This will make you scratch your head!

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Project by ruddy posted 10-19-2015 03:58 AM 2614 views 20 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every now and then you see something and say…...I would like to make that and before you know it you are in too far to stop! This was one of those projects.
This puzzle box is a design from a young guy in The Netherlands and the plans are available from his website and they are very well prepared.It is a challenge to make as it requires some accuracy in the making and plenty of patience to get all the parts sliding correctly.
The puzzle requires 65 moves to open (or close) the box and these must be done in the correct sequence. It uses a combination of sliders that allow the centre discs to be rotated to allow the next slider to be moved. What could be simpler than that?
The box was constructed from an Australian hardwood…..the main box is from Sydney Blue Gum that was machined to 5 mm thick. The sliders are Huon pine and the corners are made from some Blackwood that had a birds eye pattern throughout.
I have added the corners to give the box some bling and to hide the screws that were used in the assembly.
The plans are available here.
There is also a You tube video from the original designer here.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 10-19-2015 04:38 AM

That is just plain cool.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 10-19-2015 04:48 AM

Indeed to scratch a head.Very impressive box design. Some video presentation would be priceless.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 10-19-2015 05:18 AM

Very cool and an impressive build. Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 10-19-2015 06:09 AM

I like puzzles and this one is too good to ignore!
I am adding this to my favorites.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 10-19-2015 08:34 AM

And I thought the Rubuic Cube was hard

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 10-19-2015 10:46 AM

Nice!! I love these puzzles even if I was never able to solve one, I’m just not that into things that makes me think… :) Thank you for sharing!!

-- Well, what can I tell you? Life in the wide world goes on much as if it has past age. Full of its own comings and goings, scarcely even aware of the existence of Hobbits...

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#7 posted 10-19-2015 01:17 PM

oof da !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#8 posted 10-19-2015 02:42 PM

This would really make you want to scratch your head!! Excellent piece of work, as always.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#9 posted 10-19-2015 05:09 PM

Who has a brain that works like that

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#10 posted 10-19-2015 05:45 PM

This will surely make a fine conversation piece. It’s the kind of thing that I would like to make but don’t have the time.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 10-19-2015 07:53 PM

IF I could actually make one, I’d never be able to remember 65 moves in sequence to open it…

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#12 posted 10-20-2015 01:09 AM

Looks cool and certainly would make me scratch something while I was trying to figure out the combination .
Thanks for the tease !


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 10-20-2015 02:20 PM

Yes! Head scratching box.
I will keep scratching until I see a video of how it gets opened.

-- shuja

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#14 posted 10-28-2015 12:54 PM

Yes for sure. I’m scratchin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 01-21-2016 02:27 AM

Beautiful work Ian, this is so intricate and must have been so difficult to achieve. My hat’s off to you.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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