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Make a classic Soma puzzle

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Looking for a homemade gift or just a fun game. Try making this classic Soma puzzle.


  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape
  • Paint or oil finish
  • 16-inch-long board, 1 inch thick and at least 3 inches wide


Step 1: Cut 27 1-inch-cube blocks

Step 2: Sand each piece

Step 3: Assemble and glue the 7 separate shapes A through G as shown. Use tape to hold the pieces together until they are dry.

Step 4: After the glue dries, remove tape and do a final sanding of the 7 puzzle pieces.

Step 5: Oil or paint the shapes.


See if you can assemble the pieces into a cube. In addition to building the cube, you can click here to learn to make other Soma structures.


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29 Comments on Make a classic Soma puzzle

  1. I ment very HARD.

  2. chimpdude77 // July 8, 2010 at 11:27 am // Reply

    i thought it wuz a rubicks cube. i wuz rong.

  3. ryggopb

    you can use that to remember how to put it together.
    you could also make this out of cardboard cubes.

  4. awsome guy7 // March 29, 2010 at 12:32 am // Reply

    I’m gonna make one of those…. evnushaly.

  5. For the younger cub scouts who don’t have access to a saw, you can purchase the cubes from hobby shops and craft stores. Michael’s is an excellent source for wooden shapes, including cubes.

  6. tht is awesome man.. i want 2 build myself 1 of those… very koool….. =)

  7. guys….its not a rubicks cube. if it was, it would say so

  8. I have seen those

  9. isnt it called a rubicks cube?

  10. bunnyman11(archer flame yoshi) // December 9, 2008 at 3:47 pm // Reply

    is a soma puzzle kind of like a rubix cube? or do you slide the pieces out?

  11. my schoolteacher made one of those in class

  12. This rocks! I’ll be doing this every single day! Even my cats love this! Someday I’d like to do this again and again and again!

  13. I love it it’s so awesome!

  14. Sixty year old man // October 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm // Reply

    Oh, is this that… Rubix Cube? I could never solve it!

  15. Me and my dad made, it’s so cool

  16. Nice

  17. Cool project!!!

  18. That looks soooo cool. I could make one for my dad because he is the master of puzzles.

  19. how do you print.

    • two ways
      A) press ALT+r
      B) hilight every thing and right click and choss print
      you are welcom

      Ps. my dad is a computer programer

  20. this is pretty cool! I just built one, I’m waiting for the glue to dry.

  21. i have one already. i got it two years ago.

  22. its great

  23. I like this, going to make one for my Grandchildren.



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