# Rope / Ring Puzzle

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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.

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## 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.

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.

Watch the second half of the video for installation.

## Step 8: More Pictures

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## 20 Discussions

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

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.

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

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

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)

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.