Magic Drawers Puzzle

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Introduction: Magic Drawers Puzzle

About: I like to design and build random things.

This is my take on the classic Magic Drawers Puzzle. The goal is to remove the pieces from the box. The more challenging task is to put the parts back into the box. The version presented is 3D printed (files included at the end) but most versions are larger in size and made from wood. Being 3D printed, the tolerances are tight compared to the wood versions so that makes the solution more challenging. This video shows the solution. Skip if you want to try to solve on your own.

Supplies

  • PLA Filament (2 Colors)
  • Super Glue

Step 1: Parts

The parts are color-coded to help with describing the solution. The dimensions shown are in inches.

Step 2: Box Parts

To ease with 3D printing, I broke the box into two pieces. Pins were added for alignment.

Step 3: Parts

You will need to print one of each of the four parts shown here. This step also shows the overall dimensions of Part 1.

Step 4: Finished Printing

At this point, you should have these six parts printed.

Step 5: Box Build

Use super glue to attach the box together. Note the opening sizes are only slightly larger than the parts.

Step 6: Solution

It's hard to explain the solution in pictures but I'm going to try to give you a start. Place Parts 1 & 3 together as shown. Next, place Parts 2 & 4 together. Now place group 1/3 on top of group 2/4. If you built everything correctly, the stack-up should look like the picture shown. This stack-up needs to fit in the box. However, as you quickly notice, you can't do it with the pieces grouped together. At this point, I suggest playing with the puzzle to understand how it works. Now try to place the parts in the box. If you can't figure it out, refer to the video in the intro.

Step 7: 3D Print Files

All parts were printed in PLA with 50% infill. No support structure is needed.

Step 8: Pictures

I printed two puzzles with two colors (copper and silver). I'm very happy with the fit and feel of the puzzle.

Step 9: More Pictures

It snowed today :). Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for viewing.

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    10 Comments

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    JonathonT
    JonathonT

    1 year ago

    This puzzle is awesome! Way to go! I’m always looking on Thingiverse for puzzles like this to print. Have you posted the STL files there too?

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    mtairymd
    mtairymd

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks. Yes, I post to multiple CAD sites (GrabCAD, Thingiverse, etc.) but place most of the documentation/instructions on Instructables. Check my Instructables profile for many more.

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    Ohhhh this one is awesome! The colors of the prints are great, too :D

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    mtairymd
    mtairymd

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks. I bought a three-pack of colors (gold, silver, and copper). They actually look like metal from a distance :).

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    build it code it use it
    build it code it use it

    Reply 1 year ago

    I have a black PLA filiment and I don't think that will look that good.

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    1 year ago

    Thos pics with the trees out of focus look great!

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    mtairymd
    mtairymd

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks. I've ditched the DSLR and gone strickly to my phone for pictures.

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 1 year ago

    Same here! As long as there's adequate lighting, my phone pics can look as good as my DSLR (Nikon D3000).

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 1 year ago

    Perhaps it's ironic that that's what caught my attention.

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    mtairymd
    mtairymd

    Reply 1 year ago

    I don't blame you. Snow on trees does look nice.