What is it?

I've been collecting unusual objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started posting them on this site as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are. Most of the items are mine but a few belong to others, if you aren't interested in tools there are plenty of other type objects that have also been posted.

For first time visitors I recommend this archive for a wide variety of some of my best pieces.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

702. 8-3/4" long

703. 2" cube with a 1-1/4" diameter dowel, explain how together these two can be both a puzzle and a science demo:

704. 15" long as seen below:

Pumping the handle spins the other end.

705. 14" long


707. 19" tall


Last week's set is seen below, click here to view the full post:


  • 702. A wheel cylinder hone. (for the hydraullic actuating cylinder on automotive drum brakes)

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 6/29/2006 5:20 AM  

  • 706. One of those wind-proof air vents for barns and other large buildings.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/29/2006 8:00 AM  

  • 703. Put the peg in the hole and wet the pair.
    Wood swells and peg is tight.
    Science = wood swells when wet.
    Puzzle = How did the peg get in the hole and why won't it come out?
    (Here in AZ, set the thing in the sun at 9am and the peg will fall out by noon)

    704. Paint brush spinner.

    705. Wrench?

    706. Agree with top view of roof vent.

    707. Butter churn?

    By Blogger canem, at 6/29/2006 8:40 AM  

  • 707 A knife cleaner

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/29/2006 9:32 AM  

  • Very nice-looking photo on 706.

    By Anonymous Sawdust, at 6/29/2006 8:02 PM  

  • 704 a paint brush spinner
    709 a dried corn sheller

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2006 6:18 AM  

  • >702. A wheel cylinder hone...

    >706. One of those wind-proof air vents for barns and other large buildings.

    Both correct

    >703. Put the peg in the hole and wet the pair...

    Not what I had in mind.

    >704. Paint brush spinner.


    >705. Wrench?


    >706. Agree with top view of roof vent.


    >707. Butter churn?


    >707 A knife cleaner


    >Very nice-looking photo on 706.


    >704 a paint brush spinner


    >709 a dried corn sheller


    By Blogger Rob, at 6/30/2006 5:42 PM  

  • 703 Put the peg in the hole, and try and remove it..... without touching the peg or the box. It is a Puzzle, and can be done. I'm not blowing a lot of hot air here, but I know how its done!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/25/2006 4:23 PM  

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