4 Sun 48 Step Puzzle Box (Self Assembly Kit)

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  • 4 Sun 48 Step Puzzle Box (Self Assembly Kit)
  • 4 Sun 48 Step Puzzle Box (Self Assembly Kit)
  • 4 Sun 48 Step Puzzle Box (Self Assembly Kit)

4 Sun 48 Step Puzzle Box (Self Assembly Kit)

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This "sliding panel" puzzle box looks and operates just like the genuine Japanese puzzle boxes. Four sliders at each end have to be moved in order to raise one end and lower the other. The top and base must be positioned in order for the top to be released. The box requires 48 moves to open, and there is a small drawer in the base panel. Not to hard make, but there are a lot of pieces to it. This kit is made from 1/8" birch plywood.

Outside dimensions: 5" length, 3 3/4" width, 3" depth

Inside dimensions: 3 3/4" length, 3 1/2" width, 1 7/8" depth

Hidden compartment: 3 5/8" length, 3 1/4" width, 1/4" depth
All pieces have been laser cut for assembly. Glue is NOT included.

PLEASE NOTE: *Because assembly directions are very precise and depending upon the kit, may be lengthy, each will be sent via email separately from the product kit.

Assembly will take some patience and attention to detail.
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This "sliding panel" puzzle box looks and operates just like the genuine Japanese puzzle boxes. Four sliders at each end have to be moved in order to raise one end and lower the other. The top and base must be positioned in order for the top to be released. The box requires 48 moves to open, and there is a small drawer in the base panel. Not to hard make, but there are a lot of pieces to it. This kit is made from 1/8" birch plywood.

Outside dimensions: 5" length, 3 3/4" width, 3" depth

Inside dimensions: 3 3/4" length, 3 1/2" width, 1 7/8" depth

Hidden compartment: 3 5/8" length, 3 1/4" width, 1/4" depth
All pieces have been laser cut for assembly. Glue is NOT included.

PLEASE NOTE: *Because assembly directions are very precise and depending upon the kit, may be lengthy, each will be sent via email separately from the product kit.

Assembly will take some patience and attention to detail.
About Japanese Puzzle Boxes and Care of Your Puzzle Box

Japanese puzzle boxes are highly collectible. They are beautiful, functional and intriguing. Our wide selection and affordable prices will make it easy for you start or add to your collection of Japanese puzzle boxes.

Traditional Japanese puzzle boxes can be relatively simple to very challenging and almost impossible to open unless you follow the exact step by step procedure designed specifically for the particular box. Original instructions are included with all of our Japanese puzzle boxes, secret boxes, and trick boxes. Often these instructions or diagrams are in Japanese, but they are illustrated and easy to follow.

To solve a puzzle box, one or more sliding parts in one end are moved, allowing the other end to be moved slightly. This partially unlocks a side panel, which allows other pieces to be moved. These, in turn, partially unlock the top or bottom. This method is continued, moving around the box, until the top panel can slide, opening the box. Some of the more expensive boxes may allow both top and bottom panels to open, or have other secret compartments or drawers within. Interestingly, Puzzle Boxes have no lock and seemingly no opening. However, each box crafted includes very tricky mechanism(s).

Most Japanese personal secret boxes have a variety of difficulties, ranging from 4 to 66 moves. A few large puzzle boxes have exceptional numbers of moves, such as 78, 122, 119, or 125.

Secret Puzzle Box Patterns

 


Saya Pattern

This Maze-like design, crafted in many variations including Kizaya, Jindai Saya and Red Saya to name a few, are very popular among collectors.  Because of the complexity of the pattern, many crafters have difficulty with matchlines of the kannuki, (slides) making it a bit easier to see the opening mechanism of the Secret Puzzle Box.

 Yosegi Pattern

Kuroasa Pattern

Kiasa Pattern

Akaasa Pattern

Hineri Pattern



Sizes of the Traditional Japanese Puzzle Box (Himitsu Bako)

The Hakone, Japan Puzzle Box Creators use the ‘sun’ system to describe the size of a traditional puzzle box. "Sun" is a traditional Japanese unit of measure to denote length. The translation of Sun to a length that we can relate is that 1 Sun is about 30.3 mm or about 1.22 inches. This system is used to describe the approximate size of Hakone, Japan Puzzle Boxes. Note that the sun system does not describe the width or height, or the size of the inside compartment.

We consider Mini Trick Boxes, 1 & 1.5 sun boxes to be miniature (mame). 2, 2.5, and 3 sun boxes are small boxes. 4 sun boxes are medium size. 5 sun is the standard size. 6 sun is large. And 7 sun is very large.

 

 

Measurements and "Sun" Sizes in Inches

Small Boxes

1 sun = 1.22

1.5 sun = 1.83

2 sun = 2.44

2.5 sun = 3.05

3 sun = 3.66

 

Medium Boxes

4 sun = 4.88

5 sun = 6.10

Large Boxes

6 sun = 7.32

7 sun = 8.54


How to Care for Japanese Puzzle Boxes... Since Japanese puzzle boxes are intricate works of art and are made from exotic woods, Here are some things to keep in mind to insure that you are able to enjoy each Himitsu Bako for many years.

Avoid areas of high humidity and high temperature. To clean, wipe the surface with a clean dry cloth. Do NOT use abrasive cleansers. DO NOT drop or allow impact to the box. NEVER force pieces to move.