12 step puzzlebox

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Project by Yuri posted 1792 days ago 3459 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another 2” x 2” x 2” Japanese 12 step puzzle box made from oak with additional secret compartment on the bottom. Third picture shows “key grove”, by making more turns it’s quite easy to increase steps of the puzzle. I used same methods as here Two sides are 1/4” thick. All others are glued in opposite direction 1/8” thick (was quite a waste to use hand planer to make 1/8 from 1/4). Finished with Clapham’s beeswax polish.

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#1 posted 1792 days ago

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 1792 days ago

Very cool.

I will have to add one of those to my to do list.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 1792 days ago

Well blow me down..fantastic..kinda get the idea but will have to favourite this and give it more thought,.

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#4 posted 1791 days ago

nice one – thanks for posting the different shots of it -I was always curious how those work, but with so many things going on never went as far as trying to find plans and explanations – I figured my ‘to-do’ list is already too long – and if I’ll know how to make these, it’ll just postpone everything else on the list… lol

very cool indeed!

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#5 posted 1791 days ago

devious mind for sure ,
but i know the level of detail is demanding .
very nice !

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#6 posted 1791 days ago

Great box. I love these things. I can’t seem to find any good plans. I also really like the puzzles like the one Junji posted last week..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 1791 days ago

Cool box. Are plans for these easy to find? I would love to try one.

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#8 posted 1791 days ago

Wow, wow, and wow! I’m sure it would be as frustrating as he## but lots of fun to figure out.

Well done!

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#9 posted 1791 days ago

Very nicely done! I’d love to do this type of thing – but I don’t have enough patience…yet. I’m working on it.

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#10 posted 1267 days ago

That is one clever box.

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