Labyrinth Box

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Project by Chemeleon posted 05-06-2013 03:27 PM 2240 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had the idea of using a labyrinth marble game to unlock a box bouncing around my head for about 5 months now. When Baileigh Industrial announced their contest over on sawmill creek, I figured that was as good an excuse as any to start it (and more importantly, ensure I finished it fairly quickly).

My first attempt, I wanted just the weight of the ball dropping into a goal hole to unlatch things, but there simply wasn’t enough mass there to trip any latch I could build for it. This one is simplified a fair bit from that original idea, instead using a push button on the outside, that “connects” with the rest of the latch using the marble as a bridge between the pieces – no marble, the parts cant reach each other so the button does nothing.

The text on the logo in the center as well as the walnut part of the hinges were cut out on a CNC router I finished building a couple months ago, the rest is pretty standard box construction – dados and mitered corners. Its made of walnut, with maple for the floor of the labyrinth, some very curly okume plywood for the inside of the lid, and an unknown veneer that I then pinstriped with maple and walnut for the banding. The inside is just floored with some grey suede – hadn’t thought of it at the time, but using the same cloth for the backdrop makes it appear it has no bottom when photographed :).


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#1 posted 05-06-2013 03:38 PM

Awesome idea!

Don’t store anything you could need in a hurry, or the box won’t last too long :D


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#2 posted 05-06-2013 04:08 PM

Heh, yea – in the video, I actually had to cheat and flip it upside down to get the ball in the end position. I can win it within one or two tries normally, but trying to do so while also ensuring it stays centered on the camera made it much more difficult :)


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#3 posted 05-06-2013 07:47 PM

Awesome idea… Will certainly give this some thought as I have an old labyrinth game in the closet which would be cool to incorporate with the drawer concept. Thanks for sharing

-- Dan

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#4 posted 05-09-2013 12:15 AM

Very cleaver, and I like the contrasting woods.

-- Eugenie Woodcraft

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#5 posted 05-09-2013 01:56 PM

Great idea and great box! Cool way to open it. Like the design and wood colors. Excellent work!

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