Instructables: exploring - puzzles - featured Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:59:43 PDT BLOX v1.01 Rubik's Lego cube
Rubik's Lego cube - More DIY How To Projects]]> dieter demeyere How to turn an old (original) Rubik's into a Lego cube Getting started / find a patient aka cube. And Lego pieces Flea markets, second hand stores, friends who gave up... there is allways someone, somewhere having an old cube.I found 2 on a flea market for only about 1,5 €. Make sure they still t...
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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:47:50 PST
Magnetic, wooden, puzzle photo block.
Magnetic, wooden, puzzle photo block. - More DIY How To Projects]]> Bilegt Hello all instruction readers. First of all I am sorry for my bad english as it is not my first language. This is my first instructable. Original idea is credit to His photo block gave me an idea to make my own MAGNETIC puzzle. This was meant to ...
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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:07:51 PST
Segmented Wooden Cryptex
Segmented Wooden Cryptex - More DIY How To Projects]]> MissionSRX Since the release of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, the Cryptex has become an iconic puzzle. While this one won’t destroy itself, it will certainly keep its share of secrets. This project is mainly designed to be an exercise in segmented woodturning.Upon initially finding the design for a wooden Cryp...
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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:43:16 PST
Sugru and Straws Marble Maze
Sugru and Straws Marble Maze - More DIY How To Projects]]> mkchronos Sugru and Straws? Yes indeed, just what the doctor ordered to add a little fun to your weekend. We decided to take some of our Sugru at the Tampa Hackerspace and combine it with straws to create an old school marble maze. Twists, turns, ramps, speed bumps? You bet. Here's how you can have fun ma...
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Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:15:36 PST
How to complete a jigsaw puzzle
How to complete a jigsaw puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> JM1999 Jigsaw puzzles are fun, they can also be not fun, if you are building a hard jigsaw puzzle (or an easy one) these few tips should help.I have compiled a full step-by-step how to complete a jigsaw puzzle.I am using a 100 (108, the box was wrong!) piece jigsaw puzzle, I used a smaller puzzle to work o...
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Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:29:03 PDT
Dremel Maze
Dremel Maze - More DIY How To Projects]]> kevin7314 materials and tools used:dremel etching bit6"x9"X1/2" wood220 sand paper The Gang step 1 get a group of, non institutionalized, creative thinkers Tiffany and Walter step 1.5 ask tiffany(or any local positive, insightful person) for advice Failed Attempts step 2Ignore everyone's advice and t...
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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:12:52 PDT
How to Make a Wooden Sliding Puzzle
How to Make a Wooden Sliding Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> irisgottlieb Remember those puzzles that you got in the early 90s - the grid with a tiger's face that you had to finagle around, tile by tile, until you managed to unscramble the tiger?  Here's how to make a more sophisticated one that robots will remember fondly in 2050.  Ingredients Here's what you need. Y...
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:39:38 PDT
Hurt Your Brain Puzzle
Hurt Your Brain Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> mouse333 I was at someone's house and tried to solve this type of puzzle, but I couldn't. So, I decided to make one at Techshop so I could solve it later. This puzzle is addicting! How to play There are 6 puzzle pieces to put in the base. Arrange the puzzle pieces so that 2 layers o...
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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:17:48 PDT
Fibonacci Spiral Jigsaw puzzle
Fibonacci Spiral Jigsaw puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> edmark Like standard jigsaw puzzles, this puzzle has only one solution, but instead of every piece being a different shape and approximately the same size, every piece is the same shape and a different size. The placement of the pieces is based on the the Golden Angle (~137.5º), and is the same pattern f...
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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:10:26 PDT
Brass Bolt Puzzle
Brass Bolt Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> pitty This puzzle you can either 3D print or make using some M16 & M8 Brass nuts and bolts. The origional idea for this puzzle is based on a puzzle from "homemade puzzles"   3D files are available at Thingiverse or GrabCad How it works The ...
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Thu, 6 Mar 2014 17:49:59 PST
Popsicle stick puzzle
Popsicle stick puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> lime3D I made it at TechShop Detroit Here's an easy to make project, that will give your little ones a nice, quiet activity. Materials: Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors Equipment: Laser etcher (available at TechShop) graphics program (CorelDRAW available at TechShop) Preparing the graphic D...
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Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:23:09 PST
Origami picture puzzle cube
Origami picture puzzle cube - More DIY How To Projects]]> emilyvanleemput A few months ago, I started experimenting with origami puzzles. To be a bit more precise, I started puzzling on the stellated octahedron. It was taking a lot of time, so I put it away, still to be continued. A few days ago, I realized I could start with the same principe, but with a cube. This i...
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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:11:00 PST
Fish Puzzle
Fish Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> brandon1022bb I created a puzzle that fits inside an altoid container. The puzzle contains 63 pieces and has the design of a fish drawn in autocad on its face. Materials What you will need: - laser cutter - 3mm Baltic Birch Plywood - Altoids Container Files and Laser Printing The Drawing files are attache...
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Tue, 4 Feb 2014 07:03:35 PST
Wooden Puzzle: Six Blocks in a Box
Wooden Puzzle: Six Blocks in a Box - More DIY How To Projects]]> seamster This is an incredibly easy-to-make wooden puzzle that can be completed with minimal woodworking tools. No 3D printer, laser cutter, or CNC machine needed! The puzzle consists of six equally-sized half-cube blocks that fit into a box in only one way. It's simple, but deceptive enough to entertain pe...
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Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:38:40 PST
Nut And Bolt Puzzle
Nut And Bolt Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> Mr_o_uk A workmate brought in a puzzle nut and bolt and asked me to undo it. A challenge to see how manly I was!?! I could do the nut up, but not undo it! It took me a few minutes to work it out, but I thought it was clever, and wanted one to take to the pub to confound my mates. So I set about making one...
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Sun, 8 Dec 2013 14:33:12 PST
Cardboard Dinosaur Puzzle
Cardboard Dinosaur Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> DIY Hacks and How Tos   I was recently act my local hobby shop and I picked up a bunch of 3D wood puzzles for my son to put together. They are really cool, but they are a little small.So I decided to take the design, blow them up 500% and make them out of cardboard. Now instead of just being a simple decoration on th...
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Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:05:10 PDT
Color-Based Wooden Sudoku Board
Color-Based Wooden Sudoku Board - More DIY How To Projects]]> thegnome54 This was a gift for my dad's birthday, and probably my most intricate woodworking creation to date. I wanted to make some kind of sudoku-related object for him, and became inspired by pictures I saw of color-based sudoku boards online such as this one. I figured creating my own version would be a fu...
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Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:24:16 PDT
Make a geocache log
Make a geocache log - More DIY How To Projects]]> MatB A friend introduced me to geocaching yesterday. Without much success in finding any caches on my own, I thought I'd hide some instead. Where better to hide your geocache log, but in a log! What you need You'll need some basic tools and consumables: Small log/large branch - look for somethin...
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Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:37:19 PDT
Bottle 1900 puzzle
Bottle 1900 puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> puzzlerhan I made some puzzle as a display stand for my collectible coke bottles. This is my weekend project for my third bottle. This is a simple puzzle. But I have a four bottle set and I make that puzzles as a decorative display stand for them. There are a base and a cap piece. The cap piece is fixed to th...
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Tue, 28 May 2013 08:12:04 PDT
3EP - Whale Puzzle Project
3EP - Whale Puzzle Project - More DIY How To Projects]]> m2grzegorczyk I figured something like 3EP which means 3 EVENINGS PROJECTS. What is that? Work and home responsibilities takes most of my day - there weren't to much time left for other activities. I had to come up with something that will give me time for crafting all sorts off stuff :). That's why 3EP came into...
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Wed, 3 Apr 2013 00:21:52 PDT
Tetris Puzzle
Tetris Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> MidnightMaker A family member threw out a challenge for an education project she needed to deliver. Her idea was to create a puzzle using wooden Tetris blocks. Needing an excuse to spend more time in the garage, I set about figuring if it was possible to arrange Tetris blocks to create a completely filled rectang...
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Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:15:41 PDT
Solving a 2x2 Rubik's Cube Blindfolded
Solving a 2x2 Rubik's Cube Blindfolded - More DIY How To Projects]]> rubiksnerd Blindfold solving is an art form consisting of memory and finger dexterity.  This tutorial will server as an introduction into the realm of blindfold solving by starting with the 2x2x2 cube.  The ability to solve a 2x2 blindfolded is important if you want to learn larger layered cubes such as the 3x...
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Sun, 10 Mar 2013 15:22:45 PDT
Dovetail Puzzle
Dovetail Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> EricOrient Tools and supplies I used: Bandsaw (only attempt this project if you’ve been trained on this) Router table with ½ inch dovetail router bit (only attempt this project if you’ve been trained on this) Sander 1 2x6 board douglas fir, at least 4” long 1 2x6 board redwood, at least 4” long I made it at ...
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Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:32:02 PST
Featured Author: BrittLiv jessyratfink Britt Liv Ulrike Michelsen (known as BrittLiv on Instructables) is the author of some the most original and fun projects on the site. I started following her when I realized she was cranking out amazing projects with regularity and winning contests left and right. :D She's always got a new and f...
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Tue, 5 Mar 2013 18:37:59 PST
How to Make a Gravity Puzzle (Brain Game)
How to Make a Gravity Puzzle (Brain Game) - More DIY How To Projects]]> The King of Random Watch the Video! This little brain game is all about engineering a lower center of gravity. The idea has been around forever, but most people still can't do it. The challenge is simple .. just balance these 14 nails on one nail head.  The nails can't touch anything except each other, and they al...
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Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:36:38 PST
From Cheesy to a-MAZE-ing
From Cheesy to a-MAZE-ing - More DIY How To Projects]]> dismissie I was thinking about making some sort of ornament, but then this maze idea came to me.  If you already have some paint, glue, and tape (ribbon would work too), then this instructable won't cost anything!  This might make a good stocking stuffer for little kids- or you really could hang it from a tre...
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Sat, 8 Dec 2012 13:25:49 PST
Spider web puzzle puzzlerhan This is a well known classical disentanglement puzzle. The aim of this puzzle is to free the ring. I made only a graphical arrangement for this puzzle. This is a simple puzzle and very easy to make. With a good workshop possibilities you can make more than 50 puzzle in one day and may be a good gift...
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Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:38:48 PDT
T-Rex Dinosaur Puzzle with different sizes and positions
T-Rex Dinosaur Puzzle with different sizes and positions - More DIY How To Projects]]> stevemoseley This Instructable is to show you how I designed and built my own 3-D T-Rex dinosaur puzzle. There are a lot of different dinosaur patterns that you can find to cut out with a scroll saw.  I wanted to make one of these for my son, but couldn't find a pattern that I liked.  I also wanted to be able t...
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Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:02:27 PDT
Coffee Love Puzzle
Coffee Love Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> puzzlerhan I love puzzles, games, woodwork, books,cooking etc. I love also coffee. Coffee is a good companion for your other loves. You can drink a coffee when you solve a puzzle or when you read a book. This puzzle is a tricky take apart puzzle  and has some similarities with blind mazes. But blind mazes con...
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Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:55:03 PDT
2D and 3D Tangram Puzzle
2D and 3D Tangram Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> CuanStafford This is how to create your own tangram puzzle which can be used to create both 2D and 3D objects. What you need to get started Materials needed: 1 x A3 Masonite Board 3.2 mm thickness. Tools needed: 1 x Laser Cutter on 80% power. Image of Laser Cutter: Acce...
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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 03:19:06 PDT
Acrylic Penny Maze
Acrylic Penny Maze - More DIY How To Projects]]> Kiteman So,  I made the simple Cardboard Penny Maze. But, it wasn't quite enough. Enter the laser cutter... Planning Planning started the old-fashioned way, with pencil and paper. I worked on squared paper, planning routes up and down through five layers.  I exploited the squares' size to plan 20mm ch...
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Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:48:28 PDT
Wooden Bandaged Rubik Cube
Wooden Bandaged Rubik Cube - More DIY How To Projects]]> puzzlerhan This is my Rubik cube modification.  According the information from Twisty Puzzles Museum this puzzle design is from Hidetoshi Takeji. You can read more about this puzzle from here. But I will describe here basic method for making a bandaged wooden Rubik cube from a standard Rubik cube. You can mak...
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Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:45:06 PDT
3D Printed Tetris Cube SHIFT! Hi Instructabrarians, This is a pretty fun project I made last week Friday afternoon: a 3D Tetris Cube! Using  our company's 3D UP printer, I got this file from (All credit for the file goes to PP3D) rescaled it to a pocket sized version and then scaled it to Pocket Sized. Afterward...

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Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:49:03 PDT
Penny Maze
Penny Maze - More DIY How To Projects]]> Kiteman I'm presenting here a pocket-sized puzzle in the first of several versions, depending on your skills, materials, tools and target audience. In every version, though, you drop a small coin in one slot, and need to get it out of the other slot. This first version is quick and easy to make (it took m...
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Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:24:33 PDT
Da Vinci Code Cryptex MK I Marcus Worsley I have made a A Da Vinci Code style cryptex, it is made out of 4 pipes, two metal and two plastic, the caps are made out of wood. in total this took about 6 hours to make Thanks to merijnvw for giving me basic instructions on how to make it P.S. i am currently working on a second cryptex which wil...
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Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:23:43 PDT
2D and 3D puzzle sets CindyLele The 3D wood puzzle sets are designed from a simple 2D pattern. First, I draw the template with illustrator and then I make the template by laser cut. Second, I make each part of the puzzle using band saw. Then, with the template, I sand it with belt sander. After finishing each part of the 3D puzzle...
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Mon, 4 Jun 2012 19:06:32 PDT
minitile khuang3 What is a fun game? What are the differences between a game and a toy? Everyone might have a different explanation of what a fun game is, so it is hard to create a game for everyone. Yet, a toy is something that people play with and without limitations of how to play it. People love to create, and...
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Mon, 14 May 2012 22:59:29 PDT
Scrabble for blind people
Scrabble for blind people - More DIY How To Projects]]> scrabble! We have created a scrabble Board for blind people. We got this idea by the mobile phone game Wordfeud. One of us has a friend who is blind, who couldn't play that game but though he was curious about how it is played. That's why we have created a game for blind people. Materials To make this scra...
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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 07:04:53 PDT
The World Puzzle - How to learn your countries the fun way. (laser cut) by Samuel Bernier
The World Puzzle - How to learn your countries the fun way. (laser cut) by Samuel Bernier - More DIY How To Projects]]> Samuel Bernier Have you ever seen one of these videos where a journalist interviews students and adults, asking them to point Iran out on a map? The result is often funny, and so is this game. Over a hundred countries, some of them you never heard about, in a puzzle race. Here is how to make one of the best geogra...
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Mon, 20 Feb 2012 19:07:27 PST
Pocket Mikado
Pocket Mikado - More DIY How To Projects]]> ansanma Play Mikado game everywhere with this easy and inexpensive version. In this game, you need to demonstrate your skills by removing one stick without touching or moving the others. One stick represents the mikado —the ancient name for the Emperor of Japan—, and the society hierarchy: mandarins, bonze...
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Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:38:51 PST
Rubyrint - rubik cube labyrinth
Rubyrint - rubik cube labyrinth - More DIY How To Projects]]> derte84 The purpose of this instructable is to build a fun game with and old rubik cube laying around.Rubyrinth is a Rubik cube that has paths, forks and 2 gates on its faces instead of colors. The goal of the game is to connect the 2 gates with the longest pathYou can find more projects on my blog Draw t...
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Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:00:43 PST
Bouncy Rubik's Cube
Bouncy Rubik's Cube - More DIY How To Projects]]> BrittLiv In this tutorial I'm going to show you two different ways, to make a bouncy Rubik's Cube. I love to modify Rubik Cubes, but was lacking the time lately, that's why I wanted to make something special as soon, as I had a bit of spare time. Do you know somebody, who gets frustrated easily? Who has may...
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Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:01:35 PDT
Stacking blocks Maximum (name changed)
Stacking blocks Maximum (name changed) - More DIY How To Projects]]> Random_Canadian The oversize Stacking blocks based on the popular game (I cannot say the name due to copyright reasons) game is almost essential for outdoor fun. Why huddle around a short stack when you can have 27 inches of play-room. Once again I did this then found that there are others who have already done ...
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Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:14:26 PDT
Name Puzzle - Laser Cut
Name Puzzle - Laser Cut - More DIY How To Projects]]> hitechantics This is a great personalized present for a little one in your life. It is colorful, educational and very personal. Easy to layout, construct and paint. Laser cutting ensures a perfect fit every time. Inspiration My friend's daughter is coming up to her first birthday, so what to get for a one yea...
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Sun, 1 Nov 2009 17:49:47 PST
Sudoku:solving it for beginners and the expirienced
Sudoku:solving it for beginners and the expirienced - More DIY How To Projects]]> Oorspronklikheid I will be showing the most basic to not so basic methods,trick and tips to finish a sudoku.this instructable is for anyone who plays or wants to play sudoku even if you don't know how to play. I'll start with the basic thing and progress to the less basic things. How to play sudoku The objective...
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Sun, 23 Sep 2007 11:40:37 PDT
Tessellating Cats Decoration or Puzzle
Tessellating Cats Decoration or Puzzle - More DIY How To Projects]]> wombatmorrison I like cats, I like group projects and I like puzzles (as a social activity). I also like to cut stuff out using my scroll saw - though cutting lots of the same item sucks and would be MUCH easier with a laser cutter (pardon me while I wipe the drool off my chin thinking about an Epilog laser cutter...
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Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:13:29 PDT
BUTTONHOLE PUZZLE (POCKET SIZED) - More DIY How To Projects]]> CHARLESCRANFORD This is a new version on an old puzzle.  Invented by Sam Loyd 1841-1911.  The puzzle is placed on a buttonhole and seems impossible to remove.  This is where the term buttonholed (to get someone's attention) came from. Materials and Tools You will need strong string and a piece of pipe. I used ...

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Thu, 29 Sep 2011 06:52:13 PDT
rusty wrenches + ping pong balls = centrifugal toy duboisvb I have an old toy which is just a small box and it has 2 small ball bearings inside. The idea was to get one ball bearing in the hole on the right and the other into the hole on the left.  I remember  spending a lot of time failing to do this until I was shown the trick: spin the box and the ball b...
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Mon, 4 Jul 2011 12:19:57 PDT
Pimp my Rubik's Cube
Pimp my Rubik's Cube - More DIY How To Projects]]> Robotrix Tired of the same ol' cube? Looking for a slightly more challenging option? Looking for a slightly more street-cred-enhancing option? Look no further. Peel those old stickers. If you've been using your cube as much as you should be, the stickers are peeling. If not, your cube is probably signific...
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Fri, 16 Jun 2006 11:07:06 PDT
Simple Tensegrity Set
Simple Tensegrity Set - More DIY How To Projects]]> dimtick This is my entry into the Chopstick Challenge. Give credit where credit is due: When I first started thinking about this challenge my first idea was to construct a tensegrity tower using chopsticks.   I did a quick google search and wouldn't you know....there was a instructable which did it better ...
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Thu, 4 Aug 2011 08:35:02 PDT