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Project by KelSnake posted 11-20-2014 02:41 PM 904 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Bung Box

This is a very simple and cheap puzzle box made using an unfinished stock wood box from the dollar store. The most expensive part would be the four neo mags if bought at a retail location.

I used an old croquet mallet handle for the center lock spindle and I had some bits of this and that I had laying around. I did add the extra base so that the pin runs through the original box bottom and into the new, thicker base. Between the two bottoms I added some strong neo magnets so that it snaps into place and doesn’t move so easily.

In case that wasn’t just enough, I added a gravity pin to the original box so that you need to flip the box upside down before you attempt to twist the base 180 degrees from its start position.

I normally sell wooden lock plans on my website for just this sorta thing, but this particular design isn’t there. So, I make this my give away to you all, my woodworkin’ bro’s. All the information you need is in the pics to figure out how to make one, lol.

Try making one of these for the kids, grandkids, friends, they will love them.

Yes, my mind just doesn’t get enough of this. ; )

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 06:24 PM

” All the information you need is in the pics to figure out how to make one, lol.”

So then, all we need is a basic understanding of woodworking, right?

Yeah, that and an Engineering Degree from MIT ! :-)

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 05:48 PM

lol, na its not that hard really, but I will take it as a compliment.

If you would like more details….

The colored shaft you see in the spring clamp pic, the bottom end gets glued into the bottom base, which holds it all together. and allows the base to pivot around. The 1 1/2” maple disc on top of the main shaft I sourced from a craft store, but they could be bought online if you dont want to make one.

Other than ensuring that the box you want to use has enough headroom to support the thickness of the maple disc, the lock tab in lid and the button head that caps the maple disc (minimal total of 3/8”) there are only a few holes to drill for the matching hole for the gravity pin to rest in when the puzzle box is upright.

To make locating the gravity pin hole easy, I use a slightly longer gravity pin and once the top and base are aligned, I press them together, leaving a small mark of where to drill.

The great thing about this is that you can get really good fittings of all the parts by dry testing the parts before final glue takes hold. I even go so far as to glue certain pieces and know that I have less than 3 minutes in most cases to test things like the placement of lock tabs attached to the lids.

Happy to field any questions…

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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