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xx   TOY

Fritz the wonder dog, a wooden puzzle that comes apart into seven pieces.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #17 Nov-Dec 1990 pg. 36
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #19 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 4

A 3-D brain tease block puzzle. A 4" cube of wood is band sawn into an interlocking collection of 12 pieces.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #23 Nov-Dec 1991 pg. 46

Sculpture game and puzzle. A collection of various shapes and colors of wood can be fitted together several ways to form a 2"x2"x8" column that stores in a V-block tray. The individual pieces can also be used for a stacking block game where the object is to avoid having them fall over.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #42 Dec 1994 pg. 54

Cornish knot puzzle. Six solid-wood dowels (2.5" long) lock together.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #56 Dec 1996 pg. 73

Dovetail puzzle box with spring-loaded locking mechanism.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #67 Aug 1998 pg. 58

Nob's neverending puzzle. Sixteen compound-angled blocks are glued in pairs to form eight puzzle pieces. Includes instructions for a blockmaking jig. Eleven solutions are shown.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #68 Oct 1998 pg. 56
Correction AMERICAN WOODWORKER #70 Dec 1998 pg. 18

Five puzzles of wood and wire you can make. Plans can be ordered. Puzzle solutions included with the article.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Nov 1977 (v.55#11) pg. 129

Make a puzzle of nine squares to place over nine pegs. Estimated cost: $11.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1981 (v.59#7) pg. 76

Tot's number puzzle. The digits 1-4 fit into shallow recesses on a board. Knobs atop each digit correspond to the number. Est. cost: $18.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1983 (v.61#2) pg. 42, 60

Rebuild the pyramid of circles puzzle.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1964 (v.54#10) pg. 30

Tan's Chinese picture-puzzle game. A square of cardboard split into seven pieces is used to form many pictures or silhouettes.
BOYS' LIFE Jul 1966 (v.56#7) pg. 44

Coordination puzzle requires getting several balls into different holes. A pocket-size puzzle made from babyfood jar tops and ball bearings.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1966 (v.56#12) pg. 83

Set of six box puzzles that require maneuvering buttons or small silver balls into holes in a pattern.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1970 (v.60#11) pg. 64

A bag of six action puzzles to make.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1980 (v.70#6) pg. 62

Pyramid puzzle. Seven disks are moved, one at a time, from one peg to another, keeping their pyramid form.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1980 (v.70#11) pg. 74

Impossible dovetails puzzle.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 2003 (v.93#1) pg. 34

A wooden ball trapped in a small cage is carved from a single piece of wood.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 2003 (v.93#1) pg. 36

Solving the EIGHT QUEENS problem. A BASIC program is used to solve the venerable eight Queens puzzle.
BYTE Oct 1978 (v.3#10) pg. 122
Added Info BYTE Jan 1979 (v.4#1) pg. 162
Added Info BYTE Feb 1979 (v.4#2) pg. 132

Simple wooden puzzle made from scraps of plywood.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1982 (v.6#3) pg. 24

How to make punch-out puzzles from corrugated cardboard with funny animals glued to the brightly-painted face.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Dec 1975-Jan 1976 (v.6#3) pg. 36

Two wooden stacking puzzles. A hamburg and a sandwich. Painted wooden sections of cheese, lettuce, onion ring, tomato, meat and a pickle are stacked on a wooden dowel in the bread or bun.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Mar 1979 (v.10#2) pg. 11

Puzzle push-out number blocks for small child. Est. cost: $4.
FAMILY CIRCLE Oct 26 1982 (v.95#15) pg. 93, 120

Wooden puzzles. Easy to make but tough to solve.
FINE WOODWORKING #49 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 38

Making a wooden cube puzzle. Simple methods produce precisely interlocking pieces. This eight-piece oak puzzle is made up of 48 identical pyramid shapes and can be assembled 11 ways.
FINE WOODWORKING #91 Nov-Dec 1991 pg. 68

A sliding-tile puzzle consists of nine wooden rectangles inside a small frame (5"x6"). The object is to slide the largest tile from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
FINE WOODWORKING #91 Nov-Dec 1991 pg. 69
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #93 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 6

Interlocking wood puzzle consists of three rectangular pieces of wood. Dimensions are given in millimeters.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Dec 1978 (v.67#9) pg. 44

Puzzle clasps. Unique and decorative necklace clasps are based on variations of interlocking puzzle designs. Larger versions of the clasps can serve as belt buckles.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1999 (v.52#12) pg. 75

Homemade wire puzzle made from a coat hanger.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #73 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 113

How to make a pair of puzzles. (1) The camel and the needle. (2) The ring thing.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #90 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 74

How to put two vertical pieces of wood through a small hole in a horizontal block of wood, when the hole is smaller than the ends of wood.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Fall 1978 (v.9#3) pg. 16

Block of wood about 5" long and 2" square is jigsawed on two sides to made an interlocking puzzle of many pieces.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Fall-Winter 1978 (v.9#4) pg. 7

Simple band saw puzzle consists of 10 pieces of light color wood which must fit together perfectly with 10 pieces of dark color wood.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Spring-Summer 1979 (v.10#2) pg. 15

All-electronic version of Princeps Puzzle. Requires 170 pushes of the eight buttons in the proper sequence to turn off all the 8 lights. Est. cost: $30.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] May 1971 (v.34#5) pg. 26
Correction POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Jul 1971 (v.35#1) pg. 94

Electronic puzzle box uses three 6-position rotary switches connected to an LED. The combination of switch settings needed to light the LED can be easily changed.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Dec 1989 (v.6#12) pg. 38

Six wooden blocks interlock together to form this puzzle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1968 (v.130#2) pg. 126
Added Info POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1968 (v.130#4) pg. 6

Plunger puzzle is made from a block of wood with a wooden plunger.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1971 (v.135#2) pg. 132

Letter-cube puzzle. Object is to reverse positions of words "black" and "white", moving only one cube at a time.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1971 (v.135#5) pg. 117

Make this classic disc puzzle, the Tower of Hanoi. Seven wooden discs on three posts. You must move all the discs from one post to another without putting a big disc on top of a smaller one.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1978 (v.149#2) pg. 31

Hen and egg puzzle. A wooden baby chick, small hen and larger hen all nest together forming a simple childs puzzle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1978 (v.150#5) pg. 116

Puzzle cubes. Four cubes of wood, with veneer on each side, sit in a rack. The object is to arrange the cubes in a row so that a different veneer face appears on all four sides.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1982 (v.157#1) pg. 66

Wood puzzle consists of a cube with four "spots" on each face. The spots are ends of wooden dowels. Play consists of removing and then replacing the 12 notched dowels which form the visible spots.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1986 (v.163#3) pg. 119

Circular glass top table, 21" in diameter, has a base made up of three interlocking wood strips and no fasteners. The base is actually a giant version of a simple interlocking wooden puzzle.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1973 (v.202#2) pg. 126

A simple string puzzle. Two small blocks of wood (1"x2") with two drilled holes in each are joined together with an 18" loop of string. The object is to untie and retie the blocks.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #64 Jan 1992 (v.11#4) pg. 61

Cube puzzle. The seven puzzle pieces (assembled from 15 smaller blocks of wood) fit together to form a cube shape.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #71 Mar 1993 (v.12#5) pg. 59
Correction POPULAR WOODWORKING #72 May 1993 (v.12#6) pg. 7

Band saw dollhouse furniture puzzle box. Thirty-three miniature chairs, tables, and stools are cut from a single 4x4 block of wood about 7" long.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #71 Mar 1993 (v.12#5) pg. 82

The Burr puzzle. An interlocking puzzle made from 18 pieces of wood.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #94 Jan 1997 (v.16#6) pg. 43

Unlock the secrets of the puzzle box. How to build band sawn boxes with odd-shaped interlocking innards.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #97 Jul 1997 (v.17#3) pg. 69

Doll dinette puzzle. Three miniature table and chair sets fit together into a 2"x2"x4" block of scrap wood.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #100 Jan 1998 (v.17#6) pg. 38

Grandpa's wonder puzzle. A 2"x2"x3" block of wood is cut into an interlocking puzzle with just 4 curving cuts on the band saw.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #100 Jan 1998 (v.17#6) pg. 39

The amateur scientist. Cat's cradles and other topologies formed with a two-meter loop of flexible string. An exploration of the arithmetic rules that seem to emerge from the topology of simple loops. Figures studied include "ten men", "fishing net", "lightening", and Navaho loops.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN May 1985 (v.252#5) pg. 138

Puzzles that require you to fit pieces into two- or three-dimensional forms and ways to simplify their solution.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Jun 1987 (v.256#6) pg. 122

Solutions for "Rubik's Magic", a new puzzle that provides a study in permutation operators.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Oct 1987 (v.257#4) pg. 170

Imprint your own Valentine cards with a "rebus" puzzle for the message.
SUNSET Feb 1982 (v.168#2) pg. 136

Oversize pieces for two classic puzzles. The goal is to arrange the pieces into a perfect square or the letter "T".
SUNSET Dec 1992 (v.189#6) pg. 104

Plane perplexing. Toy wooden airplane is also a puzzle. It will disassemble into several separate pieces if your know the secret.
WEEKEND WOODWORKING (PROJECTS) #29 Sep 1992 (v.5#5) pg. 20

Baffling bass. A three-dimensional wooden puzzle in the shape of a fish features 16 interlocking pieces.
WEEKEND WOODWORKING (PROJECTS) #40 Jul 1994 (v.7#4) pg. 10

Three-dimensional wooden puzzle in the shape of an elephant comes apart into eight pieces. Suitable for three- to six-year-old children.
WEEKEND WOODWORKING (PROJECTS) #41 Sep 1994 (v.7#5) pg. 12, Insert

Sliding-tile puzzle. Fifteen wooden tiles can be moved around in a square frame just large enough for sixteen tiles (in four rows of four tiles). The object is to arrange the tiles in correct order left-to-right, line-by-line.
WEEKEND WOODWORKING (PROJECTS) #47 Sep 1995 (v.8#5) pg. 24, Insert

Geometric "executive" puzzle made from pine blocks decorated with self-stick vinyl.
WOMAN'S DAY Nov 1 1979 (v.43#2) pg. 79, 132

Penta-block puzzle made from 60 wooden cubes set into a wooden frame.
WOMAN'S DAY Oct 26 1982 (v.46#2) pg. 76, 125

Laminated-puzzle block. Spiral-shaped pieces must be fitted together to form a solid wooden cube.
WOOD MAGAZINE #15 Feb 1987 (v.4#1) pg. 46

Wooden ball is decorated with six symmetrically spaced groups of eight concentric rings with a dimple in the center of each group. When the correct dimple is pressed it ejects a secret lidded box. Tips on turning this puzzle ball.
WOODTURNING #21 Apr 1994 pg. 14

Miniature cannon-shaped puzzle has a hidden cannon ball and screwdriver inside. Requires cutting several miniature threads.
WOODTURNING #31 Apr 1995 pg. 14

Making a screw gun (an unusual puzzle in which the aim is to find a cannonball hidden within). It is a tour de force of the screw cutter's art.
WOODTURNING #51 Apr 1997 pg. 15

Tips on turning a small, round, hollow puzzle box which has a false lid on one end and can't be opened unless you know the secret.
WOODTURNING #58 Dec 1997 pg. 17

Method and secret of the double-axis dovetail puzzle joint.
WOODWORK #16 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 50
Added Info WOODWORK #20 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 8 (Alternate method)

Double Dovetail puzzle joint.
WOODWORK #18 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 74
Added Info WOODWORK #19 Jan-Feb 1993 pg. 47 (Solution).

Chinese block puzzle. Precise whittling produces a tantalizing lock box.
WOODWORK #23 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 56

Puzzlers' world. A selection of four wooden interlocking puzzles from simple to hideously complicated.
WOODWORKER #1058 Jan 1982 (v.86) pg. 38

Make your own Rubik's Cube from wood and springs.
WOODWORKER #1063 Jun 1982 (v.86) pg. 404

Six interlocking wooden puzzles, some of which can't actually be disassembled.
WOODWORKER #1081 Dec 1983 (v.87) pg. 780

A table called Shiguchi. Small circular table features a three leg support which is an oversize version of a wooden puzzle where 6 pieces of wood join together in a six-way joint to form three legs that intersect at right angles.
WOODWORKER #1085 Apr 1984 (v.88) pg. 220

Tower of Hanoi puzzle is a simple woodworking project for a child.
WOODWORKER Feb 1990 (v.94#2) pg. 176

Veneered puzzle consists of only 4 pieces of scrap 1/4" plywood inside an attractive box.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1978 (v.2#5) pg. 11

Chinese puzzle. Six interlocking pieces of wood are joined together in their centers at right angles.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1985 (v.9#2) pg. 46

Block puzzle. Twenty-seven 1" square blocks are arranged into six separate puzzle pieces. They can be assembled to form a 3" square cube. Includes a wooden base to store the cube.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1985 (v.9#5) pg. 52

Pin-hole puzzle. Six wooden blocks (1"x1"x3") and six dowels are assembled to form an interlocking "X-shaped" block.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1986 (v.10#2) pg. 42

Rhombohedron puzzle consists of seven wooden blocks which mate together forming a geometric shape.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1987 (v.11#2) pg. 40, 53
Added Info WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1987 (v.11#3) pg. 6

Moving bead puzzle. A stick with three holes is strung with a length of leather thong and two beads. The object is to move the beads from one loop to another even though they cannot fit through the holes in the stick.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1994 (v.18#1) pg. 46

Spinner puzzle with two ball bearings is a lesson in centrifugal force.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1998 (v.22#6) pg. 38, Insert

Eleven-piece Lion block puzzle.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1971 (v.27#5) pg. 26

Wooden puzzle consists of a piece of wood with three shapes cut in it (a circle, a square and a triangle). Another piece of wood is cut to conform to each of the cutouts, depending upon how it is turned. This is a puzzle for the woodworker as well as the puzzle solver.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1976 (v.32#2) pg. 16

How to build a king-size block puzzle table. Pedestal table's top is a framework with large movable puzzle blocks for the surface. Top measures 9"x11".
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1977 (v.33#6) pg. 89

Perplexing puzzles from the workshop. Six wooden puzzles to make (1) Box-o-blox, (2) peg puzzle, (3) roving rings, (4) contour strips in a box, (5) captive ring puzzle, and (6) Pandora's box.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1978 (v.34#6) pg. 80

Checkerboard puzzle has seven possible solutions.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1983 (v.39#6) pg. 92

Wood block furniture puzzle breaks down into 13 pieces.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1984 (v.40#6) pg. 62

Four sided dovetail joint creates unique puzzle.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1985 (v.41#5) pg. 20

Wooden riverboat toy and puzzle disassembles into seven pieces.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1988 (v.44#6) pg. 36

Puzzle blocks for play or display. Cut up a photo, postcard, pictured wrapping paper, ... and paste onto small wooden blocks.
WORKBENCH Dec 1993-Jan 1994 (v.49#6) pg. 26

Bewildering blocks. Six-piece brainteaser puzzle made from scraps.
WORKBENCH Apr-May 1994 (v.50#2) pg. 58
Correction WORKBENCH Aug-Sep 1994 (v.50#4) pg. 8