How to Make a Japanese Puzzle Box!

Awhile back, I searched for instructions or other online information regarding how to build Japanese Puzzle Boxes. I was surprised to find nothing out there! So I set out with the intention of making a puzzle box myself.

Update; here's another site with information on how to make puzzle boxes (although not necessarily Japanese-style):

    Homemade Puzzles (with plans)

On with my story:

To start with, I would need to acquire one and disect it for study. I ordered a box from Cleverwood and received a beautiful piece. Their service and shipping were exceptional.

Next, I chopped up the box, removing its locking arms in order to free the sliding panels. This is a series of pictures and measurements I made of it. It can be used to build a replica, or to study the mechanism in order to create new and interesting designs.


The measurements are entered into a Power Point document as graphic objects with appropriate sizes and offsets. Power Point Doc with Measurements