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Puzzle Box Prototype with Double Spring Open Drawers

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Project by PhilosopherSteve posted 09-18-2015 12:15 PM 1127 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 09-18-2015 04:33 PM

Looks interesting. Read through your blog and enjoyed it a lot.
Looking forward to see how this looks and work once finished!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#2 posted 09-18-2015 04:34 PM

Looks interesting. Read through your blog and enjoyed it a lot.
Looking forward to see how this looks and work once finished!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 09-18-2015 06:16 PM

You are very innovative person (reading your blog and seeing a bit of a video) – I tip my hat to you.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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PhilosopherSteve

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#4 posted 09-18-2015 10:37 PM

Thanks for the kind words and taking a look at my other materials. I try to keep updates spread around and continue to give back to the community. I do plan on creating some more how-to videos on puzzles and other mechanisms.

I have a request to figure out how to incorporate magnetic locks on a project so I grabbed some of those baby cabinet locks and cracked on open. Fairly simple mechanism but maybe not so easy to make out of wood. I’ll need to do some thinking.

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