Da Vinci Code Cryptex

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This is the cryptex from the Da Vinci Code. If you haven’t read it/seen the movie, it’s basically a puzzle vault/box. In order to open it you must solve the riddle and spell out the answer correctly. I got the pattern from a magazine called scrollsawer which I found at a local library. The riddle and Buddha on the ends were done on a laser engraver. I had intended the letters be done on the laser engraver too but that didn’t work out so I had to wood burn them last minute.

I used: walnut, oak, and cherry. The dowels are also walnut

-- Jess

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#1 posted 1727 days ago

Very neat, but you’re giving away the answer ;)

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#2 posted 1727 days ago

lol won’t be hiding anything good in there now =p

-- Jess

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#3 posted 1727 days ago

Welcome to LJ!! nice project. i gotta make a couple of those for my grandkids:-)0

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1727 days ago

I bought that issue just for this puzzle. (not that I’ve done anything about it yet.) Nicely done!

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#5 posted 1727 days ago

Interesting idea

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#6 posted 1727 days ago

Which issue was this in?

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#7 posted 1727 days ago

Thats really cool, I love Dan Brown’s books. You did a great job.

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#8 posted 1726 days ago

Incredibly cool. I have always wanted to try something like this.

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#9 posted 1726 days ago

Here’s a link to the issue but the plans aren’t available online (issue 27)

A little hint if you really will make it, the rings need a rabbet on it done on the router. The plans say to use something like a grip pad but if you do then you can’t see the bit as you’re working. I’ve read some forums about it and some people turned the rings on the lathe and others made the rabbet on a drill press before cutting out the rings.

Hope this helps!

-- Jess

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#10 posted 1726 days ago

One last thing- the inner “vault” is pretty small so if I were to do this again I would make everything wider. The plans say you can buy hollow dowels but I just made one on a lathe and drilled through. Also the vault’s door looks kind of dumb compared to the rest of the project. I’m not sure if maybe you can add tiny tiny hinges but i think that would look much better

-- Jess

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#11 posted 1726 days ago

very cool

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#12 posted 1725 days ago

How fun!

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#13 posted 1605 days ago

Great work. I may need to see if I have the patience to try this one.

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#14 posted 1605 days ago

Skipping ahead … the answer is …. N-i-c-e P-r-o-j-e-c-t


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#15 posted 1601 days ago

That is way cool. I saw it when I opened the LJ page and knew what it was. Outstanding!

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