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Project by KelSnake posted 10-28-2014 02:29 PM 1208 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Law of Attraction Puzzle Box

This Cherry puzzle box uses neo magnets to keep this slide type lid closed and locked. The title of Law of Attraction is an obvious play on words considering the current new age wave of the newly enlightened. As for me, yup, I dated a psychic medium for 5 years, she was legit and I learned a lot, so most likely my inspiration for this design as the way in which the locking mechanism works is also a great metaphor for how “The Law of Attraction” really works in our lives, etc, etc.

I enjoy seeing how different woods make the same design look different, so with this design I made three from differing wood types, Walnut, Birds Eye Maple and Zebrawood. The first one, the protoype was the only one I made form Cherry. Do you have a favourite wood type?

The solution requires no key, no magnetic wand, but it does need a tap, too light and it won’t unlock, tap too hard and it unlocks and bounces back top relock in a very quick move. The nice thing is that there are audible clues to guage your success, or lack of it. The lid does not fully remove as there are parts of this mechanism that need to be attached to the underside of the lid, so I needed to leave the bottom off until last to ensure everything works ok before glueing up permanent.

This project was also one of my early experiences with inlay banding, I really enjoyed how easy it was to use and inlay around a simple box shape, definitley be doing that again. Since then I have also learned that gluing a few layers thick of inlay banding make for interesting parts used in the mechanism’s working parts.

Click the link below if you would like to explore adding a wooden lock system to your next project. :)

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ http://www.woodlockplans.ca





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Boxguy

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 04:30 AM

Kel, I can’t say that I understand your locking mechanism, but I like the look of the banding on the various boxes. You might want to add a “click on” link. Nice work on the box, though I am curious why you don’t want to use 45s on the corners. You could through dowel the corners and have a similar effect…though the dowels would look oblong. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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KelSnake

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 11:36 AM

Hi Al, ..ya, I think I need to leave a little to imagination, there isn’t a video i can link to for this one.
I am one of those creative types that has a hard time doing things the same way twice, and while I have made many boxes with 45 degree corners and do like the look, I thought that I would try something different here.

That craving to always be doing something fresh/different is probably why I made this run of puzzle boxes in three different wood types. There were 10 units to this run. This drive for the new and exciting in the shop also keeps me from doing very big runs, most times I like to build four to 10 units so that in a couple of weeks I am onto something new. There is more often the chance that I will have only made one and auctioned it off to the highest bidder. For anybody interested in this, the material vs labour %’s in your final unit cost are far more in your favour due to the small amounts of material being used.

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ http://www.woodlockplans.ca

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 05:09 AM

I get it. I don’t even do runs except on Kleenex boxes. Most of my boxes are basically “one ofs.”

-- Big Al in IN

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KelSnake

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 02:48 PM

Nice, I am glad to hear I am not the only one Al.

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ http://www.woodlockplans.ca

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