Mystery box

by jpark, published

Mystery box by jpark Jul 19, 2009

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I made this to drive someone insane. It will not open a hellgate in your living room or anything.


Laser cut this on 0.2" material, or adjust the notches to fit.

New: mysteryBoxClean01 files are for 1/8" material, and have small notched pieces to hold things together better.

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Thank you for the post and especially for the .svg file.but shouldn t the .svg file contain all the parts?i don t see the small ones.i want to make one until xmas,it would be great if you would post a complete scaled cutting plan.anyways,thank you for sharing this,it will be a magic gift for a lucky girl :)

Ack! Sorry. Have no time at the moment, but will try to re-upload later today or tonight. Just so you know, this pattern that is up right now will work fine, but is less secure.

Andy, you put the sides together (they only fit one way) first, then slide the brackets through the holes and push them down. I'll be making a video of it soon!

Excellent project for my son and me. A video would be great or written explanation -- we do read manuals.

How do you assemble it? (And how do you open it once assembled?) I'd love to try making one, but kinda need a pointer in the parts-to-box direction.

Great idea, can't wait to get back to work to make one and have a go at making my own. A mix of a magic trick box and the Da Vinci code vial I think.

So, it WON'T open a hellgate? Because... That's sort of disappointing...