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Project by KelSnake posted 01-18-2016 05:38 AM 1207 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Retro Blaster ~ A ‘25 moves to open’ puzzle chest. Two more moves will allow you to remove the treasure, which in this case is a brand new BOSE Bluetooth speaker that up to 6 people can remotely access.

The concept was to juxtapose the boom boxes of the 90’s with the design styling of the 1920’s.

This vintage carcass found me many years ago and am only just now paying heed to those little intuitive nudgings. The wooden frame is almost a hundred years old already, seems a shame to not put it to good use. Once I found out about the BOSE mini speakers, the itch to build intensified. Other vintage materials were used like the newspaper from the early 1903 to line two of the drawers.

The goal: To reach the power button on the BOSE speaker.

In the four drawers on the backside you will find the User Manual and the necessary cords to charge/power the unit. Don’t think that getting past what looks to be an easy set of doors has it solved, oh my no, not the case at all. The last door is heavily fortified and the best of luck to you on that one. And just because it was easy, I installed a set of LED lights that glow behind the speaker cloth, ...for night time use. ; )

This is a boys (ok, girls too) childhood fantasy come true!

Amazing what one can do with enough time on their hands!

Check out the Tiny Tour on You Tube.

http://youtu.be/DvviYsV04qc

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





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 05:44 AM

My Dad had a tv shop back in the day. He had an old Crosley. It was nothing as beautiful as yours. I only wish it was. I’m thinking it’s still in the basement. Yours is just , simply stunning!!

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KelSnake

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 05:50 AM

Hey thanks BurlyBob! I keep my eye out now. : )

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

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 01:28 PM

Most folks go to antique shops looking for pieces they can preserve. YOU look in antique shops for things you can tear apart!
Will the recipient of this know ahead of time that the prize is the Bose speaker hidden at the end of their journey?

I love the cabinet on this one. Looking at it all stripped down, I wonder if someone (not you, but someone else) would have made a mini-grandfather clock from it, using a new quartz pendulum movement?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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KelSnake

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 02:21 PM

Thanks Joe!

Actually, this carcass was found in just the shape you see it in. I knew right away I would do something with it, oh happy day! Yes, I am preparing a ‘walk around video’ that I will post on You Tube and add a link here. The video will be a mini tour complete with narration touching on some of the recycling aspects and honouring the work that went into the cabinet previously.

Next. ; )

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

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#5 posted 01-18-2016 02:24 PM

Excelent!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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KelSnake

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 03:09 PM

Thanks Gerardo!

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

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 01-18-2016 03:49 PM

That’s beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rtbrmb

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#8 posted 01-18-2016 05:14 PM

Snake;

Awesome job (ingenuity, execution) -love how you upgraded this antique with the sound of Bose!

What is the approximate size of the cabinet? Any more pictures of some of the details to share?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 01-19-2016 01:31 AM

You have out did yourself this time my friend. All this and a puzzle box too? Amazing!

-- 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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#10 posted 01-19-2016 02:08 AM

Thanks Charles and Bill!

Hey Jeff, just following the vision I see before me brother. Making it a puzzle box is what makes it highly desirable and easily sellable. Firewood ain’t cheap! ; )

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

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KelSnake

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#11 posted 01-19-2016 02:10 AM

...behind the outside doors is another last door, ...and it is locked in as many different and unusual ways as I could find! ; )

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

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KelSnake

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#12 posted 01-19-2016 02:14 AM

I make these knobs on the belt sander and the drill press, ...super simple!

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

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KelSnake

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#13 posted 01-19-2016 02:18 AM

...not sure why, but this piece just felt like it need to be there for the right ‘weight’ or ‘balance’ to be established…

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

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KelSnake

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#14 posted 01-19-2016 02:20 AM

...I added banding inlay to other strips of Walnut and made them into a frame around the first frame that was glued in previous.

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

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KelSnake

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#15 posted 01-19-2016 02:24 AM

...shhh, don’t tell anyone but the key to the back door has its own secret stash spot that holds the key in magnetically, ...come find me…

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

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