Woodsmith Clever Puzzle Boxes Plans


Your own ingenuity is the key to creating and opening these attractive boxes.


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. 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. 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 project.

  • 8 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 60 full-color exploded views, photos and illustrations
  • Materials list and cutting diagram
  • Retail sources for hardware and supplies