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Picture of Hexagon Puzzle

This is a fun and simple project to make. It consists of 12 pieces that are all the same size. The pieces are glued together to make 3 assemblies. Getting it apart or putting it together is the challenge. As always, there is a trick.

For those that want to get straight to chase - see the solution video here.

Note that I'm not the originator of the design. If you are not up to building it, similar versions can be purchased online.

Step 1: Tools/Materials

Tools:

  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Wood Clamps
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil

Material:

  • 1x4 by 12" Long
  • Wood Glue
Mellow971 made it!3 months ago
All cuts with a jigsaw so obviously not the most precise, but works well nonetheless. Pretty cool as a gift for a kid ;)
Thanks for this instructable.
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thehoss made it!5 months ago
I completed the construction and I got to Step 8 fit check and I had to kind of force it together. Now I can't take it loose!!! Everything was going great, I waited for the glue to dry, got my sandpaper ready figured out how to put it together, got it together now I can't take it apart. The video is absolutely worthless if you didn't get pas Step 8 and now I'm exhausted.
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mtairymd (author)  thehoss5 months ago
Sorry, but that made me laugh. I was worried about the binding when I built mine. The first trial fit was pretty bad. I backed out quickly and started sanding. I took a few iterations to get it to be totally free. Actually, mine is too free as you can see from the gaps.

Ok, now for the good news. If you put it together, you can get it apart. Go find your two closest friends and each of you grab a piece. Pull apart as shown in the video. It will come free. Next, sand the sides shown. Sand, using a block to get a straight edge. Don’t sand too much. You will know when it’s right.
thehoss mtairymd5 months ago
Don't be sorry, it was a half-hearted attempt at humor considering my demise at the time. I did get it apart finally and I've been sanding but it still sticks so I'm trying not to sand too much. I had a great time making it, trying to be as precise as possible and when it wouldn't come apart I almost felt defeated then the craftsman in me awakened and I figured it out so now I'm trying to perfect it. Thanks for the great advice, that sanding block was a no-brainer that I didn't think about. Thanks.
TheRammer6 months ago
Here's a different, yet similar, hexagon puzzle: http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~storer/JimPuzzles/SHAP...

My glue-up of 4-levels must have had an error (or too much friction) as I cannot disassemble. My second attempt is only 3-levels high. One of the sub-pieces sticks out a little due to improper alignment during glue-up. I cut 49 pieces, so still have 28 for a few more attempts.
mtairymd (author)  TheRammer6 months ago
wow, that is beautiful.
TheRammer made it!6 months ago
Laser cut scrap 5mm underlayment (4.925" x 5.669"). Etched triangles were simply for aesthetics (and to aid in alignment during glue-up). Sanded off the smoke marks and treated with beeswax/orange oil mix which made the sliding silky smooth. Very satisfying fidget toy. Thank you.
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mtairymd (author)  TheRammer6 months ago
Nice job! I like the etched triangles.