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Project by Yuri posted 01-18-2009 08:06 PM 2623 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by Japanese 7 step puzzle box www.puzzleboxworld.com I don’t have suitable stock for this task, so for this first puzzle box I used 1/8 basswood. Clear protective finish was used to make internal wood frame a bit harder and stronger. Box was finished with oak veneer. “Colonial Maple” wood stain was applied before rounding the edges. Dado/grooves were made with 1/16 small straight bit on “miniature” router table (PR20 Bosch trim router).

I re-shape several exacto knifes to make 1/16 size chisel, scrapers, right side small knife. And then, all of that plus 200 grade sandpaper and some epoxy to put pieces together…

Internal frame dado joint:
internal frame dado joint

Top and side removed
Top and side removed

Top and side together:
Top and side together

Spots and stains on the wood are from regular bath soap I used to smooth parts movement :)

-- Live to Learn





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Wingstress

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 08:11 PM

Great Job, I’m surprised we don’t see more of these puzzles on this site. I was thinking about making one. Did you find if fun or more annoying working with such small pieces?

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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ShannonRogers

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 08:48 PM

Really nice job. Ditto to the above comment. I would be curious to see how you worked with such small pieces. It really comes together tightly so you really can’t see how it goes together.

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scottb

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 08:51 PM

great project… do tell! I think there is a bunch of us who really get a kick out of these sorts of projects, and need a little help on the how to, or help bouncing our ideas off each other to make them work inconspicuously.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Kerux

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#4 posted 01-19-2009 06:10 AM

Nice! I’ve seen another guys puzzle box’s ans site… if gives them out for free… the pattern and solution. I’ve not been bold enough to try them.

-- http://caledoniachurchofchrist.yolasite.com/

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#5 posted 01-19-2009 06:16 AM

Great Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Yuri

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#6 posted 01-19-2009 07:13 AM

Thank you for all your comments. My english is not that great to explain everything how I made it but I can try…

-- Live to Learn

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