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The 4 sun 53 step box
This puzzle box works very similar to the traditional Japanese puzzle box, in that all the moves are controlled by only two sliders, one at each end. These sliders allow the end panels to move vertically, and they in turn allow the top and bottom panels to move horizontally. Eventually, the top panel will slide off sideways. That's what normally happens... However, just when you think the lid is about to come off, the box appears to lock up. Strangely, the only way to get the lid off, is to start closing the box again... This sounds just like "The Bridge" puzzle box, but just when you think the lid is ready to come off, the box locks again! Because you've taken the wrong path. This box is similar to "The Bridge", but there's extras moves and an extra path put in, and now takes 53 moves to open. Easy to make, the size is 5" by 3-1/2" by 2-1/2", if made from 1/8" thick wood, and the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this at any size. Yoshegi patterns included.
A six-sided cube, with a diamond-shaped outer panel on each side. These panels don’t push in any direction: they simply turn. All six must be turned to remove the lid, but you don’t know which way to turn them, or in what order. And yet, only ten moves to open the box... Size of this box is 4” by 4” by 4”, if made from 1/8” wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size. Note: There is some fairly precise cutting to do, and because of the “rotational” movements, you will probably spend some time “adjusting” the inner discs...
This is another "casket-type" puzzle box, but it must be the grand-daddy of the casket boxes. Fifteen double-locked outer sliding panels, two separate keys and a removable base with another compartment. One key must be used to open the lid, and if you want to go far enough, both keys must be used to release the box from the base. Thirty moves to open the lid, and a further fifteen moves to free the box from the base. The size of this box is 9" by 6" by 5" if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size. Please note: this box will take a fair bit of making: there’s more than 100 pieces in it, the T-Plans run to 30 pages (32 if you count the pictures), and you’ll need about five or six square feet of 1/8” wood...
This is another "sliding panel" puzzle box, that opens in the normal way. However, none of the panels will move to start with. There is a disc on the front and back that that doesn't turn. It will only push upwards, but the panels still won't move. The box has to be "flipped" to one end, to allow the other end panel to open, and vice-versa. So the box has to be flipped from one end to the other, to get the box opened. Fairly easy to build, but assembly is a little tricky, as there are two independent pieces that rely on gravity to move, and you can't see these in action. Size of the box is 6" by 3-1/2" by 3" if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size. The video "Making Flip Flop", shows the box being made.
Brick Block This box is also available as a kit from BHPenLaser
This looks like a model of an old-fashioned milk churn stand, being layers of bricks topped off with a concrete slab. There are 24 "bricks", and every one has to be moved, either left, right, up or down to release the lid. Three of the sides are inter-locked with each other, but the last side isn't. The bricks on the last side won't move at all until the other three sides have been unlocked. Even when they're unlocked, it seems the last side is still locked. There is a "twist" to this puzzle box that I haven't used before, revealed in the video, and there are 26 moves to open the box. The box will take a fair bit of making, as there are about 100 pieces invloved... The size of this box is 4" square by 4-1/4" tall, if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
This is a fairly simply little box to make. There are only three moving panels, but none of them will move at first. The box has to be tilted before the lid can be moved, and tilted a few more times, back and front, to get the lid off. You could easily build this in a couple of days, but if you didn’t know about the tilting action, it could be frustrating trying to get it open. The size of the box is 4” by 3” by 2-1/2”, if made from 1/8” wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
This box came about from an idea suggested some time ago. This is a "Casket-type" puzzle box, and there are two ways to open it, a wrong way and a right way, and either way will lead to the lid being removed. Inside there is another “Casket-type” puzzle box, but if you've opened the bigger box the wrong way, you can't get the smaller box out. You can open the bigger box in 10 moves the wrong way, but it takes 17 moves to open it the right way. The smaller box will take 11 moves to open. The size of the bigger box is 6-1/2" by 5-1/4" by 3-3/4", and the smaller box is 3-3/4" by 2-3/4" by 2-3/4", if they're both made from 1/8" wood. The plans run to 30 pages, covering both boxes, and are are T-Plans, allowing you to make these at any size.
Wheelie Bin This box is also available as a kit from BHPenLaser
This is another “casket” type box, but it has no sliders nor moving panels, just two wheels on the lid. You might think it looks a bit like The Door, but this is much easier to make, and only requires two numbers to open. However, both wheels have 24 numbers, and only one number on each wheel will open the lid. If you’re lucky, you could get this in only two moves, but if you’re not, there’s 576 combinations to try out... But the lid hasn’t got a handle. If it hasn’t got a handle, how does the lid open? This is fairly easy to make, as all the mechanical stuff is in the lid. Size is 5-1/4" square by 2-1/2" high, if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
Byte Box This box is also available as a kit from MyersCrafts
The only moving panel on this box is the lid, which is held shut by eight sliders, all neatly arranged in one row. These sliders can be slid to one side or the other, but there are no halfway points: they're either "on" or "off", as it were. If all the sliders were locking the lid, it would be easy to open:just move them all, and the lid would be released. If just ONE slider was holding the lid, that would be easy, too: just try each one in turn, until the lid slides off. But there's only SOME of the sliders locking the lid, and you can't tell which ones, or how many. To make it worse, there's a number showing on each side of the box, and this number is actually the solution to opening the lid! You can make your own solution when making this box, which is very easy to build. Size is 5" by 3" by 2-1/2", if made from 1/8" wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.
Pencil Case This box is also available as kit from BHPenLaser
This could be a useful box, because it really can hold pens and pencils. The lid has a lock at each end, and the box has a lock at each end, but the locks on the lid are independent of the box. Even so, all four locks must be opened to slide the lid off. The locks on the box must be opened by the correct end first: opening the wrong lock first means you can’t open the other end. The same applies to the lid. If this sounds too complicated, you can make the lid without it’s locks, and the box would still work. Eight moves to open the box locks, and six moves to open the lid locks. The size of the box is 8-1/2” by 3-1/4” by 2-3/8”, if made from 1/8” wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.