My Puzzle Box (The Unabox Project)

Heres a project I made from Make Magazine. The original plans can be a bit hard for the beginner so I modified the plans and created a box that still preforms just as good as the original. To open the box one must preform the following:

- Remove the locking pin (hold piece 1 and 2 in place).
- Slide piece 1 to the right (this allows piece 2 to move also).
- Piece 2 features a compound bevel cut that secures it to the box; the only way it will move to the right is if piece 1 has moved. 
-Move piece 2 to the right and the top can now be removed.
-To close the box simply follow the steps backwards.

The box is fairly good at keeping shut, but I used pine wood so it can break is theres enough force. If your more experienced I suggest you build yours out of oak or maple for a stronger box. For a better description on the box read Make Magazine volume 20 on page 65, or watch my video below.

If you like the Unabox Puzzle Box; you should check out my Enigma Puzzle box here:

EDIT/UPDATE!: Scans from the article are now available! Click the link to view/download via Flickr.

You should write up an instructable for this rather than just have it be an ad for Make.<br><br>It looks really neat and I'd love to make it :)
TheNetwerk, Believe me I'd love to. However I made this project over the course of two weeks in tech class with my very professional teacher. <br><br>The original instructions from make say to use oak instead of pine, and the locking mechanism in mine is simpler then the one in the article. <br><br>I guess it is logical that this project looks like a ad, after all I am taking Creative Advertising now. Give me a two days and I'll scan in the Make magazine article so you can get a better idea. <br><br>-TXTCLA55
Nice job!
Thank you!
<p>Nice job. Here is my version</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Puzzle-Box-Unabox/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Puzzle-Box-Unabox/</a></p>
&quot;compound bevel cut&quot; you mean a dovetail?
Yes, and no. The compound bevel cut is what the dove tail fits into. Essentially they form a lock and key. <br><br>\_/ = Compound Bevel Cut<br>/--\ = Dove Tail. <br><br>I hope that helps, let me know if you require some more info, and I will see what I can do. <br><br>~TXTCLA55

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