This is the building plan for the Mayan puzzle box. The box has Buttons, sliders, rotating parts, internal sliders, switches and a hidden maze. Because all of these mechanisms are combined inside this box, it’s really hard to open. The box takes 42 steps to open.
I originally designed this box as a promotional stunt for the game Tombraider. Unfortunately it was cancelled, but I liked the Mayan style so I still made the box. However, I did make it a lot more complicated. I changed the original 16 steps to 42 steps. I also added as many mechanisms as possible, like a maze and Buttons for instance.
I didn’t plan to make a building plan for this puzzle box because it’s harder to make than most puzzle boxes. Now that I have some more experience with making building plans and laser cut files I felt more confident in making this building plan. However, be warned! If you haven’t made any puzzle boxes before I recommend Making an easier one before you try this box.
The laser cut file for cutting the wood for this puzzle box has a square around it. This will allow you to easily scale the laser cut file for any wood thickness. I used 4 mm wood for making the puzzle box, and it resulted in a box which was 68x152x196 mm.
The square around the laser cut file is 450 by 275 mm for 4 mm wood. If you want to use another wood thickness, scale the laser cut file accordingly.
Besides the laser cut wood you will need:
- Sanding paper
- A marble with a diameter of 10 mm
- A rubber band
The laser cut files have three layers:
A layer for the outer square to scale the file (450 x 275 mm)
A layer for cutting.
A layer for line engraving.