Autumn Rush

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Project by KelSnake posted 11-11-2018 09:26 PM 1703 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I certainly am grateful for that cool fall day long ago as a 16 year old when my Dad first showed me a bit of woodworking in our basement. He didn’t hardly have much but a milk crate of tools and yet there was this pile of raw lumber that was somehow magically transfixed into a beautiful corner cabinet for his mom. I wish I had pictures of the experience like kids can record now with their phones and what not.

In rememberence of my Dad, I built Autumn Rush, a 5 moves to open mechanical puzzle box. He always loved what I did with wood and he would just grin and shake his head, smile and hand the puzzle back to me unsolved. I know that our woodworking story had been a source of great pride for him. I would have liked to have more project time together with him, sharing the sawdust and the memories. I will miss that now that he is gone. I was sure that I was going to show him how to build a puzzle too, damn.

The second picture shows a bit of what is going on inside without hopefully revealling all my secrets ; )

For me, while I can expertly inset a pair of mini hinges into a lid and box, I chose to challenge this design by making the lid free floating, and it just feels puzzlier, if thats a thing. So, not only do I need to lock the lid, it needs to be held securely in place in the meantime.

All I can say is that I am supaa lucky to be able to remain a kid forever by designing and building these crazy contraptions for the confused and maladjusted, aka, my friends, my family.

As for solving it, it fits into a categorey described as sequential discovery. Which means that its still hard and likely a candidate for the ‘Penny solution”. : )

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 09:50 PM


Good to see you back posting! I was wondering where you had gotten off to…
Love the story about working in the shop with your Dad! My Daddy tried to teach us all a little bit but he had limited resources (He was a preacher and their salaries didn’t allow for a lot of decent tools – we learned a bunch about yard sales and auctions – and with 4 kids it was tough! Especially when my brother and I probably wrecked most of his tools at one time or another). He’s been gone for 6 1/2 years now and I still wish I had been able to show him what a laser engraver could do, or a CNC machine, or… well you get the idea.
Did you make a video of these boxes in action or would that be too revealing?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#2 posted 11-11-2018 09:52 PM

Sound like wonderful memories and cool boxes. They triggered some of my dad. Thanks for sharing.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 11-11-2018 10:03 PM

Hey thanks guys, I’ve spent the whole summer building 72 huge planters for our community, and just getting back to ‘my work’, lol I will post pics of them too. : )

I know right, my Dad would love the new cool stuff going on, just love it.

Ya, sorry, no video of this one. Collectors don’t like coming across a solution video before they have tried, lol.

Kep building gents, for hopefully we get to light that spark for another bright young kid.

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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#4 posted 11-11-2018 10:16 PM

Not a problem Kel… Just keep throwing out challenges! I love trying to solve them!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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Terry O

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#5 posted 11-12-2018 12:22 AM

Puzzle boxes are intriguing things that spark a curiosity and have an indescribable draw.
Well done.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#6 posted 11-12-2018 02:30 AM

Nice backstory. I understand that better than your hint at the internal workings of the puzzle. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 11-12-2018 07:32 AM

Very impresive mechanism.. I like the top wood combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 11-12-2018 01:15 PM

Hey thanks guys!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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