Rope / Ring Puzzle





Introduction: Rope / Ring Puzzle

This is a really easy project to make. The goal is to separate the ring from the puzzle. Refer to the solution video if you can't figure it out.

Step 1: Tools/Materials


  • Table or Miter Saw
  • Drill or Drill Press
  • Drill Bits (1/8" & 3/8")
  • Sander
  • Scissors
  • Lighter


Step 2: Base Build

You will build to this drawing.

Step 3: Cut Wood

Cut wood to a 3" square.

Step 4: Holes

Mark the hole locations per the drawing. Drill 3/8" diameter holes. Round the edges with sandpaper.

Step 5: Beads

These 1" diameter beads were purchased from a craft store. Drill 1/8" diameter hole through each bead. Counterbore a 3/8" diameter hole about 3/4 of the way through each bead. This counterbore will capture the knot in the string.

Step 6: Run Paracord

Route the paracord as shown. Place the wood beads at the ends of the paracord and tie knots to capture the end of the paracord. Trim the ends of the paracord and use a lighter to sear the ends. For each end, pull the paracord knot into the wooden bead. Cover the wood bead ends with glue to clean it up.

Step 7: Add Ring

Watch the second half of the video for installation.

Step 8: More Pictures

Thanks for viewing!

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I was wondering if you have any ideas for substitutes to the wooden base, since I don't have the tools for that at the moment. thanks!

You can use almost anything. A piece of cardboard will work but it won't be very durable. A would try to find a scrap piece of wood or plastic and ask someone to drill the 4 holes.

Simple and easy to make. Great job. I always love puzzles.

I love this mix of woods, rope and metal. Thanks for sharing !

A ridiculously simple puzzle that has had me mystified for years.

I may go and make one, now - but in any case, thankyou for the solution!

nice brain teaser. But it took me a few minutes to understand what the back is supposed to look like after running the cord.

Yeah, sorry about that. Step 6 is probably your best view. BTW, there is nothing tricky going on - string crosses between the back 2 holes.