Rope / Ring Puzzle

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Introduction: Rope / Ring Puzzle

About: I like to design and build random things.

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

Tools:

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

Materials:

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!

6 People Made This Project!

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20 Discussions

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AR canada
AR canada

Question 1 year ago on Step 6

What is the required diameter/thickness of the paracord for these measurements. Thanks!

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Answer 1 year ago

I don’t recall...standard size you would see in a big box store will work. It doesn’t have to be paracord either. You just need to fit the cord through the holes as shown in the video.

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AR canada
AR canada

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks for your response. Paracord is more durable. I bought some at wal-mart. Thanks.

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LuizA18
LuizA18

Question 2 years ago on Step 8

are two pieces of string or is a whole piece only

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Answer 2 years ago

One piece of string. It crosses horizontally on the side opposite of the beads

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LuizA18
LuizA18

Question 2 years ago on Step 4

Hello, how are you.

I liked this your project more I would like to see underneath you only showed above, as it is under thank you (luizrossa3@hotmail.com)

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NguyenT295
NguyenT295

3 years ago

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!

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 3 years ago

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.

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Kris82
Kris82

3 years ago

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

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks!

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Yoruk
Yoruk

3 years ago

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

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 3 years ago

Thank you!

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AlyssonR2
AlyssonR2

3 years ago

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!

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Cayotica
Cayotica

3 years ago

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

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 3 years ago

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.

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MarkI36
MarkI36

3 years ago

Great project. I've learned to mark out and drill the holes and such before cutting the smaller piece from the larger board. I can use the additional board for clamping or holding against drill torsion. I've had too many small pieces get grabbed and spun out of my hands.

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks. Very good point. BTW, notice the marks on the beads. I used vice grips to hold them while drilling the counterbore :).

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BrigittM
BrigittM

Reply 3 years ago

you are so right!

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Cayotica
Cayotica

Reply 3 years ago

I have hold downs on my drill press for that very reason but oddly enough it never occurred to me to drill the holes before cutting the wood. If using a hand drill I always, well at least since I almost tore my index finger off, clamp down small pieces.