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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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64 Comments on Make a classic Soma puzzle

  1. L-A-M-E!

  2. I gave up on the paper and made something else with the paper I used.

  3. Making it out of paper! I’ll tell you if it works

  4. looks easy is it

  5. GoScouting! // July 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm // Reply

    This is my all-time favorite puzzle. There are dozens and dozens of different puzzles to try, not just the cube, so this is far more intuitive than that ‘other’ cube 🙂

  6. Rubik’s Cubes are way better. I can silve a Rubiks Cube in under 30 seconds.

  7. Soma cubes are way more boring than Rubik’s cubes

  8. Very cool

    I think this would be cool for my Webelos den but i dont know which badge it is. Please tell me if you can.


  9. This is cool, even though it isn’t a Rubik’s Cube, it is a good puzzle for PARTIES! And to out-smart the teacher.

  10. my dad makes them so tricky that they are free and the instructions are $20

  11. me 12!

  12. i want to make one

  13. pee wee man // July 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm // Reply


  14. its awesome

  15. pretty awesome!

  16. I thought that it was instructions on how to build a Rubik’s cube!!!!

  17. I made my own in a school class it doesn’t look that good because we didn’t have equal peices. This would have helped a while ago.

  18. awesome.. i would like to make one too

  19. Ha Ha this is SO FUN:]

  20. this is like a bedlam cube

  21. dude, this isnt very hard, it realy fun though!

  22. vgcfvhfggjhvfcvghcfdrtfc // August 26, 2010 at 7:45 am // Reply

    is this some sort of rubicks cube

  23. Coolaid3056 // July 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm // Reply

    those things are easy to make and fun to play!

  24. I ment very HARD.

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

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

  26. ryggopb

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

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

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

  28. 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.

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

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

  31. I have seen those

  32. isnt it called a rubicks cube?

  33. 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?

  34. my schoolteacher made one of those in class

  35. 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!

  36. I love it it’s so awesome!

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

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

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

  39. Nice

  40. Cool project!!!

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

  42. 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

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

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

  45. its great

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



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