Torii gate puzzles

Torii gate Osaka

Tori osaka low

Tori gates are Japanese gates. Tori gate puzzles are my home made three puzzle set. This puzzles are well known public domain puzzles. I made them as a coffee table puzzle with a different look. The wooden base for all this puzzles is same.

Part list
For top piece:              20 x 20 x 130 mm                     1 pcs
Top ornaments           20 x 20 x 10 mm                       2 pcs
For base                       20 x 20 x 125 mm                     1 pcs
Pillars                           10 mm diameter x 120 mm     2 pcs

You can take all dimensions from scaled drawing. None of the dimensions is critical. I made all ornaments with my miter saw and with a small hand saw.

This puzzle is well known “African Ball puzzle”. The aim of this puzzle is moving one of the wooden ball to the other ball side. Rope arrangement is visible from photo. Rope thickness is about 3 mm. I advise a rigid (non elastic) rope. You can find the solution easily on internet if you make a Google search for African ball puzzle solution

Torii gate Tokyo

Tori tokyo low

This is also a well known and simple puzzle. If you are familiar with string puzzles you can see the solution from photo. The aim of this puzzle is to free the rope and wooden ball. But looks nice on coffee tables. Small beads at the end of ropes are fixed by gluing them.

Torii gate Kyoto

Torii gate Kyoto puzzle

The aim of this puzzle is taking both dark (small) ball to same side. Rope arrangement is visible from photo. After understanding the solution of African ball puzzle, you can solve this one easily. Two ends of the rope are fixed to the big yellow ball by gluing them.

If you want make your own Torii gate puzzles, you can download or preview this free PDF file including drawing for dimensions from here. (0.3 MB on secure server box.com)  You can print last page without scaling and take dimensions by measuring with a ruler. None of the dimensions is critical.

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