|Project by KelSnake||posted 10-28-2014 02:29 PM||1237 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
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