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My first puzzle box

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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

 

Updates
- 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.
 
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Blue_Puppet3 years ago
Wow. Can't wait to see the finished box and see it in action.
slithien3 years ago
lol on youtube i saw one that has over 300 steps to open!!!
D_zeno (author)  slithien3 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.
twighahn3 years ago
cool
bra20083 years ago
Cool i'm looking forward how it turns out!!! greets Brandon 5 stars for me :P
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