Cherry/Walnut Box Puzzle

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Project by Eric Teitelbaum posted 09-11-2012 06:05 PM 2214 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first attempt at creating a brainteaser out of wood. Following a less than instructive plan from a puzzle book I picked up on Amazon, I tuned a 60 year old dado setup on an even older Radial Arm Saw, turned some errors into aesthetic elements, and created a functional puzzle! The book did a good job showing precisely where to notch in 3/8” increments, however interms of gluing the pieces to the edge boards, there is a lot of guesswork involved.

I plan to make two more, one without the concealing sides since this is actually harder to take apart, and another with sides that will fit together ore snuggly with less wiggle room. Even with jigs for the radial arm saw and drill press, the slightest inadvertent bump spelled disaster in the form of snug or misaligned parts. And when sanding to realign, the slightest bit of wood removed seemed to add at least 1/16” of play.

Overall a cool project!

-- Eric, NJ,

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 06:26 PM

I like it. Nice work.

-- 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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#2 posted 09-11-2012 06:58 PM

The puzzle box looks really cool!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 09-12-2012 09:53 AM

I have one of those puzzles that I made years ago, but I would never have thought of putting it in a box. What an intersting idea!

You made a good good job of it. I remember the difficulty I had getting mine right. You’re so right when you say that the slightest imprecision causes trouble – it turns out loose and wobbly.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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