1:55 AM
"skated" DEFINITELY sounds like a nudge.

2:05 AM
hah, no. just people have discussed what step 8 must do, to the point of almost using words that map directly to the rebus.
just perhaps not in a single sentence/conversation

2:28 AM
I've been staring at the step 7 and step 9 pictures for a long time now, but nothing
either it's not that straight-forward or I'm a dunce (or both)
but I'm guessing it's that I'm a dunce

You mean the resulting step 7/9 images, or the instructions themselves?
@ffao you mean in terms of solving the final rebus, or reverse engineering step 8?

reverse engineering 8, which you said should be easy
I'll keep trying

Talk me through what you believe it should "do"

Yeah, I'm curious too.
I think it refers to repeating some instruction or reversing one, but I can't figure out what the first part is supposed to mean.

2:48 AM
(not really a hint, since it's what @ffao has already effectively done above, and presumably what (s)he's trying to do now): If someone took the time to do all steps cleanly and just skip step 8, it may be a little more obvious

Hm, alright. I've already done 1-7, so I'll just go to 9 and see what happens.

yep, you'll probably make less mistakes
my lines look something like
and I have no idea what to make of that left side
but maybe I got something wrong

You're missing a line that completes the K.
iK cube?
Vaguely reminds me of "rubIK's CUBE", but I might be wrong about that.
The cube also reminds me of one of the cubes in step 2.

there's probably a reason why one of the faces is shaded

3:03 AM
"iK front?"
Step 8 could modify more than the turned tile, too.

There's a couple of errors in those pictures

Welp.

welp. [2]

but they're very close
since it would otherwise be painful monkey work and not "puzzling" - the square with the open circle should only end up with a line on the right, not both sides and as per my comment earlier (@Deusovi) you dropped your half line on the filled "*" square again...

Wow, again? Can't believe I missed that twice.

3:13 AM
actually, you lost another line on that square too

Just noticed that too. Yeah, I probably should've offset the lines to begin with so it was clear which ones belonged to which square.

For what it's worth, I did my "test" version on paper so that it's impossible to mix things up. :) but yeah, thicker lines would've likely made it less error prone too

B...but you said not to use thicker lines!
Before instruction 1, even!

lol :)

(Also, here's the updated (presumably correct) picture:)

3:15 AM
that looks better

Now to figure out what 8 is supposed to do...

Don't you guys know how important it is to read the instructions carefully when making flat-pack furniture? :P
@Deusovi - exactly.. so what's wrong with the picture above that could've been fixed by step 8?

Well, obviously the turned part of the cube. Possibly something else on the left.
It should be turned again how it was in step 4.
...You wouldn't use zero-indexed instructions, would you? :P

ha, no. The instructions (should be) internally consistent

user189275
3:35 AM
@Deusovi: We may be overthinking, the first part of 8, may just trivially mean rotate the 8.

user189275
Not sure about the third thing or the person being happy.

4:30 AM
@Deusovi Wrote 8 Back Third Place :)
and you'll have your final thing fixed
before you did the resorting
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what's "wrote 8 back third place" supposed to mean?

say it out loud

as I understand it we're rotating the fourth piece forwards?

oh maybe i got the wrong piece rotated... dang
haha

well, I like your idea for the first picture

4:39 AM
well im pretty sure the 8 is Rotate

whatever the rebus actually solves to, I think the final effect will really be rotating that piece
so it makes sense

what do you assume the second part means then?

could be Behind
behind the third place might be the fourth place :P

5:07 AM
another line of logic could be "Won Third" -> "One Third" of the 12 pieces is 4
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6:36 AM
Nice!