4 Step Puzzle Box

My latest creation :grin: Hope you enjoy.


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Four moves to open the box so far, working on adding a lockable/ puzzle lid for the inside of the drawer.


There are 4 magnets in the back of the drawer and 4 mounted in the body of the box that are facing north to north to give a “spring” action when it is solved.

There are also another 8 magnets inside the back of the box in the locking mechanism to retain the buttons in their home or locked position.


Finished the box with water based blue dye, cutting board sealer and parifin wax to finish with a little added elbow grease. Below are some of the before pics just after I starting sanding.


The box itself was a great puzzle to assemble and design. I designed it entirely on inkscape.
In total including magnets, guide pins and pieces cut on the glowforge as it sits right now there are 133 separate pieces. The box measures 4"x4"

My first puzzled box was made just before this one based off the concept of the impossible joint box made by @brok09.




Thank you for you time, hope you enjoyed. :beers:

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That is a thing of beauty! Color me impressed.

What sort of mechanism are you envisioning for the lid?

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Thank you :slight_smile:

Not sure yet, brainstorming atm but possibly something simple like a planetary gear setup that when rotating the sun gear will unlock it. unless i can think of something more complex with magnets or maybe a gravity puzzle where it needs to be rotated or manipulated in a specific way to release the lid.

Beautifully executed design.

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Excellent! That should be a real jaw-dropper.

I’ve been playing with a variety of locking mechanisms, working my way up to a beast of a puzzle box, but the learning curve has been steep. I really appreciate the work that went into this box!

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Oh wow, how cool is that?!? What a great design, and nicely finished too.

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Loving the magnetic pop of those locks!

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Nice work! Let us know success or frustration statistics as people try to open it.

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Very cool, thanks for sharing some of the details. I’m a big fan of puzzles like this.

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Intriguing!

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Great use of magnets! Lots of nice work there in design :sunglasses:

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Neat! Like your use of magnets.

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Brilliant!

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Thank you all for the kind words :smiley:

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Have you heard of Chris Ramsay? He solves these puzzle boxes and it would be a great way to get your name out there if you are looking to sell. Check him out on YouTube if you haven’t heard of him. Awesome job btw👍

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Good call! “Mr. Puzzle” is another YouTuber I follow who streams puzzle and puzzle box solves.

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Not sure how I even found those videos lol but it was a rabbit hole and now I’m an avid supporter haha. Wish I could design a puzzle box to send them. That would be cool to see your own creation on the “big screen” haha

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Chris did his first live-stream puzzle solve today, the “escape room puzzle” that Mr Puzzle showed a while back. He’s posting something every day in light of the current situation. I often wonder if those two share puzzles because they often have the same one around the same time. Mr Puzzle fixed Chris’ broken Excaliber puzzle, iirc.

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Yeah I was watching his live stream today but I didn’t get to fully enjoy it. I usually watch when my kid is in bed haha. No distractions that way. But I haven’t watched Mr. Puzzle that much, seen a few maybe but enjoy Chris’ content more. I know the Excaliber was a pain, that’s cool that he did that for Chris.

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Yup love that guys videos :slight_smile: Would be nice to be able to make a product that would be worthy of review by him. and thank you

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