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drewprops
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Join Date: May 2004
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2008-08-17, 19:03

Hey, for you rabid Tolkien fans (how many rabid fans are LEFT after the movie series?) I've posted some photos and a brief video of a completely handmade wooden box that I built back in the waning years of the 20th Century (the early 1990s). The nifty-keen thing about this box is that it has a secret compartment which is activated by a hidden mechanism.... intrigued?



Take a look at the RingBoxx Photo Set or skip straight to the video of the hidden mechanism's secret activation.

What's interesting is that today I discovered that I may have confused the runic letter 'H' for the runic letter 'W'.... did I?

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2008-08-17, 19:04

You are one creative dude... that's all I'm sayin. You should join the Rink of Pain this fall. Virtual Hosket needs you.
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2008-08-17, 19:32

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pscates2.0
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2008-08-17, 19:42

Very cool. The pic makes it look larger (6 or 8 inches square, like a jewelry box), and when your hand shot into the frame of the video I realized it was much smaller.
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faramirtook
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2008-08-17, 21:36

I'm no longer a rabid Tolkien fan, but I still go through The Hobbit, the Trilogy, and The Silmarillion once a year, if not more. But that box looks really awesome, the engraving is one of my favorite Tolkien illustrations.
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Dave
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2008-08-18, 00:35

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Originally Posted by faramirtook View Post
I still go through The Hobbit, the Trilogy, and The Silmarillion once a year, if not more.
I think you qualify for the rabid fan plan. Now with new low rates!
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drewprops
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2008-08-18, 00:41

I usually read the books about every 8 years or so.... but that was pre-trilogy. For now I'm good.

I'd love to get this thing seen by Peter Jackson and such, anybody here on a rabid Tolkien board? Feel free to post it~

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Dave
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2008-08-18, 01:00

Oh, oops, forgot. Nice box, Drew
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drewprops
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2008-08-18, 14:17

Thanks! I've had 28 people watch the video!!
I didn't know there were that many people on the whole internet!!! O.o
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Mugge
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Join Date: Jan 2005
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2008-08-18, 14:48

It's really cool.

I suppose there's a little ball inside it, that needs to be a special place in order for the box to open?
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drewprops
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2008-08-18, 15:36

It's just a simple catch, really.
A hook that latches underneath something.... honestly, I can't remember how I engineered it. There are two copper pipes that act as rails, and a piece of wood which is pierced by two holes, through with the pipes fit. That piece of wood is lifted by a steel spring when the catch holding it in place is released. If you watch the video you'll see that I press the 'S' button back into place as I push the top back down.

The spring assembly really provides a strong "ka-thunk" when you press that button in!!

Steve Jobs ate my cat's watermelon.
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Mugge
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2008-08-18, 15:42

Oh, I thought it was like one of those maze boxes, as you kept tilting it around.
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Capella
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2008-08-18, 15:45

That's a gorgeous box. I can't read the carvings, but they look gorgeous.
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curiousuburb
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2008-08-18, 16:43

Cool.

But I pegged the central letter as the mechanism even from the still. Sits differently from all other letters.

Still cool. Or is that precious

Does the main chamber open as a box, or is it a pseudo-box with a hidden compartment? (i.e.: is it misdirection, or just mislabelled)

Probably worth a nice penny if you catch the right rabid ebay fans.

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Brad
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2008-08-18, 22:08

Great stuff, Drew. I can't wait to see what else you built in your earlier years, only to stash away for a future Internet revival.
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drewprops
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2009-10-07, 19:07

Crap! Surprised me to see this pop up again...
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Robo
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2009-10-07, 19:12

OMG I remember this! But for some reason I didn't comment, last time. So, here it is: comment.

Seriously, though, it's pretty awesome, and I'm not even a Tolkien fan (shocking, I know).

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Yontsey
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2009-10-07, 19:52

Wow, how did I miss this the first time around?

That is incredible! I personally would've made the ring compartment a little bigger and hide some "other" things in there. Would've been a great stash box, haha.

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