After long time finally I made another puzzle box. Some time ago I watched a video about an antique Chinese puzzle box. There is a sweet competition between China and Japan. I like this. Chinese has tangram and Japans has Japanese tangram. Japans has Japanese puzzle boxes and Chinese has Chinese puzzle box. The mechanism of this Chinese box was very nice and I decided to make one. I made some changes and the result is this box. The name of this box is dragon box. I am planing to make a dragon ornament to side panels in next days with wood burning. Here my video about this box.
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)
According to my blog stats a lot of people want make puzzle boxes but most of them search easy to make puzzle boxes. Unfortunately, puzzle boxes have some mechanisms and they aren’t easy to make. Most of the puzzle boxes require very precise wood work. I designed this box a few days ago. I am inspired from an antique wooden rattle and a Chinese puzzle. My aim was designing an easy to make puzzle box. I made this box in my workshop in half day. This is a very easy to make puzzle box. Opening mechanism is very simple but confusing for a lot of people. This box has 6 removable panel.
I think everything is visible from photo. One of the pieces is removable Three small wooden pin and two small but very strong magnet keep in it’s place this removable piece. My box outside dimensions are 100x100x100 mm and inside is 70x70x70 mm. There is a lot of space inside. For panels I used 5 mm olive and end pieces are made from 10×10 mm mahogany. You can make ornaments on panels or fake buttons etc for a more confusing box.
Another small matchbox safe from my workshop. This puzzle box is very similar to my “Cargo boat” puzzle box. I started both of them in same time. But the mechanism of this box is slightly different from other. This box looks like a child toy but I made this box as a matchbox safe. It’s possible also to put inside some small jewelry items like rings or earrings. If you want a bigger box, you can upscale this one.
In 21 th century inspiration comes sometimes with google image search. Before 1-2 months ago I was looking for a wooden olive oil press for making a small scale model in a bottle. I saw an antique book press sold in an auction. The drawer of the book press inspired me for designing this book press puzzle.
I call this puzzle “The secret of binders”. Because I have a story about a binding master of the royal library that build this press with a secret drawer for protecting his golden sheets used for book ornaments. I like puzzles with stories like Sam Loyd puzzles.
If you don’t say anything, this puzzle looks like a small scale model. After learning it’s very easy to guess where is the secret box. But finding how to open it isn’t so easy. For opening the box you must solve three different puzzles. Puzzles aren’t difficult to solve for puzzle enthusiasts but there are some nice surprises and also there are some wrong road signs for solution.
This puzzle is a small size model of the original. The overall dimension are about 92x170x250 mm. For me, finding the right material for puzzle craft is more difficult than all puzzles. I designed this puzzles according to my materials and made some small changes according to my workshop capabilities. The most difficult challenge was finding a small knob for drawer. I used mahogany and beech. For the book cover I used padauk. And in the inside of the book I used olive. Olive texture looks like a real old paper.My blog followers know the source of olive and padauk from my old projects.
If you like to play with this puzzle you must make one copy for you. If you like make your own book press puzzle you can download this free PDf files including building plans, drawings and craft tips. This files include also a lot of photo.