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 Post subject: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:59 pm 
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Next time: all blank 10mm cubittles. I cannot sand the brown ones as their color goes byebye when I do.. so.. next time ALL blank bittles, at least those can be sanded proper and I can color them in later with wood coloring. As you can see the light colored pieces are much nicer in shape because of it and I couldn't sand the excess glue off of the brown so that bit looks rather rough. :roll:

Also made a small 1/2mm mistake gluing the brown thing together, yippee.. and no way to get them apart anymore haha, but I don't think that is going to matter much when solving this puzzle.

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They all fit separately into each other and all, just have to see now if they will fit together assembled or if a wee more sanding is needed. Wait and see... *fiddles*

For a first attempt I don't think this looks bad at all.. *fiddles more and mutters*

Been fiddling with this for 15 minutes now.. it's only two pieces in a box, how hard can this BE already :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:12 pm 
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Nice puzzle, I'll make one too. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:16 pm 
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Good luck! A simple one like this one can be made in two hours I think, if you discard all the breaks I took in between :)

It's loads of fun, and I'd love to see you make one!

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:24 pm 
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A level 11 burr with only 3 pieces - quite impressive. I'm building a Phoenix Cabracan at the moment, I'll post when it is complete.

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:31 pm 
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Level 11?? :shock:

No wonder I am having a hard time putting it together :lol:

I just made this one because it only needed a small amount of bitties. I have one, maybe two others waiting to be made that are small as well :)

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:30 pm 
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SOLVED!!

Not being able to sand the dark bits made it necessary to sand heavily on the blank ones. I will definitely try to make this puzzle again using blank bits only, hopefully things will fit a bit more snug then.

I can definitely recommend making this puzzle yourself :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:45 am 
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At the moment I'm using Cuisenaire rods for making this kind of puzzles, but those are coloured, and can not be sanded.
They are good for put-together puzzles (like the Impuzzables), but not for complicated burrs.
The wooden cubes I've bought have not enough precision, or they are very expensive, has anyone a good resource for small wooden cubes?

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:11 am 
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I got my 10mm from http://www.spelspul.nl/

It's not great, but considering I am not that good at working with wood this will do. Just use the blanks, not the colored ones.

If I want a high quality puzzle I will simply have to buy one, no other option for me, especially if making one myself gets the cost price near to what a ready made one costs. I'd much rather have someone with the wood skills make one for me :)



Currently working on another puzzle, this one is already turning out better than this first one, but still requires sanding on the blank bits to fit them in the darker ones, EVEN though I paid special attention that all the smooth bits are on the inside of the puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:42 am 
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Thanks, I wish I could saw the cubes myself, I tried but it's not a succes. :wink:
I'll make the Petit Puzzle with all 1x1x1 cubes from Cuisenaire, these are blank, the longer rods are coloured.
'Even Packing' by Bram Cohen turned out very nice with Cuisenaire rods, I used all 1x1x2 pieces, so my puzzle is red coloured,
this puzzle is really hard, I made it 3-4 months ago and still have not solved it. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:38 am 
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Do you have a link for the cuisenaire (sp?) things? :)

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
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You can find Cuisenaire rods on eBay and Amazon, I bought 10 boxes of vintage rods on Marktplaats, I've plenty of them to make lots of puzzles. :D

This is the Even Packing puzzle made from Cuisenaire, I would call it Evil Packing. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:00 am 
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Just checked ebay (Amazon is a non option for me).. I'll stick to the Dutch store hehe, thanks though!


Evil packing :lol:
I think I thought that about the petit as well at some point in time :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:47 am 
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Anyone know a good source for instructions on how to build these kind of puzzles that are blind friendly? All this reliance on images leans me in the dark as to what these puzzles look like.

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
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I've bought 3/8" and 1/2" hardwood cubes from two different sources and they were both very good. The 3/8" ones were all Beech but needed a slight bit of sanding before I used them. The 1/2" cubes were generally excellent, but are just described as "hardwood" so the batch I received were of mixed types of wood so they had to be sorted slightly before I used them.

If you want different colours in your puzzle, just buy plain wood cubes and after sanding and fitting, stain them with wood stain or use coloured waxes to polish them.

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
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Even packing is an extremely difficult puzzle. If you want something challenging but reasonable for a human to do I suggest 'Best 7' or 'Best 8' among my stuff on puzzles will be played.


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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
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Jeffery Mewtamer wrote:
Anyone know a good source for instructions on how to build these kind of puzzles that are blind friendly? All this reliance on images leans me in the dark as to what these puzzles look like.


The burrtools file format is reasonably parsable, if you got some kind of setup where you could parse those and be able to understand them then people could send you burrtools files.


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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 2:13 am 
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Bram wrote:
Even packing is an extremely difficult puzzle. If you want something challenging but reasonable for a human to do I suggest 'Best 7' or 'Best 8' among my stuff on puzzles will be played.


Hm yes, Even packing seems impossible! I have also made Hide the Worm Variant 1 & 2, and also haven't solved them yet.....
I'll try Best 7 and Best 8.

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:21 pm 
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I am just in love with all these burrs.

At Wil's someone approached me asking me to take apart one he had brought. He had been working for a looooong time on this thing but nope.

I couldn't manage it either, boy was that a hard one! It did involve twisting so burrtools was no help either there hahah.

I am so sorry if you are reading this and I do not remember your name. I am the hearing aid gal :D

I wonder which puzzle that was now.. but it was very pretty (and nasty hehe) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 11:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 12:21 pm 
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Do share some more info! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 12:41 pm 
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Even packing - solved !!!!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 2:24 pm 
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Uhmm.. I meant about how you made it, pics of pieces and such? hehe

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 2:30 pm 
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It's this puzzle : http://puzzlewillbeplayed.com/444/EvenPacking/
Be aware it's extremely difficult, I solved it today after about 6 months.....................
So glad I can finally put it in it's little box. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 3:09 pm 
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Ok so it is not a petit puzzle ;)

Still I would like to see it :)

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
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Ah no I will not take it apart again ! NO !!! :P
You can see a half assembled picture earlier in this thread.
Maybe I have some pictures of the pieces, I'll have to look....

Next I will make a 'Petit Puzzle'. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 11:39 am 
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Aha, I've found a picture of 'Even Packing', before the assembly.

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And I made the 'Petit Puzzle' today, just glued the pieces together, no need to sand anything, the pieces slide nicely into the cage.
Now trying to solve the thing. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
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Where did you get the parts for this? Looks good!

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 Post subject: Re: Petit puzzle
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 5:02 am 
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I'e made the puzzles from Cuisenaire rods, very colourful.
The advantage is that those come in differents lenghts, less gluing work than using all cubes. :)

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