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Project by puzzled posted 01-08-2008 05:03 PM 12127 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the gift I gave my Dad this past year for Father’s Day. I have a fascination for mechanical puzzles and locking devices and after watching two movies, The Illusionist and the Da Vinci Code, I decided to build a puzzle. I got the idea from a picture I saw on the internet, The first one I built was a present to my Mom for Mother’s Day and after my Dad saw my Mom’s he just had to have one. These two puzzles were my first and second wood projects ever, not to mention I am working out of an apartment, so I was pleased with the way this one turned out. It is made from Cherry, inlayed with African mahogany and has brass hardware.

To open the cryptex, you have to line up a 6 characters vertically between the two brass studs. Once the combination is correct, only 13,060,694,016 different combinations, the inner tube will pull out revealing nothing. Next the top locator pin has to be removed, which will allow the top to unscrew, revealing a hollow tube to put things in. When I gave it as a gift I put a wooden bar, inside the tube, that had 8 very strong magnets strategically imbedded in it. One piece of inlay has a metal back and is held in place by 2 magnets. When the wooden bar is placed correctly on that piece of inlay it will release, revealing a hidden compartment in the base plate. Without the correct combination or breaking the cryptex, it is next to impossible to open and without the wooden bar or a very very strong magnet, the secrete compartment will not open.
Sorry for the poor picture quality.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#1 posted 01-08-2008 05:19 PM

Very interesting project. Puzzles have always fascinated me, specially the puzzle boxes.
Have never seen one quit like yours though, thank you for sharing it with us.

-- Still learning everything

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#2 posted 01-08-2008 05:21 PM

Pretty cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-08-2008 05:26 PM

I was just thinking about building something very similar. Would you happen to have more detailed plans on how this works? Also, have you thought of a way to hide the brass rod ends so that it looks like you can’t take it apart?

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#4 posted 01-08-2008 06:13 PM

Very cool, this could be on one of the recent treasure movies. well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 01-08-2008 06:14 PM

OK. That’s just plain cool. I might have to build one of those someday!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#6 posted 01-08-2008 06:46 PM

Nice. That’s a pretty complex undertaking. Well done.

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#7 posted 01-08-2008 06:59 PM

Incredible project, impressive accomplishment, thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 01-08-2008 10:34 PM

Amazing work. Good to see a very creative project coming from somebody that lives in the Hill. I grew up there and went to RHHS.

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 02:24 AM

wow…very creative!!!

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 02:44 AM

whoa that’s fantastic, great idea

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#12 posted 01-09-2008 04:58 AM

This is one of the coolest projects I’ve seen! I’d love to see how it’s made.

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 05:29 AM

That’s fantastic!

Of course, even though there are 13 billion possible combinations, all us Lumberjocks now know the combination is “KANSAS”. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 01-09-2008 09:24 AM

Where did you come up with the plans? Bet your dad just loves it too.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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