The idea

So a little while ago I was searching the internet for secret compartments and then found these awesome boxes called puzzle boxes. I directly wanted to design one by myself and make it. But i hadn't had a clue about how to do it. So I did some research. And as I found out there was like only one webpage where i could find any detailed plans. here's the link http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bruce.viney/plans.html. But as I find out theplans for puzzle boxes that had more moves also costed some money. and there wasn't any guide on the internet explaining the basics and concepts of these boxes.

I knew already a few things puzzle boxes have there sides made out of layers and i found out that by using a pin and making some kind of maze (also called keyways) you could make a lock.
If you want to have side that slide off you need 3 layers.
front view
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or this works as well (not as handy as the one above I think)

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But normally locking layers (I call them that) have more layers like 4 or 5

So then  I knew enough and started designing my own puzzle box. It has only 1 locking side because that was much easier for to design especially it was my first one ever.
I based my design on one of the puzzle oxes I had seen on youtube called: "The De Vincy Box". The cool thing was that it had rotating wheels on it.
Here is a slide show of the puzzle box from flat wood to its creation:

Here is the slide show link to see my puzzle box.Still have to varnish it.

Video of my first puzzle box


- Started building it
- Started designing tools, tips, etc
- Started last word from author (me)
- Added picture of my tools
- Added link to slideshow (WIP)
- Added some simple puzzle box building plans
- Added a video of my first puzlle box
- Finished the slideshow
- Added building plans for the turn and slide
- Added more instructions about how the "turn and slide" works, in innovative tricks
Since I'm new to this myself I'll try to regurly update this when I find out new stuff. As well any tips that are given by other people.

If you like my work, please vote for it in the Woodworking Competition beginning October 3rd.

Step 1: The basics

Tools and materials
So what you basically need are wood, a saw and some sanding paper.

As I already told before puzzle boxes are made out of layers this is what  makes it hard to design them. If you start designing puzzle boxes for the first time I recommend you use only one locking side (I'll explain what that is in step 3). Normally you use like 4 or five layers and 1 off them is glued to the rest of the box, normally the last one. This locking side should normally not come of the box (nor be able to), what this side does is preventing 1, more or all layers of your lid to move, in that way your lid can't move and can't come off. By moving this layer the right way it wil move far enough down ( if your lid is on top) so you can slide of the lid.
Also on the locking side you ussualy use a slide to move to the right and left and the whole side (except the glued layer) moves up and down.
links to some videos of puzzle boxes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baN_o6iq-U4  I like this one has some innovative tricks.
In 3th step I'll go into greater depth of this and upload some pictures.

This is you're actual lock, the solution for it is like the key (of a real lock) and the keyway is like the inside of a lock.

1+ locking sides
This means you have several side with keyways or other clever tricks that you have to aply to a side to solve it. These boxes are rather difficult to design I would recommend Using 3D software.

Progressive and Dead ends
What does this mean? well in some puzzle boxes every next move is correct these are called progressive puzzle boxes. But in others you can have puzzle boxes wich have moves that lead to a dead end. Normally these are a lot harder to open if you don't know the solution and can be a real pain in the ass.

Be innovative
Use smart tricks and new ways to make the puzzle lock, be example use rotating wheels like I did, use cold, use other kind of shape so not only use squares and rectangle, use magnets, etc.
So what I want to say is think outside the box, if you think you're already able to think outside the box solve the next riddle.
click here for the solution
i'm currently making a 40+ move box with sliders on all six sides, and it's about 4 1/2 inches square. Oh and i'm making it up as i go along.<br>I like your ideas for keyways....mine are a bit different for yours, i find other people's interpretations of everything very interesting.
<p>Did you ever post a video of your puzzle cube?</p>
Wow. Can't wait to see the finished box and see it in action. <br>
lol on youtube i saw one that has over 300 steps to open!!!
Yeah I know, I've seen it as well (324 moves). It uses metal parts to make it strong enough if I'm correct and all 6 panels could move. If you'll be able to design something like that there almost isn't a thing you can't design :)
Ah yes. The super cubi. i know where to order one, if anybody'd care to get one. I don't feel like paying hundreds for it, it is amazing though.
Cool i'm looking forward how it turns out!!! greets Brandon 5 stars for me :P

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