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Project by rwyoung posted 08-07-2010 11:30 PM 4639 views 19 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Too hot to work on big projects so I puttered around and came up with this. Found the idea in a book and copied it down into my little notebook of “neat things to make”.

The four puzzle pieces are too wide and too tall to fit completely inside the box unless you arrange them just right. The pieces are quartersawn white oak veneer on plywood (hot hide glue and hammer veneered). The box is more quartersawn white oak with walnut splines.

The key is getting the puzzle pieces the right size and the inside the the box just the right size.

Too hot now to work on a lid but later tonight when it cools down again.

The finish on the box and pieces is shellac (amber), three coats sanded to 600. Then paste wax. Nice and slickerly feeling.

In the second picture, the puzzle piece on top of the box is bloodwood veneer on plywood. That is one of a second set of pieces I’m working on. The bloodwood looks great with shellac and wax.

p.s. Cooled down enough to make the lid. It has two extra layers so it fits the inside of the box and the very center layer prevents the lid from closing unless all the pieces are in the right place. The last picture illustrates what is NOT a solution to the puzzle. :)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 11:38 PM

Very Nice!!! I like It.
I can`t think of a better way to spend a hot day.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 08-08-2010 01:00 AM

Oh I love puzzles and this one looks fantastic! I would love for you to post your plans for this if you didn’t mind (or even more pics so I can figure it out myself). I’m considering getting into puzzle making for a booth at a local yearly festival.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 01:17 AM

This puzzle may be copyrighted by its inventor, Hirokazu Iwasawa, I don’t know. For personal use there seems to be no issue since the dimensions were published in a book by Allan J. Boardman (Puzzle Projects for Woodworkers). I got a copy through inter-library loan and made my notes.

It takes some tuning up to get everything to fit.

H.I.'s web page

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#4 posted 08-08-2010 04:57 AM

Great puzzle for my g-kids ;-)) Thx, Nice woork.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 08-08-2010 08:44 PM

RW… way cool my friend. Thanks for providing a link to the puzzle plans for us to play.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 12:52 AM

‘Rat – Since this is a copyrighted puzzle I’m not sure I have the right to directly publish the plans. It was written up as part of “Puzzle Projects for Woodworkers” by Allan J. Boardman. I got a copy on loan through the interlibrary-loan system and made my notes. I made enough notes from this book that I may start prowling AbeBooks / Amazon for a used copy. Its amazing how many books I can find that way for pennies on the dollar. :)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 12:59 AM

real cool! I love those type of puzzles.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 08:51 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 01-01-2011 06:15 PM

now thats a cool little puzzle box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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