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Puzzle Boxes Make For a Fun Woodworking Challenge

By: Chris Fitch
A Japanese Puzzle Box can be a challenge to open, but building one of these creative boxes is sure to be a test of your woodworking skills, as well.

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Japanese puzzle boxes have been around for over 100 years. They’re opened by following a sequence of “moves” to reveal the hidden treasures stored inside.

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And while the design featured here is fairly simple (only five moves), building one of these creative little boxes is sure to be a test of your woodworking skills, as well as your attention to detail.

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This plan doesn’t require a large amount of lumber to build one box. That makes it the perfect project for using an exotic species that you’ve been saving for a special occasion.

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The key to successfully completing this project is to use setup blocks for precision alignment of your router table fence in relation to an 1/8" striaght bit to create all of the joinery, and a dovetail bit to create the beveled edges of the sliding lock.

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It's a fun and intriguing gift box that you can complete in a weekend... Plus, as long as you have the tools set up, you might as well make a dozen.

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Published: April 30, 2020
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