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OK. There really isn't any puzzle to opening this box. I had a friend who wanted a box to store a deck of collectible cards for him. This was my first try. It turned out to be too narrow for the cards in question but was a fun experiment. The center is empty to hold whatever you can fit past the narrow puzzle ends. It is open on both ends when the ends are removed.

I had a hunk of Padauk that I wanted to use. The first step was to make the puzzle ends. I used the band saw for that. Then I cut off the front and back of the body. The tricky part was cutting out the center of the piece that was left while leaving the ends intact enough to still act as the mating sides for the puzzle ends.

I have made several puzzle hearts using sliding puzzle pieces and this was somewhat of an extension from that. I'll make a new heart and post it here on LJs in the near future.

The Padauk was finished with gloss polyurethane after a coat of natural stain. The box is about 7" wide 1 1/2" tall and 3" deep.

Thanks for taking a look.

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How cool is this? Your boxes are very imressive, you do some of the best on LJ's
 

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Real cool man way out there nice.
 

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The things the creative mind will come up with is amazing, Excellent box
 

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wow !
a secret compartment ,
in plain sight !
nice .
 

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Real cool Charles. I'm still a little new here so forgive my ignorance. What's "natural stain"? I actually really like the stain and finish prosses. That looks beautiful! Very nice work.
 

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Pretty cool, I would never have come up with that.
 

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Padauk woot woot love this wood
 

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Chicken,

By natural stain I mean I take Minwax Natural stain and give it one coat. I flodd the surface and then rub it all down and remove what wells up every 5 minute or so for the next 45 minutes or so. Once that is dry I move onto the layers of polyurethane.
 
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