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You may have heard of "Russian Dolls"-it's a skittle-shaped wooden doll that hides another doll inside. Inside that one is another one, then another and so on, until you have about a dozen wooden dolls. The first one is about the size of your fore-arm, the smallest about the size of your fingertip. This is my version, but of course, they're puzzle boxes, and there's only three of them, that fit inside each other. They're all easy to make, easy to open, with only five moves each. The largest box is 4" (10.2 cm) by 4" (10.2 cm) by 4" (10.2 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make these at any size. If you've made the Matchbox 2 (it's in the free plans), that box will fit inside the smallest box, making a total of four boxes.
Another "Oriental-looking" puzzle box. This one has only four outer panels, but it takes 18 moves to open the box. You could be watching the tv while you try to open this. Caution! There is quite a lot of precise cutting to do. This is not an easy box to make, unless you have experience of making puzzle boxes. The size of this box is 3" (7.6 cm) by 3" (7.6 cm) by 2-3/4" (7 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size. The "Yoshegi" patterns are included with the plans. Torikki is Japanese for "Tricky".
This is a set of six little drawers that fit into a box. None of the drawers will move, but there is a slight difference in one of the box faces. Find this difference, and you can start removing the drawers. Even then, it's not quite clear how some of them will come out. Of course, it's quite easy if you've made this... ...and it’s easy to make. Size of the box is 5-1/4" (13.4 cm) by 4" (10.2 cm) by 4" (10.2 cm), if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood. The plans are T-Plans, so you can make this any size. The patterns are included.
Just another "casket-type" box, with 14 sliders on the lid. But you only have to make eight moves-the other six are spring-loaded. Of course, only one piece will move to start with, then it's just a matter of finding the rest of the moves. Not so hard to open: probably harder to re-lock the lid. Size of this box is 6" (15.3 cm) by 5-1/8" (13 cm) by 2" (5.1 cm), if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
A box without any outer moving panels, so it must rely on some other motive power to move things inside: centrifugal, gravity, magnetism-any of them would do. This one is gravity, so the box must be tilted some way. There's only four moves, and it's up to you to find them. The trouble with that is, parts might go back if tilted the wrong way... All the moving parts are in the lid, and there is some fairly precise cutting to do (which usually means lots of filing). The size of this box is 3-1/2" by 3-1/2" by 3-1/2" or 8.9 cm by 8.9 cm by 8.9 cm, if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
Another "casket-type" box, but with only a few sliding panels. Opening the box is done with keys-five keys in all. You need to move panels to get the first two keys, these will release two more keys, which will release the last key. This key will release the lid. There are a lot of circles with slots to cut, so if you're not all that good at cutting circles, give this a miss. Size of this box is 6" (15.2 cm) by 5" (12.7 cm) by 3-1/4" (8.3 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this box at any size.
This little box looks just like the "pre-selector" gear lever box fitted to the old Atlantean double-decker, rear-engined buses. It was fitted to the steering column, and you could literally change gear with one finger without letting go of the steering wheel. It was called a "pre-selector" because you chose the gear you wanted before you actually needed it. This is not so much a puzzle box, but more of a mechanical novelty. You still have to move the gear lever to all six slots in order to remove the lid, but the lever seems to be stuck in the middle. Overcome this, and the rest is just a matter of "changing gears". Size is 4" (10.2 cm) by 3" (7.6 cm) by 2-1/2" (64 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans so you can make this at any size.
This looks like another Oriental puzzle box, and it even starts to open just like one. But then it seems to lock up. This isn't one of those boxes where you have to go backwards and forwards to get it open. No, this on has a move in it that I haven't seen in any Oriental puzzle box. Only eight moves to open, if you overcome the sly, devious cunning little move in here. See the video... Size of this box is 4" (10.2 cm) by 3" (7.6 cm) by 2-1/2" (6.3 cm), if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
A box covered in brick patterned paper, with a ladder on top. The only parts that will move are the ladder rungs and they have to be moved one way or the other. But how far do they move? They all have to be in the right place for the sides of the ladder to move. But then, how does the box open? See the video to find out... Size of this box is 5-3/4" (14.6 cm) by 4" (10.2 cm) by 3" (7.6 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
This is really the opposite version of the "Byte Box" (Gallery page 7), but it would be a bit silly to call it the "Un-Byte Box", and since it uses dials to help get it open, that's the name. Three dials, each numbered from 0 to 9, and each one has to be pointed to a particular number to allow the box to open. You could work through the 1000 combinations and find the right one, but the answer is showing on the top, as a line of binary code. Work out this code, and you'll get the three correct numbers. Very easy to make, only six discs to cut, and you can make your own combination. Size of this box is 6" (15.3 cm) by 3-1/2" (8.9 cm) by 2-3/4" (7 cm), if cut from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
An eight-sided box, with a sliding panel on each side. The bottom and top pieces can rotate, but only if the sliding panels are in the right place-up or down. Four panels need to be down, four need to be up to allow the top piece to turn to release the lid. If all the panels are up, the bottom piece can turn, but the top won't. All the panels together won't go to the bottom-only some of them. You have to turn the bottom piece so that only four panels will move down. But four panels will lock it, and four will free the top. You have to find the correct position for the bottom, then which four panels to drop... Caution: this box is fairly hard to make (lots of angled cuts) and a nightmare to assemble. Certainly not for a beginner. Size of this is 3-1/4" (7.6cm) by 3-1/4" (7.6cm) by 5" (12.7cm), if made from 1/8" (3mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.