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    Does anyone have a good source of plans for puzzle boxes? I found some information online, but no books. I know that they are typically done with band saws, but I don't see why small ones can't be done on the scroll saw. I'm going to try out the plans I downloaded, and will post any results that look promising if anyone is interested.

    Carole
    Carole

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  • #2
    Hi Carole,

    Haven't heard from you in a while

    Of course we're interrested in seeing.

    But first I'd like to demonstrate my ignorance by asking: What is a puzzle box?

    Regards,
    Marcel
    http://marleb.com
    DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

    NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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    • #3
      Puzzle Box defined

      Marcel,

      A puzzle box is similar to the scroll saw and band saw boxes that are made using a thick piece of wood (2" max for scroll saws, of course). The bottom is typically cut off, then the top, then the "guts" are removed. After that, the bottom is glued back on. Instructions vary, but that's the basic idea. Puzzle boxes take this one step further, and have several "keys' cut out that have to be re-inserted in sequence to put the box together. There are many vendors selling them--at craft shows and online--but no books of instructions for either band or scroll saws. I was hoping someone would know of a good source of instructions for making them. I'll give a try tomorrow, using some plans I downloaded and some wood I picked up from a dumpster. (Low risk)

      Carole
      Carole

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      • #4
        Carole;
        Are you referring to a puzzle box or a puzzle 'block' like this ?
        These are done on the scroll saw and are a real challenge to put together..
        W.Y.



        http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

        The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

        Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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        • #5
          Puzzle Box is not a puzzle block

          Principle is similar, but the puzzle part consists of key pieces, usually two, that have to be removed to access the box, which is actually a usuable box.

          Carole
          Carole

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          • #6
            OK, I remember now what you are referring to. I made a couple puzzles from the same pattern and there was a key to that one and it opened into several compartments of a useable miniature box to hold nothing much bigger than a few coins or small ear rings etc.
            I gave both of them to a couple of my grand daughters before ever taking pictures of them.
            I will search my patterns stash and see if I can locate it
            W.Y.
            http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

            The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

            Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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            • #7
              Puzzle box pattern

              Thanks. It'll be great if you can find the instructions.

              Carole
              Carole

              Follow me on my blog: www.scrollsawbowls.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                Perhaps this tutorial may help...
                http://www.gtcreations.com/appleseed/

                Cheers,
                Draken

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                • #9
                  puzzle box tutorial

                  Thanks, Draken. I'll try to scale it down for the scroll saw until my woodshop decides to replace the tires on the band saw so it will track an 1/8" blade.

                  Carole
                  Carole

                  Follow me on my blog: www.scrollsawbowls.blogspot.com

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                  • #10
                    Glad to help.

                    Cheers,
                    Draken

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