The Puzzle Box - Cedar
Hey! ... isn't that the name of a book?
When I was down in
New Orleans with a couple of years ago, I saw these cool
boxes made with interlocking cuts. I had been wanting to
make one, but was unable to until I got the bandsaw.
To make the box, you cut a slice off the bottom first,
then make the cuts in the same order that the pieces come off,
as shown in the pictures below. Cut out the inside
as with any other box made from a solid piece of wood.
The most important cut is the key cut that allows
the pieces to slide on and off. Once you get that,
the rest is cake!
To make the next cut, turn the box on it's side and run it
thru the bandsaw again, making another key cut. You
need to use as small a blade as you can get on your bandsaw
in order to make the tight turns on the key. I used a
Finally, cut thru one side to start the inside cut where you
take out the guts of the box. Slice the top off of the guts
and make little supporting tabs from the rest. Glue the
bottom back on the overall box, gluing shut the in cut
thru the side, and glue in the inside supporting tabs to keep the
lid from falling down inside.
Everyone who sees this box has to play with it. Even
more interesting would be to make this same box from odd
shaped pieces of wood. I'll try this one again sometime !