Puzzle Boxes are beautiful, functional and intriguing. A Japanese puzzle box (also called a secret or trick box) is a box that can only be opened through well-disguised, and sometimes complicated, series of manipulations.
If you are like me, you have been fascinated with the Japanese puzzle box for many years. The Japanese puzzle box (also know as Himitsu-Bako or personal secret box) is made in the Hakone region in Japan. The Personal Secret Box is entirely enclosed and there is no lock and seemingly no opening. It is impossible to open unless you know the exact step-by-step moves designed specifically for that box. You will find boxes that range from a few "steps" to over a hundred. As a woodworker, I was equally intrigued with both how it worked and "could I make one?"
I first started out looking for plans on how to build one. I found many people like me frustrated with a lack of plans, or if plans were available, how unhelpful they were. Some of the plans showed pictures and no details or details that were impossible to follow. I decided to create my own. Our plans combine step-by-step instructions, pictures, tips, drawings, and illustrations -- all to help you successfully build your own puzzle box.
Explaining my own creative process of inventing a new puzzle box design or how to build them might be interesting to some but not to many. Suffice it to say, it took a lot of trial and error. These plans will show you how to build a 12 step puzzle box (moving 2 sides and the top). Of course, this makes building and opening the box more complicated, but our plans will help you do it.
The art of puzzle box building is truly unique as compared to any other type of woodworking that you might attempt. Building a puzzle box with small intricate pieces requires a great deal more accuracy than building a piece of furniture or toys. For amateur and master woodworkers, nothing compares to making puzzle boxes. The sense of accomplishment is well worth the time, and sometimes, frustration.
If you read about the master craftsmen that have been building puzzle boxes for generations, it will seem very daunting. We have invented a method that requires only the most commonly used shop equipment and hand tools. The equipment you will need will be a table saw, a jig-saw, router table, and a sander. I would say that this would be the minimum equipment needed to build a simple puzzle box.
If you are searching to learn how to build a puzzle box or even want to invent and make puzzle boxes of your own design, be ready for a little adventure. Even if you are an experienced woodworker, you're bound to find the experience to be very challenging.
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