CNC cut puzzle box

by Stephen Hobley on May 8, 2010

This puzzle box is the “Modified Matchbox” – built from plans available online.
It takes 10 moves to open and close.

I converted the PDF plans into CNC cutting paths for my router. It was made from 1/4″ (actually 0.235″) baltic birch plywood, with an oak veneer applied, stained and varnished. It’s the first real “thing” that I’ve made with my new router.

I etched some replica “Lament Configuration” style brass panels – as seen in the Hellraiser movies – and at some point I’ll get them applied to the box.

I think next time I’ll make it from solid oak panels, and engrave a design into the panels using the CNC.


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Priit June 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Could you please upload your CNC project somewhere please. It would be very awesome to have a look at the whole thing and maybe try it myself. I’m a huge fan of puzzle boxes!
Looks very nice!

Omegix April 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

+1 to uploading the CNC file to the internet 🙂

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