Oriental Sun

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Project by KelSnake posted 07-28-2015 05:54 AM 917 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oriental Sun is a ‘17 moves to open’ puzzle box that has been made to fit inside this vintage Chinese Tea Chest.

The exterior is covered in ornate brass trim over a red painted wood octagonal box.

Once you have the key and can get past the padlock you are looking at solving the eight dial combination lock found on the top level. Look at the images in the inside of the lid and then translate that into a string of numbers. The eight dials rotate and the indicator points out to imaginary points around the dial (a typical clock orientation). Accurately align the dials and the top layer can be removed easily. The next level is locked by a two dial locking system, the code is actually the numbers found on the padlock. The push buttons on the outside serve to lock the curly maple cap from being removed as well as by the two dials.

The first thing I did was to make my two aromatic cedar layers, which were made from closet lining material that is 3/8” thick but were drum sanded to 5/16” thick. I laid out and drilled my holes for the 3/8” dial shaft followed by routing a tail to each one for the shaft pin.

A cool part of this lower locking system is that it uses two clothes pins in the mechanism.

I left the cedar unfinished and put several coats of high gloss on the knobs. The knobs on the top layer have abalone shell inlaid to the top portion. The lower knobs have a semi-precious stone called Tiger Eye inlaid into them.

All in all a fun project for such an odd shapped box.

Comments always welcome!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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#1 posted 07-28-2015 11:53 AM

Very nice box and work! This would definitely be a brain teaser!

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

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#2 posted 07-28-2015 02:07 PM

This is a very unusual and creative piece. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-29-2015 12:15 AM

Very cool. I need to look into this one a bit more…Thanks for the intrigue.


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#4 posted 07-30-2015 05:53 AM

Hey Thanks Guys!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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