Introduction: The Tudor Rose Box Assembly Instructions

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One of my most popular designs. I call it the Tudor Rose box. I have tried to create an effect of heavy wood carving that was popular during the Tudor period.

The box also has a secret lock - slide the front panel to the right and the box unlocks - close the lid and slide the panel back again and it locks. I'm not going to describe the mechanism because examination of the parts should make it pretty obvious:-)

The examples were printed on my Ordbot using 1.75 PLA filament. Layer height is .2. Infill is 15%

I recommend printing this box with an opaque filament for the best effect. The STLs are in the correct orientation to print correctly.

It is very important that you ensure the correct diameter for the filament you are using is set up in your printing profile, otherwise you are going to run into trouble; parts for this model must fit together and over-extrusion will prevent this. This is particularly relevant for the hinge which prints as one piece - too much filament and it will weld together.

I also recommend that you print the roses at a very high infill for the best effect. I have included an additional STL for the rose which should slice much better than the original. I recommend you use this file. Some slicers were having problems with the vines which were very thin and missing them out. I have uploaded two additional version of the box body and the front slider panel which have thicker vines.

box_body_thicker_vines.stl front_slider_panel_thicker_vines.stl

The STLs are hosted in the following locations:

This box is my most popular model on Thingiverse and was featured on the front page on the first week of August 2014.

Step 1: Parts and Materials

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You will need the following:

Printed components

1 x panel_hinge.stl*
1 x base.stl
1 x box_body.stl or box_body_thicker_vines.stl(recommended)
1 X lid.stl 1 X catch.stl
1 X front_slider_panel.stl or front_slider_panel_thicker_vines.stl(recommended)
4 x tudor_rose.stl or tudor_rose_better_slice.stl (recommended)

*When you remove the hinge from the print bed, gently work it back and forth to enable movement. However, it is designed to hold the lid open, so will not move all the way back. Please see pictures.


Plastic glue (please read and follow the manufacturer's drying times)

Step 2: Fix the Roses to the Box

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Glue a rose in place in each allotted space on each side of the box body. Use the flat place holders on each side (shaped as an outline of a rose) as a guide.

Allow to dry.

Step 3: Fix the Rose to the Front Slider Panel

Glue remaining rose to front of front slider panel using the place holder as a guide.

Allow to dry.

Step 4: Attach Catch to Front Slider Panel

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Glue catch in slot on the back of front slider panel as shown. It is very important this is fixed in the correct direction or the lock won't work.

Allow to dry.

Step 5: Attach Hinge to Lid

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Glue top of hinge into slot on lid. Be sure not to glue the part of the hinge which needs to move:-)

Allow to dry.

Step 6: Attach Hinge and Lid to Box

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Glue the lower part of the hinge by sliding it in the slot on the back of the box.

Allow to dry.

Step 7: Install Front Panel in Box

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Fit the front panel by sliding into the gap at the front of the box. It should fit flush and be able to slide

Step 8: Fit the Base

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Fit the base. The base will keep the front panel in place. It should fit snug and not require gluing, but if you wish to, only glue the back and two side edges omitting the front panel which needs to slide.The base fits with the largest distance to the edge at the front (this allows room for the sliding panel.


loki8121 (author)2017-11-14

Very nice print. thank you so much. cant wait till I get more wood Filament to try it with that.. Will post pics when done

mrjoeyman made it! (author)2017-03-25

This was an awesome print thanks!

Sergio A.V (author)2017-02-14

Hola Mundo!! Loubie muchas gracias por tu aporte!!! es un trabajo muy bueno que forma parte del mundo open!!!

JonV6 (author)2015-09-09


This is really cool. I especially love the hinge. I was able to print all the parts at once on my printer in about 10 hours. My coworkers (a bunch of software engineers) were very impressed by the clever design.

Thanks for sharing,


Loubie3D (author)JonV62015-09-09

That's great - you should post some pictures somewhere. I 'd love to see them.

Thanks for the feedback.

JonV6 made it! (author)Loubie3D2015-09-10

Weird, it wouldn't let me do this from my PC, but my iPad does. Here's the photo:

AndrejB11 (author)JonV62017-01-20

Try wood filament... it looks fantastic! :)

Loubie3D (author)JonV62015-09-10

That's awesome:-) Thanks for sharing.

JonV6 made it! (author)Loubie3D2015-09-11

Here's where I printed an entire box at once. This box is just so cool.

Loubie3D (author)JonV62015-09-11

:-) If you decide to print another of these, a Thingiverse user designed a really nice cover for the top:

JonV6 (author)Loubie3D2015-09-11

I'd found that before, but lost it, thanks for pointing it out. I've since learned to "like" everything I like. Duh. I'll print another box when I get some more black PLA and use the new lid top.

p40whk (author)2015-12-10

What are the interior dimensions printed at 100%?

EricTheTechShopMan (author)2015-08-12

Wow, super cool, but just wondering how long did it take to print that :)

With a layer height of .2mm and an infill of 15% (which the two boxes above were printed at except for the roses which I printed with a higher infill) the whole thing probably took about 12 hours.

Glad you like it: and thank you for your feedback:-)

amberrayh (author)2015-07-27

Wow, this is very beautiful! It's hard to believe that it is 3D printed. Thank you for sharing!

Loubie3D (author)amberrayh2015-07-27

Thank you very much. It's not that hard to print either:-)

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