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Don’t worry-this is not as unpleasant as you’re thinking: it’s just another puzzle box. More like a box within a box, with four simple moves to get the inner box (or tray) out. Very easy to make-a couple of days should do it. Might make a nice little present for a child. Especially with Christmas on the way... I made this box to suit the size of my clamps, and it measures 6-1/2” by 4-1/2” by 1-3/4” when made from 1/8” wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
What a strange puzzle box. There are so many parts that don't need making. The ornate fretwork around the sides-you don't need to do that. The sides could be solid-it makes no difference. There's a whole section that doesn't need to be made. It's full of mechanical moving parts, and has absolutely no effect on opening the box-it's just there to add a bit of atmosphere. Without all this extra stuff, you could make this box in a day. With the extra stuff, it would take a bit longer. And yet, this is one box that I thoroughly enjoyed making. It took longer to work out the mechanical parts than to actually make, and worked first time... The size of this box is 4" by 4" by 3" or 3-1/2" (depending on how much you make of it), if made from 1/8" wood. That's roughly 10 by 10 by 7.5 or 9 cm by 3mm thick wood. The plans are T-Plans, so you can make as much of this box as you want, at any size.
Sometimes a box is named after the way it looks. But of course, there are many different ways to decorate it, from complex fretwork patterns, right down to ordinary paper. This puzzle box looks rather like a giant liquorice all-sort, with yellow sides, and a black top and bottom. Nothing moves on the sides, so the only parts that look as if they can move are the top and bottom. The bottom doesn't move at all, so that leaves the top. But that won't turn, push, pull or lift. There's only THREE moves to open this box, and you're not really sure if you've done the first move until you try the second one... This is a fairly simple box to make: a couple of days should do. The size of this box is 3" by 3" by 3", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
You may of heard about objects and people going through Star Trek's early transporter, and coming back inside out. Not good, and messy. "Transporter malfunction" or not, this box is certainly inside out. Most of the working panels are on the outside. You can see all the tongues and notches that stop the panels from moving. If only it were that easy... There are some more hidden working panels inside, and you have to work out which outer ones to move first... Only 12 moves to open the box, 13 if you lift the lid off... The size of this box is 3-1/2" by 3-1/2" by 3-1/2", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this box at any size.
This box looks like a block of soil, or earth, covered with leaves and flowers. No square panels on this.But of course, the leaves are panels, and the flowers are wheels, and everything has to be manipulated in order to remove the lid. None of the leaves will move at the start, but some flowers will turn. That doesn't do anything unless it's the right time to turn that flower. When it's the right time, the leaves beneath it can be moved, and eventually, the lid lifted off. 23 moves needed to do that. Quite a lot of precise cutting to do, along with twenty discs, and nearly as many holes to cut. Size of this box is about 6" by 4" by 3", if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
If you ever find yourself in the Antartic, just hope you don't have one of these with a real compass inside, because you'll probably freeze to death before you get it open... A "casket-type" box with a lid. On the lid is a dial marked in compass points, and a slider that has to be moved along a slot. To move the slider, the dial must be turned each way at different times. Under the dial is a circular maze, and a peg attached to the slider must travel through this maze. Only when the peg has reached the other side of the maze can the lid be lifted off. The lid can be re-locked, without going back through the maze. Fairly easy to make, despite some very precise cutting. Size of this box is 4-3/4" by 3" by 1-1/2", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this at any size.
The way I've decorated this box, it looks like a 1930's cigarette box, with only a single lid to open. But it's another puzzle box with a slight difference: there are no outer panels or sliders to move about. The lid is locked, so how do you open it? Since there are no outer moving parts, it must be gravity... There are eleven weighted parts to slide around inside the lid, so the box has to be tilted in all directions. You can hear the blocks moving around inside, but if you don't know the moves, you'll be at it for quite a while... The size of this box is 5-1/2" by 3-1/4" by 3", if made from 1/8" wood, but plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
A Keysafe is a metal box, fixed to the outside of a house, which holds the keys to that house. You open it by pressing several buttons and turning a knob. This box works in the same way, except you don't push the buttons in, you push them upwards. This is because the friction of wood is so much greater than that of metal. So, to open this box, you must push a number of buttons up, and turn the knob. But you don't know which buttons, or how many to move. Any wrong button will lock the knob. There is a reset bar which resets all the buttons so you can have another try. And another. And another... Why would you make this, when it's so much easier to buy a real keysafe (they're quite cheap), and it's nowhere near as strong? The fun is in actually making it and finding out how it works, and you can make your own combination. CAUTION: This box will take some making as there are lots of very precise cuts to make, and quite a lot of fine-tuning. Not something for beginners... The size of this box is 4" by 5-1/4" by 2-1/4", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
It looks like a safe, it works a bit like a safe, and if it were made of metal, it could be a safe. The wheel with the handles will unlock the door, but it's still held in place by the front outside bars. To open these, all the other outside stuff must be moved around, then the door can be pulled out. 27 moves needed to open the door. Despite it's size, this box is not too hard to make as there are no little fiddly bits to mess around with. The size of this box is 7-1/2" by 6" by 6", if made from 1/8" wood, (19 by 15 by 15 cm, 3mm thick), and at this size, you will need about two feet by two feet of 1/8" wood, and about 26 inches of 1/4" dowel rod. That's about 60 by 60 cm of 3mm wood, and about 90 cm of 6mm dowel rod. The plans are T-Plans (40 pages), so you can make this box at any size.
A box with no moving panels on sides, just four black pointers inside four white squares. Nothing will push or turn, but they have to move in order to get the lid off. Not very difficult to make, just a few precise cuts here and there. I had to alter the plans four times to get this right, and almost rebuild the lid three times to get it working the way I wanted. The size of this box is 4" by 4" by 3-1/4" (10.2 by 10.2 by 8.3 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this any size you wish.
This box is also available as a kit from: BHPenLaser