Puzzle Box

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Project by jumbojack posted 08-01-2016 10:03 PM 2419 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little puzzle box is cut from resawed 4/4 Padauk I received as a Christmas gift.
The box is from a plan published in Woodsmith Vol. 38 No. 226
The box is nearly 7×4x3.
Most all of the rabbets, grooves dados and stopped dados are done on the router table with a 1/8” up cut bit. #1 The photo shows the innocent looking box at rest. #2 A slide, cut in the lock end of the box, is cut with a 14 degree dovetail bit.The slide has a key glued to it that fits in a recess cut in the box divider essentially locking the box. When the slide is moved it allows the lock end of the box to move down. #3
Then you slide the lid toward the lock end releasing the lid from the dado and locking tenon on the other end. #4
the non locking end then can be slid down allowing the box lid to slide back and off #5 #6 shows the interior and the dividers that are glued to make the box solid.
Lots of precise router table work is required but well worth the efforts
Thanks for looking.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 08-01-2016 10:05 PM

Very nice looking puzzle box. Great wood for it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 08-01-2016 11:08 PM

Well that’s pretty slick! Great job Jack.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 08-01-2016 11:51 PM

Jack, can’t tell from the pictures, do both ends need to be unlocked?
That Padauk sure has some nice color!
I like this and I am going to build one myself, thanks for sharing this.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#4 posted 08-02-2016 12:06 AM

Very cool JJ

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 08-02-2016 12:18 AM

Oldnovice, on the locking end the slide unlocks that end. On the other end the lid has a dado that locks into a Tenon on the non locking end The lid is slid toward the locking end releasing the non locking end from the lid. Then the end can be lowered so the lid can slide off..

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 08-02-2016 04:03 AM

Jumbo, nice job on this. I like the look and I like the way it works.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 08-02-2016 11:10 AM

Jack, that looks like a lot of fun for the maker and the recipient. I may have to try a few. :) Thanks.

-- Art

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Scott Oldre

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#8 posted 08-02-2016 12:43 PM

Very cool. Saw that magazine at Lowes last night, but resisted the urge since I have way too many other unfinished projects to complete first. I love Padauk, but if not treated with the right finish, it slowly turns brown. I have lots of things that were once bright red, but are now brownish.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 08-02-2016 01:24 PM

Scott Oldre, the box has already started to ‘turn’. It is a shame the color does not persist. I could not put too much of a protective finish on the box as it would interfere with the operation. No choice but to let nature take its course. My white tee shirt, the one I was wearing while sanding this project, on the other hand, seems to be permanently stained red.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 08-02-2016 01:47 PM

This is very creative and a nice box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 08-02-2016 11:23 PM

Great box !!!

But I’m still trying to figure out how it works. Must be the heat. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#12 posted 08-02-2016 11:24 PM

Nice box and great looking timber. It’s a shame that over time it will lose it’s modesty and it’s “red” blush.

You’re a tease JJ… we can’t get (haven’t got) Woodsmith Vol. 38 No. 226 here in Australia to get to the plans.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 08-08-2016 06:26 AM

So impressi wood My kid just ask me to make him one.Nice

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 08-16-2016 11:57 PM

great looking box, love the wood… still a little “puzzled” in how the puzzle feature works, but cool build nonetheless…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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