Today I wanted to introduce the UFO puzzle. It is an adaptation of a puzzle by Stephane Chomine. I’ve been looking at his puzzle designs for a few months because they are awesome and I wanted to try to make one. I decided to pick the Stick Belted Box because it reminded me of a UFO spacecraft. The making of this puzzle was a lot of fun. In fact, I liked making the puzzle more than blogging about puzzles, which I found surprising.
I wanted to take the design and make it my own so I decided to make it a 7 piece puzzle instead of the 6 piece puzzle found of the Stick Belted Box. The materials include 9/16 inch wooden cubes that I found at hobby lobby, elmer’s wood glue, fine sand paper (320 grit), and a wood conditioner made of mineral oil and bee’s wax. As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed making this puzzle. Making the puzzle work correctly was challenging because there wasn’t a lot of room for error but I found that a little sanding was very helpful. Looking back, I would have done things a little different. Some calipers would have been helpful. Although the knowledge gained from making the puzzle is invaluable.
Once I finished the puzzle and had it in working order, I solved it several times because I was fascinated with the design of the puzzle. Stephane did an excellent job designing this puzzle because it looks cool and it is a blast to solve. There is room for improvement on my part but I am happy with this build. I hope to start making my own designs in the future as well as continue to make mechanical puzzles. A special thanks goes out to Stephane for designing this puzzle and to Stickman for providing advice that was very helpful.