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Project by KelSnake posted 10-01-2015 01:30 PM 4215 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As most of you know already, I like to design puzzle boxes that feature wooden mechanical locking systems. Add to that a passion for recycling, or upcycling as I call it.

I like to find unique vintage boxes in antique stores and then retro fit them with the locking mechanisms. This one is a fine specimen of leather bound boxes.

Every different kind of material was used from my offcut bins. Now, this lovely box is made all the more desirable with it’s lil 9 moves to open retro-fit.

I just couldn’t bear making a design that would have had me drill through the detailed leatherwork.
The ‘wand’ is what makes everything move inside.

Comments and questions always enjoyed.

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#1 posted 10-01-2015 02:08 PM

What? ONLY nine moves? You’re slippin’ Dude! :-)

Truth is, when I first looked at the “open” photo, for some reason I was reminded of this old game we had as kids. We played with that thing for hours at a time. One of us would solve it and then do our best to mix it up for the next person. And yeah, it was “All fun and games, till …” my brother got mad one day and used a butter knife to pop all the little sliders out!

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#2 posted 10-02-2015 10:45 AM

This is quite interesting. I’m becoming more and more intrigued by magnets and other means of locking, but I haven’t done much actual work with all my shop setup currently going on. That looks quite cool.

Question: that puzzle seems to be quite intricate. Do you feel that someone could actually figure it out? Is it too complicated with too many possible “guesses”, or does it provide tactile feedback that you’ve stumbled across the next step?

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