If you try to open this
box, you will understand why it is called the....
~ The Double Crossed
Puzzle Box ~
This is the first of the Original Quagmire Puzzle box designs - the Double Crossed Puzzle Box.
This puzzle box requires 23 moves* before the lid will open. It is a very difficult puzzle to solve requiring a physically challenging triple simultaneous move. This box could be considered part dexterity puzzle!
The Double Crossed Puzzle Box is made from quartersawn Argentine walnut, Palo Blanco, and cedar. (Palo Blanco is an exotic species also called Acacia.) This box and all its mechanisms are wood - no metal was used at all, even for the many hidden “springs.” This box is made to fine woodworking standards and is of very high quality. Even the double action hinge inside the box is handmade of hardwood.
The Double Crossed Puzzle Box is made from 72 handmade hardwood pieces; 42 pieces make up the lid not including the wooden hinge. Twelve visible movable parts on the lid are used to solve the puzzle.
Solving the puzzle is truly very difficult. Solvable, analyzing everything and trying all of its mechanisms would take many, many hours. Even when following the step by step instructions opening this box is not an easy task.
31 different jigs in order to make this box. These jigs can’t be used to make anything else but this box. Many of the smaller parts are actually cut using hand tools.
Although the visible puzzle pieces on the lid look balanced, no two pieces are the same. Making the puzzle mechanisms is very time consuming, exacting work. The box is also includes
beautiful corner splines. The finish a specially formulated semi-gloss lacquer applied by hand and rubbed in again and again. Then the finish is completed with fine bees wax and teak oil. The entire box is hand polished between each step.
To see this box opened, click here. Cedar is used to line the inside compartment - the aroma is your reward for opening the box.
moves to open this puzzle box!
~ Quagmire Puzzle Boxes are Original Trademark designs created by: Randal Gatewood ~
~ Each box is engraved with the
Quagmire Puzzle Boxes Logo