Topless Box (2020)

DESIGNER: Eric Fuller
MATERIAL: Striped Quartersawn Sapele, Birdseye Maple, Paduak
RELEASE DATE: 12.16.2020
EDITION: 50 Copies Released
SIZE: 3"

Topless Box by Eric Fuller was my contribution to the legendary Apothecary Puzzle Chest. Topless is an unusual challenge; with two lids and no top, how can it be opened? The solution is tricky and will surprise you. Originally released in 2012, we found strong demand with our re-release last year and decided to make one more batch for newer collectors who have been unable to find a copy.

This batch of Topless was constructed from a plank of very nice striped Sapele which shows a lot of shimmer via chatoyance in the grain structure. A slight modification to this release should result in more dimensional stability by the use of the same Birdseye Maple on the inside and outside of the lid panels.

Reviews: Neil's Blog and VideoPuzzle Pusher, Puzzle Paradox, Jerry's Collection

50 copies will be available with our upcoming Wednesday, December 16th release at 3pm EST (UTC-5). The second batch will be available in January 2021. Each box is signed and dated. Topless is priced at $229 and ships assembled.

Our work is handcrafted to very precise tolerances and must be kept within the range of 40-60% relative humidity at all times. Failure to do so may cause inoperability or permanent damage.

This item is sold out and no longer available. Our Marketplace is the best source for discontinued work. We occasionally revisit discontinued designs at our sole discretion and do not accept requests or one-off commissions.

To ensure the proper continued operation and fit of your puzzles, please check out our product care guide. We recommend an occasional polishing with Renaissance Wax to keep wood puzzles in top condition.

Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
John S.
Tops in puzzlement.

The "Topless Box" is an enigma that is as good to look at, as it is to contemplate. It's got all of the mystery, and beauty you expect from the great team at CubicDissection. Not an easy solve, and loaded with clues when you start working it. I have not solved it, and that makes it the more intriguing.

Mark P.
This will blow your top!

I really liked this box. It has a really cool opening that may take a few attempts at finding. Once you know the solution, it’ll be a breeze to open.

Don't Get Boxed In

Don't get boxed in by your assumptions because Eric (RIP) was a master at exploiting them. Three gorgeous types of wood were used to construct this solid box which will certainly have you stumped as to how to open it for a while. The aha moment if very satisfying with the Topless Box.

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