Bandsaw Puzzle Box

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 12-02-2010 03:34 AM 9728 views 15 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a puzzle box for a gift exchange at her office. I had a block of mahogany just waiting to fulfill its dream of becoming a puzzle box. The curve in the top was already there; I liked it, so I kept it. The box has three keys, three lids and three compartments. One compartment is just a empty compartment. Another is has a lift out box with a dovetail lid. The third compartment has a lift out box with drawer.

It measures 9.5 L X 3.5 D X 4 H(highest point). The finish is Watco Danish Oil.

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 03:42 AM

Very clever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-02-2010 04:39 AM

Now that is one cool bandsaw box!

Thanks for showing us the various deconstructed stages as well.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 12-02-2010 04:51 AM

That turned out quite nice. Did you use a bandsaw or scroll saw? If bandsaw, you must have used a very narrow blade to make some of those turns. Impressive work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 12-02-2010 04:51 AM

Very nicely done. I am sure someone will be very pleased to get it. Thanks ffor posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 12-02-2010 04:55 AM

that is SWEET!

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#6 posted 12-02-2010 06:01 AM

How fun!

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#7 posted 12-02-2010 06:03 AM

Oops, ignore my last question… didn’t see the title lol. Bandsaw, it is :). I’ll have to try making one of these now.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 12-02-2010 06:43 AM

Wow- that is great.
How bout a blog on how you made it. Love to see how it is all made up. Is it easy, it looks pretty fiddly tho.

-- Theresa,

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#9 posted 12-02-2010 06:51 AM

What a gem Russ. Beautifully done…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 12-02-2010 01:30 PM

I’m with TJ – how about a blog? This is a great piece and I’m sure many of us wold enjoy making one of these!

Thanks for posting this!


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#11 posted 12-02-2010 03:05 PM

This is really a great box. You have some really tight curves in there. Nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 12-02-2010 03:49 PM

Thanks Lumberjocks.

I’m glad you enjoyed it. I had fun making it. It’s gidgety and gadgety, and it has a quirky sense of the mysterious about it. There’s also some flexibility to it that can make it a bit less impregnable – fully assembled, seven pieces must be removed to get inside. The keys can be left out so it’s simpler to get at the stored treasure. The inner boxes can be set aside so the hidden secrets are more in plain view and less, um, hidden, and, ah, less secret.

bobasaurus, I used an 1/8” blade(14 TPI) on a 14” Ridgid bandsaw. I don’t know what species of mahogany it is, but the stuff cut really easily. I had very few burn marks to sand out. I don’t have any fancy stabilizers on the saw, just the factory set of guide blocks. So, I just apply a generous portion of patience and an even more generous portion of concentration.

TJ65, the blog idea is a good idea. I live in Lansing, Michigan and my garage is unheated so I work in accordance with the whims of the weather. I cut this box out on a balmy 42 degree day earlier this week, but by the time I got to where I could glue up the pieces, it was 29 degrees, nearing the freezing point of the glue. So, I has to move it inside. The blog would be a useful wood-related thing that wouldn’t require my glue – or me – to freeze up.

Thanks again all you wood wranglers.

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#13 posted 12-02-2010 04:19 PM

That’s awesome.

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#14 posted 12-02-2010 04:29 PM

Super job, I vote for the blog too! Thanks for posting

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#15 posted 12-02-2010 04:51 PM

Great job, you have a very vivid imagination with a great deal of skill helping it along. I can see that a project
like this would mean you had patience, were quickly learning patience, or would see an immense increase
in colorful monologues. With your wonderful pictures, I can see how it came apart and how it would go
together, but I think it is going to take me quite a few hours at the bandsaw to learn to make a project
like this. Do you have any other items like this we could talk you into sharing. Thank you for sharing this.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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