Instructables

My Puzzle Box (The Unabox Project)

video 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:
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Enigma-Puzzle-Box/


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

http://www.flickr.com//photos/14462918@N03/sets/72157627730426031/show/
TheNetwerk2 years ago
You should write up an instructable for this rather than just have it be an ad for Make.

It looks really neat and I'd love to make it :)
TXTCLA55 (author)  TheNetwerk2 years ago
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.

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.

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.

-TXTCLA55
r3nrut3 years ago
Nice job!
TXTCLA55 (author)  r3nrut2 years ago
Thank you!
mtairymd made it!5 months ago

Thanks for video. My son and I built a version with a few modifications. If anyone is interested, I included a full drawing (PDF file) for the modified version in the video description - search "simplified unabox" in youtube. Note that the drawing units are in inches verses millimeters shown in Make Magazine.

IMG_3599.JPGunabox.gif
"compound bevel cut" you mean a dovetail?
TXTCLA55 (author)  virtualnoodles2 years ago
Yes, and no. The compound bevel cut is what the dove tail fits into. Essentially they form a lock and key.

\_/ = Compound Bevel Cut
/--\ = Dove Tail.

I hope that helps, let me know if you require some more info, and I will see what I can do.

~TXTCLA55