Japanese puzzle box

A box to hide your treasures


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This is a traditional japanese puzzle box / secret box based on the instructions I found on


Originally meant to be wood, a 3D print fits perfectly. I have contacted the author and have his approval to create the 3D models and post them here on Thingiverse.

I added the ornaments for every sides.

The dimensions proposed here are 96mmx96mm leaving you with a center space, for your treasure, of 40x32mm and 64mm height.

The default proposed files are at exact dimensions, because the ancient Japanese puzzle boxes were a very precise hand work. You will need some filling and sanding to fit all the pieces correctly together. The aim is that nothing moves by itself, that the user needs a slight force to push the sides.

As I don't know how exact your printer is and how motivated you are, I also included a zip containing fitted parts. They have 0.2mm less on every sides that should glide, thus requiring less fitting after printing. Only the bottom and top parts are fitted, the side parts are the same!

Each version comes with every parts doubled, one having the carvings for the ornaments and the other without

For opening and closing instructions, you can either check my video or the pdf document

I do hope you enjoy this box and my work

Stay tuned, as I'm actually designing the next one, the Chines Dragon box

Materials and methods

Rafts: No

Supports: Yes

Resolution: 0.2

Infill: 30-40%

Filament: Profill Wood PLA Up to you

I decided to print this out of wood. It gives a nice ancient effect to the model, as well as a nice wooden smell.

Supports are needed at least for the side parts as they are to be printed standing which results in a much nicer outer surface when using wood PLA



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Carousel thumb japanese puzzle
Printed on:
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I printed in black PLA with red PLA design.
This is a nice design. Thank you for sharing.
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This is one tricky design. On one hand, the treasure would pretty much be secure because of how tedious it is to open up the box. On the other hand, it might just attract even more attention because people might think of it as a game.

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