Introduction: Wooden Cube and String Puzzle
Simple to make - challenging to solve
The challenge with this puzzle is to get the two cubes onto one string.
Once you have solved it the first time you"ll be able to complete it in a flash.
Step 1: Mark Out Your Material
Making this toy requires basic woodworking equipment.
- hand saw
- 8mm drill bit
- 1m nylon string
Follow the plan and mark out your material
Note: One set of holes is drilled from the other side
Step 2: Drill the Four Holes
Centre punch the holes.
Clamp your work down with a scrap of wood underneath, this will stop tear out where the drill bit comes through the other side
Hold the drill straight and drill all your holes.
I used a counter sink bit to clean up the edges of the holes.
Step 3: Sawing Into Parts
Clamp your work to the bench hook.
Start by pulling the saw back towards you until you get a good start, then slowly and carefully saw the part off.
Step 4: Sanding Parts
Use course sandpaper to round the edges of the blocks.
Then medium and fine paper to smooth them
Apply a finish, I have used beeswax and oil
Step 5: Assembly
Lay the parts out as in the photo.
Thread the string through as shown.
Melt the ends of the string together.
Step 7: The Solution