A Creative Twist on Making Puzzleboxes

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Author Steve Birkey invites readers to use and practice their vast ingenuity with this how-to book

A new twist to basic puzzlebox-making is sure to intrigue crafts makers and woodwork enthusiasts as author Steve Birkey gives them a new diversion with his illustrated puzzlebox how-to manual, Making Puzzleboxes using a Bandsaw. He adds his own creativity, resourcefulness, and imagination to run-of-the-gift shop designs by experimenting with complexities and magnets.

Adopting the interlocking bandsaw cut found on the box-shaped, gift-shop variety, Birkey creates other shapes, including heart-shaped, kidney-shaped, and long (rectangular) boxes. He ups the complexity level of his creations as he varies the placement of a small component called the key, to come up with the Two Layer Box, Diagonal Key Box, and Key Within A Key Box.

Birkey’s fascination and experimentation with magnetic attraction and repulsion has created the Magnetic Slider Key Box and Magnetic Lid Box designs. These remarkable modifications to the basic puzzlebox will add new intricacies and challenges to puzzlebox-making to excite the avid woodcrafter. Birkey also lists the basic equipment and materials needed, the wood types to use, and the box dimensions as he proceeds with his easy-to-follow procedure for each of his box designs.

“…[puzzleboxes] are a heck of a lot of fun to make, and for another, people just love to play with them,” Birkey replies to the question of why make puzzleboxes in the Introductory section of Making Puzzleboxes using a Bandsaw. Another reason, Birkey adds, is that those little leftover pieces and the odd pieces that might not have been useful in other woodworking projects would spruce up the puzzlebox by adding unique touches to the overall design.

For more information on Making Puzzleboxes using a Bandsaw, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

MAKING PUZZLEBOXES using a BANDSAW * by Steve Birkey
Publication Date: June 20, 2009
Picture Book; $51.99; 96 pages; 978-1-4415-4266-3
Picture Book Hardcover; $61.99; 96 pages; 978-1-4415-4267-0

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