Da Vinci Code Cryptex

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Project by reddinosaur posted 11-07-2009 07:43 PM 15177 views 36 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 11-07-2009 07:53 PM

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

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 08:00 PM

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

-- Jess

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#3 posted 11-08-2009 01:46 AM

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

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 11-08-2009 06:10 AM

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

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 11-08-2009 06:35 AM

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#6 posted 11-08-2009 11:20 AM

Which issue was this in?

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#7 posted 11-08-2009 04:30 PM

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

-- RKWoods

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#8 posted 11-08-2009 07:24 PM

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

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#9 posted 11-08-2009 08:13 PM

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 11-08-2009 08:15 PM

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 11-09-2009 05:40 AM

very cool

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 02:49 AM

How fun!

-- Tony

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#13 posted 03-10-2010 06:41 AM

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

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 03-10-2010 07:03 AM

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


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#15 posted 03-14-2010 04:12 AM

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

-- What? Me worry?!

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