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A pair of perplexing puzzles
I’ve always enjoyed wooden puzzles, both making and solving them. The two puzzles shown here are easy to make, but challenging to solve. The “Broken Tee” consists of four pieces to arrange into their namesake “T” shape. The “Framed Tee” is a double-sided puzzle: Its four Tees perfectly fit the frame on one side in a particular pattern, and the frame on the other side in a different pattern.
The “Broken Tee” is the easier of the two to make. A few saw cuts, a little sanding, and you’re done. The “Framed Tee” puzzle requires a bit more care. For the puzzle to work, the Tees must all be identical and precisely sized. The frames—one of which is just slightly smaller than the other—must also be perfectly sized. While there are many ways to cut the lap joints that connect the Tees for the frame puzzle, I chose to use my dovetail saw and chisels. The pieces are small enough that cutting them with power tools would be dicey without using suitable hold-downs. If you prefer the production speed of a table saw or router, consider scaling all the dimensions up for safer part-handling.
I suggest digging into your box of exotic offcuts and making a batch of these puzzles for the inquisitive folks on your gift list. In case you want the fun of solving these yourself, we’re not showing you the solutions right here, they’re on page 60.
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