Rope / Ring Puzzle

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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!

4 People Made This Project!

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17 Discussions

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mtairymdLuizA18

Answer 8 months ago

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

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LuizA18

Question 8 months 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

1 year 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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mtairymdNguyenT295

Reply 1 year 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

1 year ago

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

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Yoruk

1 year ago

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

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AlyssonR2

1 year 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

1 year 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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mtairymdCayotica

Reply 1 year 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

1 year 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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mtairymdMarkI36

Reply 1 year 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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CayoticaMarkI36

Reply 1 year 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.