Intro: Chocolate Box Puzzle
This is a fun and easy project to make. The goal is to fit the blocks of "chocolate" into the box. Compared to my other puzzles, I would rate the difficulty of this puzzle as a 2 out 5.
Below is a quick video of the solution.
I felt like this version was pretty easy to make but if you are not up to it, feel to purchase a similar version from online.
Step 1: Tools/Materials
- Table Saw
- Router Table
- Router Bit (1/4" V)
- Forstner Bit (1" Diameter)
- Wood Clamps
- Wood - 5.5" x 24" x 5/16" thick
- Wood Glue
- Paint/Stain (optional)
Step 2: Box
The box is used to house the chocolate pieces. The build is pretty straightforward.
Step 3: Floor
Cut the floor of the box to the dimensions shown.
Step 4: Box Front/Back
Cut to the size shown.
Step 5: Box Sides
The sides have finger grabs. The final dimensions are shown. I found it easier to cut a wide piece and drill the hole in the center. I then used a table saw to cut the part into two pieces.
Step 6: Assemble Box
Use wood glue and clamps to attach the sides to the floor.
Step 7: Puzzle Pieces
The parts will fit in the box as shown.
Step 8: Blocks
You will be building to these dimensions. The following quantities (numbers represent blocks of chocolate) are required:
- 2x5 (x1)
- 2x3 (x2)
- 2x2 (x1)
- 2x1 (x2)
- 1x3 (x2)
- 1x2 (x2)
Step 9: Notches
I used a V shaped 1/4" router bit to cut the notches for the blocks.
Step 10: Blocks
A table saw was used to cut the individual blocks once the notches were included. At this point, you might want to consider painting or staining the pieces. I used a walnut stain for mine.
Step 11: Block Assemblies
You will need to make these 3 assemblies from the blocks.
Step 12: Glue
I used wood glue and clamps for the joints.
Step 13: Ready to Solve
The puzzle is handed to your test subject in this manner.
Step 14: Final Pictures
The wood cost was about $2 and it took about 3 hours to make. Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Step 15: Stop Motion of Solution
Ok, I was bored. Here is a quick stop-motion of the solution.
Thanks for viewing!