This vintage puzzle box is locked by a special mechanism that fits entirely in the lid half of the box, leaving the bottom for storage. As long as your vintage box is roughly the same size and the lid has 1" of headroom. To solve the lock the box must be manipulated through a series of 3D positions.
These plans are written in a way that reaches out to the guy\gal that loves to tinker in their shop and make something tangible in a few hours. There are many wood boxes around you now that have no real use am I right? ...why not turn it into a puzzle box?
We promote the upcycling of what is around you now. You will find designs for every lid style and doors and drawers. An average woodworker will grasp what is being shown and so not all measurements need to be given, but rather the method of construction is shown so clearly that you can adapt this system to your specific needs. Since it is unlikely that your random found wood box will be exactly the same size as this one is unlikely, ...and unnecessary. Just make sure the lid styles are similar and the general proportions are similar and your off.
What is great is that when you begin with an existing box is that you get to begin working on the locking system right away, ...and if all goes accordingly, you will have a working puzzle box by the end. Once you start amassing a collection of different ones a warm glow will overcome you. ; )
You could have this together and easily working in a weekend.