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The HI Box
The HI Box, so called because each side has a capital "H", or is it an"I"? These letters are made up of three sliders each, so there are eighteen sliders all around the box. Not only do all these sliders have to be moved, but they're also interlocked with each other. Six sliders are interlocked with two other sliders, eight sliders are interlocked with three other sliders, and four sliders are interlocked with five other sliders! Quite difficult to open, it takes 48 moves to take lid off. This is a fairly complicated box to make, with lots of parts, involving some precise cutting. The size of the box is 4 inches each way, if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
Roman Casket “I wouldn’t like to have lived in Roman times- I might have been a slave.” “Even the Romans wouldn’t have you as a slave- you’re too thick...”
A rich Roman Senator was given a birthday present-a casket made by his 14 year old grandson. The Senator treasured the box, keeping his personal valuables in it. Twenty years later, on his deathbed, the Senator decreed that his will, naming his heir, was in the casket, and whoever discovered the will, would succeed him. Many family members tried to find the will. Some failed to open the casket, those that did, found it empty. Just before the old man died, someone appeared with the opened casket and the will. The old man smiled as he passed away, for he knew who it would be.
This is another "casket-type" puzzle box, where the aim is to remove the lid, by moving panels around the box. Previous "casket-type" boxes usually have eight moving panels around the base part, and in the case of "Merlin's Casket", a further six on the lid. Despite the number of moving panels, they only need about fourteen moves to open. This casket has only five moving panels on the whole box, yet requires twenty moves just to get the lid off, and a further ten moves of the four remaining panels to release the secret drawer hidden in the base. Not too difficult to make, despite some fairly precise cutting. The size of this box is about 6-1/4" by 4-1/4" by 3-1/4", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this box at any size.
You may of heard of the "Fifteen Tile Siding Puzzle", where numbered tiles have to be slid around to get them into order. This puzzle box is based on that puzzle, but it's a little easier in that only the front and back rows have to be in the right order. The middle row of four tiles can be in any order. Only when the tiles are in the correct order can the lid be removed. Even though only ten tiles must be in their correct places, it's still pretty hard to open. There is some fairly precise cutting on the interlocking parts, but the rest is easy to make. The size of this box is 5" by 5-1/2" by 3" if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
Black Box “Isn’t that what airplanes carry?” “I wish one would carry you- Away from me.”
A black cube, with only two panels that look like they can be moved at the start, but only one will move. There are two sliders, one at the front and one at the back, but they cannot be moved because both ends are blocked. The first four moves are normal, then the box appears to lock up. This is when the sliders come into play, but they are still blocked! The two photos don't really show what happens while the box is being opened. You'll have to watch the video to see just how this box will open. Only 24 moves to open, but those moves are not easy to find. Size of this box is 4" on each side, if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
This is a box with not just one or two sliders, but 24 sliders, four on each side. Not hidden sliders, not only quite visible, but with another piece sticking out, to help you move them. Four of the sides are overlapped at one end, so, are these four the top, bottom, front and back, or the front, back, left and right, or the top, bottom, left and right? No way of telling. Just about every slider must be moved, either inwards or outwards to open the box, but there's only one that will move to start with. There are a couple of sliders that don't really do anything, but how do you tell which is which? 22 moves to open the box, but hard to find those moves. The size of the box is 4 inches each way, if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
Dragon Chest This box is also available as a kit from BHPenLaser
This is a very Chinese-looking puzzle box, with dragon icons on the end tiles, dragon pictures on the front and back and Chinese numerals from 1 to 5 on the lid tiles. The lid tiles have to be moved in a certain order, that doesn’t follow the numbers, to release the end tiles. These have to be moved three times each to release the sliding lid. The box has a false bottom, that can only be removed when the lid is off. The end tiles have to be moved again to free this false bottom, to reveal a secret compartment big enough to hold unfolded banknotes. Not too hard to make. Size of the box is 3-3/14” high by 4” wide by 8” long, if made from 1/8” wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this box at any size.
A puzzle box with an outer moving panel on each face. Each outer panel, or tile, has a nice little picture of a Celtic Knot. But none of these panels will move, so how do you open this box? Some puzzle boxes have "secret" sliders, and some boxes have outer moving panels, one of which will always move at first, to start the opening sequence. This box has both sliders and outer tiles. Since the tiles won't move, you'll have to find the slider that will start the opening sequence. The decoration on this box is designed to pretty well hide the sliders. It takes only ten moves to open, if you know the way to open this box. There is quite a bit of very precise cutting involved in making this. The size of this box is 3" by 3" by 2-1/4", if made from 1/8" wood. The plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
This box is also available as a kit from: BHPenLaser
This is another "casket type" box, that could be very easy to open, or incredibly frustrating. If you're very lucky, you could open this box in just seven moves, but if not, it could take 359 moves! There are six wheels around the sides, and another wheel on top, and they all have to be turned to one of six positions, and pushedin one of two directions to release the top. Size of the box is 6-1/2" by 4-1/2" by 3-1/4", if made from 1/8" wood, but these plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this at any size.
This is another "sliding panel" puzzle box, that looks and operates just like the genuine Japanese puzzle boxes.
A "sun" is a Japanese measurement of about 1.22 inches, but only refers to the length of the box, not the width or height. Four sliders at each end have to be moved in order to raise one end and lower the other end, so that the top and base can be moved. Eventually the top will be released. The box requires 48moves to open, and there is a small drawer in the base panel. But there is another secret to this box, revealed in the video. Not too hard to make, but there are a lot of pieces to it. The size is 5" by 3-3/4" by 3", if made from 1/8" thick wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this at any size.
Up’n’Down “Up and Down? That’s a funny name.” “ Reminds me of your head, when you’re trying to think of something sensible to say.”
This is a somewhat dinky little puzzle box, but that shouldn't fool you. It looks like a traditional Oriental puzzle box, with one slider at each end, allowing the end panels to move up and down. But both end panels move up and down, and the top and bottom panels move from end to end. There doesn't seem to be any kind of a "sequence" to the moves: they seem to be random. There are no "false moves", or "dead ends"; every move is progressive. That means you find a piece that will move, and it's the correct piece. The trouble is, in finding that next move... There are one or two different ways to open the box, but the least number of moves required are nineteen. The box measures 2" by 2-1/2" by 3", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this box at any size.