Puzzle Box

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Project by PaulLL posted 09-29-2013 06:10 AM 3025 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a puzzle box, made from cherry and walnut. I made it for a family friends 65th birthday, complete with a small ding on the side of the lid, thanks to my damn butter fingers once it was all complete! Its tiny and probably never noticed but I’ll always see it! ha

I got the plans from an article by George Walker on PW, called Woodworking Ideas. It comes with step by step, great plans for a first box.

Thanks for looking,


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#1 posted 09-29-2013 07:42 AM

That’s a sweet-looking puzzle box. I’ve always wanted to make one. That secret pivoting (?) drawer on the bottom is neat.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 09-29-2013 09:18 AM

Now that’s different.
Nicely executed and finished….....................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 09-29-2013 11:46 AM

Really cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 09-29-2013 12:25 PM

Very interesting and very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 09-29-2013 12:57 PM

Very different type of box and congrats on the build .
Should be a hit and hours of puzzling fun .
About the ding , think I need new glasses .

-- Kiefer 松

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#6 posted 09-29-2013 01:14 PM

Now that’s a horse of a different color. Super neat. I just got a new bandsaw and hoping to get into things like this.
Again, very nice and thanks for sharing Paul.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 09-29-2013 01:51 PM

Nice looking box. t’s nice to know there are other people out there with butter fingers. Any chance there is an article on that online?

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#8 posted 09-29-2013 05:56 PM

Thanks guys,

Allen, I should have pulled the drawer out, there is a spring glued to the back, so it pivots out when the pin is pulled.

Dave, my bandsaw has been one of the most fun tools Ive bought recently, its amazing what you can make a bandsaw box look like.

bigogre, here is the link to the article and a few other free downloads, its called Woodworking Ideas, near the bottom,

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#9 posted 09-29-2013 05:59 PM

This is a wonderful puzzle and box. Congratulations.

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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#10 posted 09-29-2013 10:13 PM

Now that is awesome. Really made well!

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#11 posted 09-29-2013 10:23 PM

What size is your box?

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#12 posted 09-30-2013 12:34 AM

A very interesting puzzle box. You did a great job! And I don’t see the ding either.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 09-30-2013 12:52 AM

This is great! Did you provide the giftee the opening info? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 09-30-2013 02:32 AM

Very well done, nice job.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 09-30-2013 06:28 AM

Wow, this is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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