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Locked Dovetail Triangle Gift Box

by sneakypoo, published

Locked Dovetail Triangle Gift Box by sneakypoo Dec 9, 2012

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Instead of giving my nephews some cash in an envelope (which is what they want) I decided to check out Thingiverse for some inspiration of something a bit more fun.

I found this cool locked box and decided to redraw it to make it bigger so I could stuff some cash in there. I also made it a tighter fit and a bit more rounded while I was at it.

The name on the side is not included in the model I uploaded of course.

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I had to sand mine down to and made sure they would roll uninhibited but still opens sometimes when upside down. I noticed that if it does not open upside down that if I shake it about a bit (while flat on the table) I can usually get it to open.

Still it's a great piece and will make some recipients very happy. I will just print some extra rollers to give with it as spares for lost ones. 
 As a follow up. I checked the box that didn't work as expected and found that the discs didn't slide unhindered into the slots of the big part. I dragged the discs on a sandpaper a few times and now it works much better.
Strange, I just checked my two boxes and I have that problem with one but not the other. Hmm...

As for the other problem, yes, that bugs me a bit as well. Blame the original designer :D I tried coming up with a solution but I quickly decided that it wasn't worth the hassle for me. My first thought was to lock the discs in at print time in their slots but then you will definitely have the first problem since they can only roll down and not up.

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I love this. That being said I see 2 small issues with it (one fixable one not so much).

Yours has a name that gives a clue that the smaller piece is the bottom, however if you turn it upside down (the smaller piece is logically the top if not labeled) then it opens 8 out of 10 times in this position.

I think if the one of the 2 ramps were reversed (so if turned upside down it would roll into the locked position) it may fix this.

The second is that so far everyone that opened it almost lost the lock wheels as they fell out on the ground but I don't see any fix for this.

None the less, it's a great project and I will be giving some with gifts inside this year.
Strange, I just checked my two boxes and I have that problem with one but not the other. Hmm...

As for the other problem, yes, that bugs me a bit as well. Blame the original designer :D I tried coming up with a solution but I quickly decided that it wasn't worth the hassle for me. My first thought was to lock the discs in at print time in their slots but then you will definitely have the first problem since they can only roll down and not up.
 As a follow up. I checked the box that didn't work as expected and found that the discs didn't slide unhindered into the slots of the big part. I dragged the discs on a sandpaper a few times and now it works much better.
I had to sand mine down to and made sure they would roll uninhibited but still opens sometimes when upside down. I noticed that if it does not open upside down that if I shake it about a bit (while flat on the table) I can usually get it to open.

Still it's a great piece and will make some recipients very happy. I will just print some extra rollers to give with it as spares for lost ones. 
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