not have access to a welder.

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