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Most of my boxes contain an "inner box", which hold all the moving parts together. This inner box is usually held together by "finger joints", which not only keep the box square, but make the inside stronger. If you've made a few of these boxes, you'll be getting quite good at cutting finger joints. Which is a pity, because they're on the inside and not seen. This box has finger joints all over the place-inside and out. But if all the outside edges are finger joints, how can you get box open? Nine moves to open the box. Fairly easy to make, although as you might guess, there is a lot of precise cutting along the edges to make all these finger joints. The size of this box is 4" by 3-1/4" by 2-3/4" (10.2 cm by 8.2 cm by 7 cm) if made from 1/8" (3mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this any size.
Could this be this year's "Biggie Box?" Perhaps... Anyway, it's larger than normal, and decorated with Chinese patterns and dragons. With a disc at each end, and three more discs on the lid, together with ten pegs. Nothing on the lid will move at the start: nothing turns, pushes or pulls. So how does it open? Watch the video to find out... Caution: this box will take a bit of making-the box itself is fairly straight forward, it's the lid that's quite complicated. There's lots of very precise cutting and drilling to make the moving parts, and there are three layers of moving parts. Size of this box is 7" by 6" by 4-1/2" (17.8 by 15.2 by 114.3 cm), if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this box at any size. The 31 page plans include all patterns.
First of all, how is the name pronounced? It's pronounced as in "clearly", "dearly", "nearly" or "yearly", but NOT as in "pearly"... How are you at making gear wheels? This box will help you decide. It's all about gear wheels-there's some on each side and a few more inside the lid. All the workings can be seen through holes in the outer panels. To open the lid, you'll need two keys hidden away somewhere. One key will unlock the gear mechanism and the other key will operate all the gears in the lid. See the video to understand how this works... Caution! This box will take a lot of work to make: There are 13 gear wheels and four quarter gear wheels to make, as well as other fairly precise pieces. The size of this box is 6" by 4-1/2" by 4-1/2" (15.2 by 11.4 by 11.4 cm), if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this at any size.
Another fiendish Cubey. Very hard to open. It took me four tries when making the video, and that was looking at the solution... Twenty four outer sliders to move, and it takes 24 moves to open. Only one slider will move at the start, and it's a little hard to find. Warning. This box will take a fair bit of making. There is a lot of precise cutting and drilling to do. Making Cubey 1, 2 and 3 was a piece of cake compared to this one. There are 216 pieces to make to complete this box... Size of the box is 4" by 4" by 4" (10.2 cm by 10.2 cm by 10.2 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
This is an unusual box in that it doesn't have a lid. No lid? So can it be opened? Oh yes, it will open. Watch the video to find out how. Although the name might give a clue... Fairly easy to make, no curves nor circles, all straight cuts. Size of this box is 4-1/4" by 2-3/4" by 2-3/4" (10.8 cm by 7 cm by 7 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1600. As William says, it's only a name. You could call this by any name. But what gloomy decoration. But you could paint this in nursery colours, and decorate it with pictures of kittens and cuddly rabbits. It's still just another puzzle box. All the "slabs" have to be moved to open the lid, and it takes 17 moves to do this. Size of this box is 5-3/4" by 3-3/4" by 3-1/4" (13.3 cm by 9.5 cm by 8.2 cm), if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this at any size.
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Just a normal looking box, with a lowered lid. Inside the lid are 25 little coloured pegs, each sitting on a black tile. Where do you start? That's a guess. Unless you know... Which pegs do you move? Just a few, or all of them? Every single peg has to be moved to open the lid. Luckily, the moves are progressive-that is, once you've found the first move, the next is right beside it. And so on, and so on. After the 25th peg, the lid can be slid off. Despite some fairly precise cutting, this box is easy to make. Size of the box is 5" by 5" by 2-1/2" (12.7cm by 12.7cm by 6.4cm) if made from 1/8" (3mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, so you can make this any size.
This little puzzle box works like it says: it opens like a shutter on a shop front. But not quite as easy as that: there are various things that need to be done before the shutter will open. Despite it's fairly simple operation, there are more things inside than you might expect. To start with, there are three boxes altogether... Fairly easy to make, although there are some circles to cut. Size of this box is 6" (15.3cm) by 4" (10.2cm) by 2" (5.1cm) if made from 1/8" (3mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, which allow you to make this at any size.
This might be a morbid thing to make, but then there's The Knight's Tomb, Sarcophagus and Tomb. And really, it's just another puzzle box. But this one is different in that the lid doesn't come off. You'll have to watch the video to find out how to get to the inside of the box. There are quite a few angled edges to make, but don't worry- it's mostly filing at a slight angle. The size of this box is 6" by 4" by 2-1/4" (15.3 cm by 10.2 cm by 5.7 cm), if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans so you can make this at any size. This box was inspired from an idea supplied by Crypt LaVery.
Since tea was first discovered and brought to England, we Brits love our cup of tea. But for a very long time, tea very expensive,and only the middle and upper classes could afford to buy it. The middle and upper classes also had lots of servants, but it was thought that the lower classes shouldn't be allowed to drink tea-it was much too posh for them. So tea was kept in an ornate wooden box with a lock and key. If the Master of the house wanted a cup of tea, he summoned a maid to bring an empty tea-pot. Then he unlocked the tea caddy, and carefully doled out two spoon fulls of tea. The maid went off down to the kitchen to fill the tea-pot with boiling water, while the Master locked away the tea caddy. This box could be used as a proper Tea Caddy if you were mean, but it doesn't have a key. Instead, strips around the outside have to be manipulated to release the two tea boxes. Size of this box is 6" by 4-1/4" by 4", (15.3 cm by 10.2 cm by 10.2 cm) if made from 1/8" (3 mm) wood, but the plans are T-Plans, allowing you to make this at any size.