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This box doesn't pretend to imitate any of the moves of the box featured in the horror films, even though it looks a little the same. However, it's still a puzzle box with probably more moves than the other famous box. 34 moves to open this box, and the lid alone has ten moves. Opening this box won't bring evil spirits, or open doorways to other dimensions: rather, it should put you in good spirits because you managed to get it open, and perhaps open a doorway to the world of puzzle box making... Make no mistake: this box will take a bit of making, as there are a lot of small precise pieces to cut and drill. Not everything is very small, but there are still 148 pieces. There is a four page Photo-Guide included with the plans. These photos were taken during the build of the box, and may help to clarify the plans a little better. The size of this box is 3-1/2" by 3-1/2" by 3-1/2" if you make this from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size you wish.
This is not something that you can read on your E-Reader, but rather another puzzle box in the shape of a book. So what has the letter E got to do with it? That’s because parts of the letter have to be moved to open the cover (which is the lid). Only 10 moves to open, but some of those moves have to be made together, else it could be frustrating trying to open. Easy to make, since all the moving parts are in the lid. The size of this box is 4-1/2" by 6-1/2" by 2" deep, if you make this from 1/8” (3 mm) wood, and it can even hide a couple of paperbacks. The plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size you wish.
On all six sides of this box, there is an outer panel, with a narrow strip in the middle. This strip is a slider, and is usually the first thing to be moved. This box is different in that sometimes the whole panel has to be moved first, then the slider. And sometimes the whole panel has to be moved up or down and sideways. 22 moves to open the box, and all sides look the same. More than one piece will move at the start, but unless you move the correct piece first, you won't get through the opening sequence. 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, so you can make this at any size.
This one looks faintly like a crown , if a crown was square. Sixteen outer panels to move on the sides to get to the lid. They don’t move in any logical order, so it’s pretty hard to work out which is the next panel to move. I had to follow the solution when making the video... Not too hard to make, although there some precise holes and tongues to cut. The size of this box is 5” by 5” by 5-1/2”, if made from 1/8” wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this at any size.
This is an unusual box in that it uses three different moves: a gravity move, sliding moves and a rotational move. Six outer panels that have to be moved somehow, but at the start, nothing will push, pull or turn. The box has to be stood or held in a certain position to move the first panel. Somewhere along the way, a panel will not push or pull: that one has to be turned. Only eight moves to open the box, but very tricky trying to find that first move. Size of this box is 3" by 3" by 3", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this box at any size. VIDEO
An outer panel on each of the sides, and the long panels have six black cross-sliders. Some of these sliders have to be moved to move the long panel: sometimes two, sometimes just one, but NEVER all three. Some sliders must NOT be moved. So that's six combinations for each long panel, and when they've been moved, the short panels can be moved. But when everything has been moved, how do you actually open the box? This box opens in a way that none of my previous boxes open. Just see the video to find out how. If you know the moves, it could take just 16 moves to open this box: if you don't, it could take 1305 moves... The size of this box is 5-1/2" by 4-1/4" by 3-1/4", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this at any size.
This is another "casket-type" box, but there are no sliders to move about. Instead, there are four flat rings with two pegs on each ring on top of the lid. There are sixteen numbers around the rings, and these rings have to be turned to point to certain numbers in order to open the lid. Since there are sixteen numbers, and four rings, you can see that the combinations are 16 by 16 by 16 by 16-about 65536 combinations. To make it worse, there are two pegs on each ring, and only one peg is the right peg to point to that number. The other peg, even if it's pointing to the right number, won't allow the lid to be opened. So the number of combinations is doubled! There are sixteen rings to cut, so if you're not much good at cutting curves, give this one a miss. The size of this box is 6" by 5" by 3", if cut fronm 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this box at any size.
Based on a Victorian Writing Box, this is a smaller version, with some of my own "additions". It's another "casket-type" puzzle box, where the aim is to remove the lid. There are five decorative small panels around the box that have to be manipulated in order to open the lid. But the panels don't move: they won't push or pull left or right, they don't turn, they won't go in or pull out-they simply will not move at all. Only ten moves to remove the lid, but finding that first move is quite tricky. Not too difficult to make, despite some fairly precise cutting. The size of this box is about 6-1/4" by 4-1/4" by 3-1/4", if made from 1/8" wood, but these plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this box at any size.
Not something you would put plants in, unless you really wanted to. Only another puzzle box, with a window on each side, so you can see right through the whole thing. Despite it's simple appearance, the edges hide a series of narrow, complicated interlocking strips, which all have to be moved to open the box, and there are 26 moves required to remove the lid. This is not an easy box to make, involving a lot of very precise cutting. The ends of the strips are only 1/4" (6 mm) wide, yet they have tongues and notches cut into them... Size of this box is 4-1/4" by 4-1/4" by 4-1/4", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this box at any size.
This is another nice little "Oriental" looking box, with sliders and moving panels. These don't seem to follow any order, but it takes 18 moves to open the lid. Despite it's small size, there is a lot of precise cutting to do: tongues, notches and very small square holes. Do not attempt this if this is your first box... Size of the box is 3-3/4" by 2-3/4" by 3", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which means you can make this at any size.
This box is also available as a kit from: BHPenLaser