Puzzle Box and Beer Chastity Belts for Bill Berklich

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Project by KelleyCrafts posted 09-18-2020 08:13 PM 1045 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, another swap down. A good one with many good projects out of this one for a beer swap especially.

I was given the task to make something for Bill Berklich. A good dude. I don’t know him well but I know he does work with the scouts. I respect that, it helps make independent youths to grow into real productive members of society. Can’t stress enough the importance of this today. So right there, that’s good in my book.

I decided to make it fun. I’ve had fun games, pranks, jokes, etc. in a couple of my past swaps and I seem to get a kick out of it, that’s all that matters right?

I grabbed some plans awhile back for free for a puzzle box from woodsmith here. Hadn’t built it yet but thought it was a pretty cool concept. Modeled after Japanese puzzle boxes from long ago and some of those required over 100 moves to open it. This particular one only requires five moves. So it’s fairly basic.

I also printed up some can locks on the 3D printer. These things are surprisingly strong. I was shocked at the grip of these. I felt like I would be breaking the can or something when trying to pull them off without unlocking the lock. I then bought some cheap brass locks to secure the toppers on.

Overall it was a fun build. The box was surprisingly complicated to make. I’ve made some fun fancy boxes in the past but this one was probably the toughest I’ve made in at least a couple years.

Bill appeared to enjoy the game to get to his keys, that made me pleased. I also included some pen blanks I’ve poured. He should be able to make some cool stuff with those.

How you all enjoy!


-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#1 posted 09-18-2020 08:29 PM

Fantastic package brother. Love the whole thing. The box looks sharp too and the personalized engraving is badass. Ya done Bill good :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Bill Berklich

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#2 posted 09-18-2020 09:07 PM

Yes indeed!! Excellent beer and fun. I think he locked the beer as both incentive and so my judgement wouldn’t be impaired trying to open the box. Gotta try to build one of these. And get to AZ for and in person brew. Thanks Dave

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 09-18-2020 09:45 PM

Thanks guys. Appreciate the kind comments.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#4 posted 09-18-2020 09:54 PM

Dave, these were amazing. I have always wanted to make a puzzle box. You did great on yours. Then having to open it to get past the beer locks, tricky! Love the logo on the box, nice touch.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 09-19-2020 12:27 AM

Thanks Jeff!!! Appreciate it.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#6 posted 09-19-2020 12:46 AM

Cool project and game to get the keys. I’ve been wanting to make that WS puzzle box and now I’ve got to try printing some of the locks too.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 09-19-2020 02:09 AM

Great job, Dave! Make a guy think in order to earn his beers!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 09-19-2020 02:49 AM

Dave, you brought a new level to the swap. I never would have thought of those belts and the box is fantastic.

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#9 posted 09-19-2020 06:12 AM

Dastardly. This may be the most inventive swap I’ve seen. Good job all around.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 09-19-2020 07:28 AM

I will mimic Rick—dastardly, inventive, Great swap entries.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#11 posted 09-19-2020 10:49 AM

Cool project, great job.

What issue of woodsmith was this in? I would like to build one.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#12 posted 09-19-2020 11:14 AM

Great project Dave! I’m not sure I’d have the patience Bill had before I was ice picking those beers into a glass!!
I’m thinking I may need to print me some of those ‘chastity belts’ for my reefer up at my store to keep my friends from dipping into my stash…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#13 posted 09-19-2020 01:02 PM

Great idea Dave! Excellent execution by you and Bill, I probably would have tried to beat it with a rock and somehow I feel like the locking caps would end up cutting me while I tried to pry them off bahahaha

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#14 posted 09-19-2020 01:45 PM

Chastity belts for beer – priceless!!!

I’m intrigued by the box build as well. It would make a really good Christmas gift for my youngest daughter. It has such a clean look to it. Who would think it is so challenging to open? Where do we find the Plans?

When I finally get a lathe, I’ll be giving you a call about purchasing some pen blanks.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#15 posted 09-19-2020 03:42 PM

I updated the post with a link but here’s the woodsmith plans I used.

Thanks for the awesome comments everyone. Appreciate it!!

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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