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Project by mls posted 04-02-2010 05:02 AM 2123 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a video on You Tube of a box similar to this one. I must have watched the video a hundred times before I felt that I could design something that worked like it did. The video gave no dimensions or details so I can’t be certain that this one is designed exactly like the one in the video. But, in any case, this one works well. It is made of red oak, walnut and purple heart. If you turn the walnut layer, the top layer will fan out to expose the small purple heart and walnut cap. Remove the cap to expose a small compartment underneith. Once the cap is removed, turn the walnut layer in the opposite direction to close the fan. With the cap removed, it will fan closed further than it will with the cap in place. Once the top is fanned closed, the top will slide and lift to remove it. There is another storage compartment under the full top. The pictures are basically in order of operation. The box is finished with danish oil. There are alot of tedious small sliding parts in the mechanism of this box. I am not real pleased with the design because several parts must be glued together with sliding moving parts and can’t be disassembled. But it was just a low-budget mechanical wood project that I wanted to try.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---





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woodworm

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 06:01 AM

Beautiful box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 06:12 AM

Amazing box design. I would love to try something similar.

-- Allen, Colorado

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isetegija

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 07:42 AM

Interesting design and very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 11:24 AM

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 12:42 PM

Now that is very cool. Great job!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 01:59 PM

Very cool. Thanks for sharing this one.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 04-02-2010 02:24 PM

Does it self destruct if you don’t follow the directions inside?

that is really cool!

Thanks for posting it.

Greg

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 03:18 PM

Very interesting – Well done

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 05:42 PM

That is great, it looks fun. Very tactile.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#10 posted 04-02-2010 05:44 PM

thats pretty awesome

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#11 posted 04-02-2010 07:49 PM

Nicely done

Can you put the link for the video on you tube ?

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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mls

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 08:11 PM

Diggerjacks, I’d be glad to post the link if I knew how. I have a bookmark in my internet explorer to the video but can’t seem to figure out how to link it. If you can educate me, I’ll post it. Sorry for my ineptness!

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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Diggerjacks

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#13 posted 04-03-2010 07:47 PM

Hello mls
You select the link on internet explorer
right click
properties
copy the URL
Paste it in the message and clik on the third symbol on the top of this window (after B and I)

Or you go on you tube and copy the URL and paste it in the message

Hope to help you

There is perhaps another tip ….

Have a nice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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mls

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#14 posted 04-03-2010 09:12 PM

Thanks. Here is the link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMl0qubWYsI&feature=related

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#15 posted 04-04-2010 07:40 PM

Thanks to you mls

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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