|Project by PhilosopherSteve||posted 09-18-2015 12:15 PM||1207 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
This little project took up the last few weeks for me, and I’m finding it’s helping me move towards the ideas that I really want to make. The puzzle box features two sets of sliding letters, the sequence of which you must solve. Each set of letters is tied to a letter sequence that is written on the box. Solve the sequence, figure out what comes next and set the sliders. Once the sliders are set, you can move the two lock bars back which then allows the button to be pressed. Pressing that activates the two spring open drawers.
This project was just built as a prototype, hence the rough look to it. It’s a great to do this first, especially when working on small parts, sliding puzzles, spring catches, etc. I’d rather throw out scrap wood when something doesn’t work. I was able to take some of my earlier ideas about spring open drawers and shrink them for this box.
I like this style of puzzle box, in which instead of just having to figure out what moves, you see that there is a puzzle to solve. In this style I can include logic puzzles along with so many other ideas in my head.
I have a short video of the box working – prior to having the puzzle locks added over on my YouTube channel
I also have some extra pics and information over on my own blog
Now comes the fun part of refining the design. I get to decide how I want it to look. Figure out what doesn’t work well. Maybe even try to make the puzzles harder. Then build up any jigs I need and make several. All while also working on other ideas too!