| Peanut puzzle [message #9925] Sat, 13 February 2010 19:52 UTC
The peanut puzzle was invented by famous puzzle designer Stewart Coffin in the 1980's. Click on this link for diagrams and photos of the original design. This puzzle is beautiful made from wood but is difficult to make accurately. Well-made copies of this puzzle in wood sell for over $150.|
Here I decided to make this puzzle out of spheres, and it has a completely different look. Interestingly, it also changes the way the puzzle fits, so it is in fact a slightly different puzzle. The 6 pieces are all different, and can be assembled into dozens of different geometrical shapes. Four of these shapes are shown in the photos below. One of these shapes is impossible to assemble from the original puzzle pieces.
The photos are actually of the prototype, which is dyed three different colors. The red and orange came out so close that it may appear there are only two colors. The final version also has some subtle design improvements not seen in these pieces.
Now you can obtain a copy of this puzzle for only $22 in 2cm diameter spheres. The 3cm diameter sphere version costs $48.
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[Updated on: Sat, 13 February 2010 20:00 UTC]
|Re: Peanut puzzle [message #10407 is a reply to message #9955 ] Wed, 03 March 2010 18:41 UTC
Here are some pix of the 3 cm version dyed six colors. This size works out very well. The 2 cm size seems really tiny in comparison, and the pieces have a tendency to get more stuck together ...
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