puzzle box

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Project by DalyArcher posted 12-20-2017 12:36 AM 1298 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Christmas, another staff gift exchange. Found a plan for a “Japanese Puzzle Box” in a woodworking magazine, I think it was Woodsmith. Adjusted the measurements for the intended bottle and set to work. A lot of tiny dado’s and tennons. Never done so much work with a 1/8” router bit!

3/8” poplar hit with a quick coat of Colonial Maple stain.

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#1 posted 12-20-2017 04:53 AM

Puzzle box, is it a puzzle to get into. I like making boxes for gifts that is a real puzzle to get into. Fine job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 12-20-2017 05:04 PM

It’s a bit of a puzzle to open Brian. You can see in one of the pics that the sides have a rabbet and a dado, the ends are constructed similarly. You cut a larger rabbet on the bottom of the ends. You must drop one end first which allows the lid to slide back, only one end will drop as the opposite end of the lid has a locking rabbet. slide the lid back 1/4 inch you can then drop the end now free of the locking rabbet and slide the top past the end.

It was a pretty popular piece, being stolen in the exchange several times and folks all examining the construction and having as much a time putting it back together as they had taking it apart. It’s a fun piece to build, though I should have made six of them as it would take just as long to make a half dozen as it did to make one. Most of the time is spent adjusting the fence and bit depth on the router table.

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