How to Disassemble a Shooting Star Wooden Puzzle

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How to Disassemble a Shooting Star Wooden Puzzle
A shooting star puzzle is a 3-D puzzle much like this one. (puzzle image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

The wooden shooting star puzzle is made of six carefully carved interlocking wood pieces. It's a unique puzzle in that it serves as a conundrum both in taking it apart and putting it back together. The shooting star also makes a decorative tabletop piece to keep on display. Many puzzle solvers have a difficult time disassembling a new puzzle. This is due to the new puzzle being too stiff to pull apart easily. It just takes a little more effort to disassemble the puzzle that first time.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Examine the wooden star puzzle. When completed, it contains six interlocked wooden pieces that form a 3-dimensional star.

  2. 2

    Rap the wooden star lightly against the table to loosen the pieces of the puzzle. This works especially well on tight or stiff puzzles that don't move easily.

  3. 3

    Grasp two opposing pieces of the star puzzle and pull with a slight twisting motion. The puzzle should come apart easily. If not, grasp two or three puzzle pieces at once and squeeze together as you pull.

Tips and warnings

  • The newer the star puzzle, the more tightly the pieces interlock and the harder it is to pull apart.

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