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Rolo Vintage Style Puzzle Box

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Project by KelSnake posted 02-10-2015 02:34 AM 1660 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rolo is a “5 moves to open” vintage style puzzle box. Vintage in this case means that it is a used box that I sourced from a local antique store. Named Rolo because of the walnut part in the buttom shafts seen on front reminds me of the chocolate candy bar .

Could have I made the box, well sure. However there is great pleasure when building a puzzle box of this style as you get to work on the locking system straight away.

Each of the buttons push in and reverse polarity magnets repel the button back to its original position. The combination requires that a select combination of buttons pushed in and just the right ones left out will provide the right internal alignment in order for the lid lock to release.

There is a certain logic to figuring out which buttons might be the correct ones to push.

Once youi think you have the right selection, the bottom lock slider will move to the right.

The challenge for me here was to figure out a way to add the ornamental layers of Walnut and Curly maple to the ends of the existing 3/4” dowel. I attached a pic of my maybe too simple of a method. Clamp the block jig, pull the dowel through until the rough square end is touching the sanding belt, adjust incrimentally until perfect diameter has been reached.

Enjoy!

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





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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 02-10-2015 01:16 PM

Hey , you’re back. Just yesterday I was saying to the wife that I hadn’t seen any of your “magic boxes” lately.

Took me just a second for the connection to the name. Then, being a chocolate lover, it came to me. And your pic of “too simple of a method” hasn’t given ME a clue as to how it works. I mean, the push button combination is a simple idea, but the actual workings you do is what gets me.

Nice box!

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KelSnake

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 01:50 PM

Hey Joe, ...ya, been busy working on a huge/intentse full sized puzzle chest lately, but I thought I should take a break and build a few quickies.

Here you can see a better view of the button shafts themselves and how I had to cut a dado into the length of the shaft and then glue in a 1/8” piece of hardwood (end grain in) into that dado. A notch is marked and cut as it relates to its particular “slot” and the correlating pin that is attached to the Bubinga “unlock slider”.

The bottom picture is of the button/slider being marked for the pin. As mentioned, some buttons get marked/cut while in the pushed in position and some are marked/cut while left in the outermost/relaxed position.

I guess the other thing I had to do that was a bit different was to figure out how to hide the unlock slider (by being underneath the box) but yet still be able to have it affect the locked lid that sits above the tightly packed buttons/shafts.

I found a better pick of the belt sander jig as well. It is super important that the dowel fits as perfectly as can in the jig for best results.

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

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 02:14 PM

Your boxes are so cool. They always look so good and are highly functional. this is another great box! Someday, I need to try building a simple one, I have always been fascinated with hidden compartment in boxes.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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KelSnake

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#4 posted 02-10-2015 02:58 PM

Thanks Jeff, ...careful, ...its so addictive. And one of the great features is that for the most part you can use material from your offcut bins, you get the small dowels and neo magnets from craft stores, etc. They make wonderful gifts for family and friends and they become family heirlooms, wonderful stuff. Learning is inevitable, and so if you drill a hole wrong, or otherwise deviate from what your desire, it is so very easy to start over. Using an old box makes for great practice with almost no expense, and with everything to gain. : )

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

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 06:58 PM

So Kewl, I love your work someday I might get brave enuff to try one

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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KelSnake

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#6 posted 02-11-2015 01:40 AM

Thanks, ...its not as tough as it looks really. I like to tell folks that its a lot like “cut ‘n’ paste”, granted its a little more advanced than macaroni and glue, lol.

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

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mcoyfrog

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#7 posted 02-11-2015 07:06 PM

Hee hee kewl analogy

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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