Friday, July 15, 2011

About The Evil Puzzle Box

We got some questions about the Evil Puzzle Box, so TBT is gonna describe how he made it.  Cuz we cant.

TBT here:  Some of the pictures were used previously, but to describe how to build one yourself, I'm using them again.

1.  Get a small sturdy shallow box.  I used a standard Amazon.com box.  The dimensions are approximately 10" long x 7" wide x 3.5" deep.  It could be smaller, but I think not less than 8x6x2.

2.  Peel off all the sealing tape and check the bottom of the box.  If it is glued shut, you are fine, other wise, use Elmers glue (or similar), glue the flaps together.  Use weights to get good contact.  Scrap wood, full cans, bricks, etc.  IT IS NOW THE TOP of the puzzle box (this saves a step) and needs to be solid.  The cats will pound and jump on it.

3.  After glue is dry, drill some access holes in the top.  I used a "hole saw", a toothed round cutter that fits in a drill. 
 [edited to show a hole saw, no product placement intended, just the best image I could find, many companies sell them, check your local hardware store]

My holes are 1.75" diameter.  I made 4 on the top and 2 on each long side.  I centered my top holes 2.25" from all 4 sides.  Cutting them by hand is possible, but difficult.

4.  For the holes in the sides, make them almost flush with the bottom of the box.  Then, cut straight down from the outside of those holes to the bottom of the box.  Cut away the flap to make "mouseholes".  Otherwise, they can't pull the treats out.

5.  Now glue the bottom flaps together.  You can apply weight through the top holes to get good contact.  That can be a little tricky.  I had some scrap wood that just fit inside the holes and placed a piece of board on top of them for weight.  You might be able to use spring clamps more easily.

6.  I painted mine.  Spray-on enamel paint seems to work well.  It takes several coats to cover the printing on the box.
Set it aside for a week for all the paint smell to fade...

And now, some pictures of Marley getting treats out of the box!



Next, I'm going to surprise them by putting toys in it...

17 comments:

The Misadventures Of Me said...

OMC what a pawsome toy yoo has Marley!! TBT is furry talented.

Fanks fer comin to my purrthday party!!

Trooder

Brian said...

We got all kinds of boxes...hey Dad!

OKcats said...

Always nice to see how to make what can be an otherwise expensive toy! I actually tried to find one of these at Petsmart a while back - I'm glad they didn't have one!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

The box I got for my birthday cost $9.99 (my human forgot to take the price off), and she might as well have bought it because if she had tried making it, it would have looked embarrassing, all wobbly with crooked holes. Some humans got it - some (like mine) don't!

The Island Cats said...

TBT, you are really creative!!

Katnip Lounge said...

Now that's a cool "green" toy! Our Mommy spent $10 for ours, that's a lotta treat money.

Natalie said...

That is a great toy!

Derby, Ducky said...

Thanks for the instructions. Mum says when she gets a good box she will try and she had a drill cutter thingy too.

Mark's Mews said...

Actally, TBT, he says $10 isn't much fer a wood one, he thought they were way more green papers than that. He wouldda bought one, mebbe. But he likes trying ta make stuff.

His next idea is a "ESS". He saw some woodworking show where they bend real thin wood into fancy shapes using glue and clamps. Well corrugated cardboard is to kitties what wood is to Beins. An we got LOTS of corrugated cardboard. He cuts up evry big box an saves them.

But we never know when he will actally DO any of his ideas. We are STILL waitin fer Hammicks, fer ezample!

But he DOES surprise us sometimes. Its kinna random. He has ideas, but we never see them in order of his list.

Its like he sits around fer days and then (POOF)! "I will build #4 today"! (The list isnt always stuff fer US)

Camie's Kitties said...

That looks like a really fun box to play with. We hope you enjoy playing lots with it.

Cody and Gracie

Prancer Pie said...

Great tutorial! Thanks fur sharing.

Karen Jo said...

Our wooden toy box is just like that, except that it is bigger and the holes look smaller and there are more of them. We love pulling toys out of it.

Herman and Emma

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Well done, TBT!

Jacqueline said...

You guys are very lucky TBT makes you cool toys; you all are going to have lots of fun!!...Happy weekend, precious friends...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

threecatyard said...

Sounds like its the kind of thing you could have your kids do a lot of the work on, too.

You could use contact paper instead of paint, a little saw blade to do a lot of the cutting, or even scissors.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Very DIY! We have a Peek-a-Prize box we like but it wasn't 'free' like your puzzle box! Thanks everso for your visits to our bloggie!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Wow we thinks even Mommy can follow those directions and she says Daddy has one of those hole things in the shop, she used it to put holes in flower pots, well she used the drill thing to put the holes in the flower pots but she saw the hole thing when she was looking for the drill thing. Apparently it is an attachment ...........human tools are so confusing. ~Scylla & Socks