This is my small Japanese puzzle box. A lot of people look for Japanese puzzle box plans with detailed instructions. Unfortunately Japanese puzzle boxes aren’t beginner projects. All of them are difficult to make because they require a precise work and they have a lot of parts. This box is one of the most simple Japanese puzzle box. For this reason I decided to prepare a document with plans and instructions.
This puzzle box has four removable sliding panel and a box frame. Box frame contains box compartment and top, bottom pieces. You can open or close the box by moving each panel one by one in turn. According to computer analysis this box opens with 10 -12 move but after 8 move this box became open. I prepared my document for a 12Tx12Tx12T box. All dimensions are according to material thickness. If you use a 5 mm thick wood you will obtain a 60x60x60 mm box. If you want you can change dimensions of this box and make some rectangular box for dimensions that you wish. If you want make your own puzzle box you can preview or download free PDF file with plans and instructions from here (1,2 MB on box.com secure server)
This puzzle is designed by Stewart Coffin too. The aim of this puzzle also moving one of the beads to the other loop and putting two beads on same loop.This puzzle is a more complex version of “Sleeper stopper“. Rope arrangement is visible from photo but you can find also this puzzle in his 1985 edition puzzle craft book. Both end of the rope are fixed to the wooden block. For this you must drill a small hole according to your rope dimension and glue the rope ends into this hole. I made this puzzle from 20×20 mm ready stock. Wooden part dimensions 20x20x100 mm and rope hole is 10 mm. I advise making wooden block larger and holes bigger than mine. 20x40x100 mm wooden block and 20 mm holes may be a better dimension. Wooden beads are from a craft store. I decorated wooden block by painting with acrylic paint. I rounded corners of wooden block by sanding. You can see original puzzle made by Stewart Coffin from here. This puzzle also looks impossible to solve.
This puzzle is designed by Stewart Coffin. The aim of this puzzle moving one of the beads to the other loop and putting two beads on same loop This puzzle is vertical arrangement of “African ball puzzle”. Rope arrangement is visible from photo but you can find also this puzzle in his 1985 edition puzzle craft book. Both end of the rope are fixed to the wooden block. For this you must drill a small hole according to your rope dimension and glue the rope ends into this hole. I made this puzzle from 20×20 mm ready stock. Wooden part dimensions 20x20x80 mm and rope hole is 10 mm. Wooden beads are from a craft store. I decorated wooden block by painting with acrylic paint. I rounded corners of wooden block by sanding. You can see solution from here. I like this puzzle because it looks as impossible to solve.
This puzzle is one of my old puzzle designs and craft. I made this puzzle long time ago from Jenga parts. I was found some small Chinese Jenga sets for a very low price. You can make this puzzle very easily with a hand saw by cutting and gluing Jenga pieces. If you want you can make also a better copy by using ready stocks. I painted puzzle pieces with acrylic paint. I am sure you can paint also better than me. Puzzle pieces are here,
This is a well known 3 pieces wooden puzzle. This puzzle was published in a article by Jerry Slocum. Unfortunately this puzzle was difficult to make. Because most of the dimensions are related with material thickness and if you don’t have a thickness planer finding the right material was difficult. I decided to make a parametric design according to material thickness.
You can calculate your dimensions easily according to your material. I made mine from pine but I advise using a hard wood between 18 – 25 mm. (3/4 ” – 1″). You can cut holes easily with a scroll saw or a hand jewelry saw. If you want you can make pieces longer or you can change their end shape. You can make rounded ends etc. This puzzle isn’t very difficult to solve but push you to think, for this reason I like this puzzle.