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Alberta Springs Puzzle Box Retrofit

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Project by KelSnake posted 02-05-2016 02:00 PM 739 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Alberta Springs Puzzle Box is a 5 moves to open puzzle box that has been retrofit into a vintage wood Alberta Springs Whiskey gift box.

The design is not my original one this time, but a design that is from a vintage Chinese Document Box found in the rural markets of China. The design was shared, and so I couldn’t help myself but to build one. ; )

I glued on the trim around the three sides first. After the base I cut the uprights so they top trim would sit neatly on it.

Rather then overlap the upright trim at the corners, I left a little cut out by keeping each piece flush to the box corner, later filling in with a small dowel. Looking back, I might have chosen one with a smaller diameter.

The back end of the box has a 1/2” thick panel that has a pendulum weight that keeps the lid from closing completely when laying flat. Turn the box on its side and the pendulum weight is moved from obstructing the lid.

The other end has a 1/2” panel that guides the end locking piece. This end block is made up of a few layers that must be glued together.

The locking pins are cut from the extra length on the box lid. The long straight grain make for great lock pins.

When assembling, I glued in the top for the end lock piece at the very end as it allows me full vision all the way through the construction.

Once complete, I sanded all the corners and gave it a couple coats of Danish Oil and buffed it with a rag.

A very satisfying and quick build.

*I won’t be offering plans for this design on my site since its not my original design, ...but feel free to decipher what has been given to build your own.

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





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KelSnake

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 02:01 PM

This is the End Lock piece.

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

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 02:08 PM

The final top pieces being glued in and then sanded flush with the top.

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

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 02:12 PM

Ok, I should have posted this pick before the last one, lol.

This is the view of the box lid fitting into the partly constructed End Lock piece, marked and drilled and then tested before the final top cap has been added to the end lock piece.

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

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 05:45 PM

Great looking box, would love to know the secrets of opening it. any blogs on the build? Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 02-06-2016 05:14 AM

Thanks Jim, There is a video out there somewhere, but couldn’t find it to post here. The video is called The Black Document Box. Sorry no blog on this build as it isn’t my original design. You can find plans for stuff like this on my site. www.woodlockplans.ca

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

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