Made my wife a cryptex for Christmas

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Project by NirvanaFan posted 12-22-2016 09:33 PM 1197 views 14 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw Carl Jacobson’s video(s) on how to make a cryptex a while back. If you’ve read or seen the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, you’ll know what it is. Basically, it’s a puzzle. Once you line up the correct letters/word/numbers, you can pull it apart and reveal the contents that are inside the smaller tube. I think I’m going to paint the one end so you can’t see the glue where the ring attaches to the larger tube.

My wife is into puzzles, games, etc, so I figured this would be a cool present. I’m putting some hockey tickets inside, since we enjoy going to games. She better guess the code in the next 2 weeks! Overall, it took me about 12 or 13 hours to complete, but I could probably do the next one in 3 or 4 now that I know what I’m doing.

The ends are walnut, the rings are maple, the outer tube is poplar, and the inner tube is mahogany. I put a couple coats of polyurethane on it and then lightly waxed it.

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 12:21 AM

Very interesting.

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 04:34 AM

That is a really cool project.

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 04:49 AM

I like this. Very unique idea. Hope you don’t mind me copying this. Hope your wife doesn’t throw it at you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 02:32 PM

Interesting, I will look into this idea more.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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