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Push pins diamond

Pushpin diamond match

 

This puzzle is a another simple color match puzzle. The aim of this puzzle is different. You must arrange puzzle pieces into a diamond shape (first row 1, second row 3. third row 5 etc…)  such that no two same color appears in adjacent squares (diagonally and orthogonally).  This puzzle is also easy to make with a wooden stick and some pushpins. For making “L” shaped pars I glued 1×1 sticks to 2×1  sticks. I used 20 x 10 mm wooden stick. You can use similar dimensions according to your materials. I cut them with a hand miter saw, I made some decorative saw traces and mounted push pins. Puzzle parts are below.

diamond match parts

 

If you want make your own puzzle or see the solution you can preview or download this free PDF file about this puzzle from here (0.4 MB on secure server box.com)

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Push pins garden

Pushpin square match

This puzzle is a simple square color match puzzle. You must arrange puzzle pieces into a 5×5 grid such that no color appears more than once in each column and each row. This puzzle is very easy to make with a wooden stick and some pushpins. I used 20 x 10 mm wooden stick. You can use similar dimensions according to your materials. I cut them with a hand miter saw, I made some decorative saw traces and mounted push pins. Puzzle parts are below. 

Birds pcs

If you want make your own puzzle or see the solution you can preview or download this free PDF file about this puzzle from here (0.4 MB on secure server box.com)

Pinpinix

Pinpinix pin and hole puzzle

This puzzle is one of my first original designs. I designed this puzzle first, before 6-7 years ago. It was a hand made design (without using a computer). My aim was designing a puzzle with holes on each face of each pieces. I designed “first pinpinix” and made a copy for myself. Afters 5-6 years I have an occasion for making a computer analyse. I found 30 solution for old pinpinix. I tried to improve my design by computer aid. After some improvements “PINPINIX” has born. This puzzle has only one solution.

You can see this puzzle pieces from Mr.Ishino web site.  If you look closer to the picture and to puzzle pieces, you will say “That two puzzle aren’t same”. But puzzle pieces are same except some craft tricks. There are some extra decorative holes on crafted puzzle.

This puzzle has 9 pieces. Each puzzle pieces is made of 1x1x3 blocks. On ech pieces 8 holes is drilled. (exept piece I with 6 holes). Normally both end of the pieces aren’t usable and there aren’t a hole on design model. But I drilled decorative holes on both end of pieces in same diameter with pin holes.

The pin holes are through holes. And I made chamfer for both end of the pins. When you look to assembled puzzle, It’s difficult to differ fixed pins.

My other craft trick is making holes perpendicular to pins. I drill that holes before mounting pins. And when I mount pins, that holes became closed by pins, but looks like a hole from decorative side. And my last craft trick. I make saw traces on each pices for they looks like made from individual cubes.

This puzzle include only one piece that hasn’t a hole on center cube. If you drill two hole to the center of this piece, you can obtain a puzzle with 30 solution. A less difficult, more decorative design.

If you like make a copy for your collection it’s an easy project. I cut 9 pieces (20x20x60 mm), pin holes are 6 mm and other holes are 6,5 mm.  Here there is a video of a copy of this puzzle made by one of my readers.

Ball truck

Ball truck puzzle

A small truck, a big car and a stainless steel ball. The aim of this puzzle is taking out the steel ball. As you can guess this is a small dexterity puzzle. For me dexterity puzzles are toys. But I like toys and I make also some toys. For this reason making a small dexterity puzzle is a funny project for me.

For this project I used salt shaker. I removed its cap and I obtained a very small jar. The acrylic pipe used for this puzzle is an old empty pen. The pipe is fixed to the cap. Ball truck and car are only moving pieces of this puzzle.
If you look closely to the photo you can see a small hole on the truck. For taking out the ball you must use this truck and the car. The trick of the puzzle is very simple but require a lot of patience. I am sure you find how to take out the ball.

If you want make your own puzzle you can preview or download this free PDF file from here (0.7 MB on secure server box.com) including dimensions, craft tips and solution.