Picture of My first puzzle box

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.
Blue_Puppet4 years ago
Wow. Can't wait to see the finished box and see it in action.
slithien5 years ago
lol on youtube i saw one that has over 300 steps to open!!!
D_zeno (author)  slithien5 years ago
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.
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.
I like your ideas for keyways....mine are a bit different for yours, i find other people's interpretations of everything very interesting.
twighahn4 years ago
bra20085 years ago
Cool i'm looking forward how it turns out!!! greets Brandon 5 stars for me :P