How to Solve Difficult Wooden Puzzles

Updated February 21, 2017

Wooden puzzles come in all shapes and sizes, some even in three dimensional figures. The difficulty of a wooden puzzle is part of its fun, but if you have been struggling at your puzzle for too long, some helpful hints might steer you in the right direction. These brain teasers must be approached from many angles before they are solved. By exhausting multiple techniques, you are bound to solve your puzzle in time.

Pay attention to the way you take apart the puzzle the first time. The pieces go back together the same way.

Dump all the pieces out and turn them right side up.

Separate the pieces with plenty of space. Gain a clear perspective on each individual piece.

Look for pieces that obviously fit together. Group them together.

Group puzzle pieces that obviously fit along the edge of the puzzle. Edge puzzle pieces have at least one completely straight, flat edge.

Put the frame together. Use the edge pieces to construct a frame that resembles the puzzle before you took it apart.

Gather the pieces with the most complicated shapes. Arrange these pieces in several variations. With each variation, attempt to fit them in the frame.

Place simply shaped pieces in last to fit the more complicated shapes.

Repeat Steps 7 and 8 as many times as needed until you solve the puzzle.


If the puzzle is particularly confusing in one area, move onto another area and come back to it later. Take breaks when you hit a mental wall so that you can come back with a fresh perspective.

bibliography-icon icon for annotation tool Cite this Article

About the Author

Michael Monet has been writing professionally since 2006. At the San Francisco School of the Arts, he studied under writers Octavio Solis and Michelle Tea, performed his work in Bay Area theaters and was published in literary journals such as "Paradox," "Umlaut" and "Transfer." Monet also studied creative writing at Eugene Lang College in New York and Mills College in Oakland.