Other things (may include boxes)

I've made all sorts of things with ply and the laser cutter at Leeds Hackspace, even parts of the Hackspace (see the kitchen floor below). For a year I was designing and making puzzles and props for a local escape room company. Some of them didn't even use the laser cutter, like the runaway wall, the tree house and the reanimated corpse.

Aslan's lectern

lectern front, lion rampant, celtic borders
lectern side, celtic spiral, celtic borders
lectern front, celtic letter s, celtic borders
lectern side, celtic letter a, celtic borders

Aslan's lectern

A prop for an escape game loosely based on the tales of Narnia. You have to collect parts of a stained glass window that fits on the top of the lectern. When all the parts are in place it lights up and releases the door lock.

Bits and Bobs

Turkish Delight box puzzle
Another puzzle for the Narnia room. For this one you need to rotate the top until all the sections of the pattern are blue before the top will come off. Or you can wrench it off, destroying the puzzle in the process. Which is why I gave up making escape room props.
Fake parquet floor with Hackspace logo
A fake parquet floor for Leeds Hackspace (with their H logo) cut and stained and ready for varnishing. So much easier than the real thing!
Top of box for homemade gins
This lid for a collection of fruit gins that I made etched out the lettering and filligree, which were then filled with red wax to the same level and then varnished to create an inlay effect.
Homemade fruit gins (boxed)
The inside of the gins box. The gold backing really didn't work. Or as a hinge in the previous picture. But the gins were very nice.

The Book of Leeds

Book of Leeds front cover
The Book of Leeds was the first puzzle box I made, based on the Celtic manuscripts of the 9th century. It is the same size as one of them, but I forget which.
The back cover of the Book of Leeds, showing how it was made in parts. Also hints that the entire thing was made by that famous monk, brother Warner.
Book of Leeds riddle page
The inside cover was a riddle. The answer gave you the numbers for a padlock that held the rest of the book shut.
Book of Leeds inside lid
The lid inside rotated and had an H in the centre which rose up to reveal the final prize and 'stained glass' panel sections of the pattern in the corners which lit up.
For various reasons it was never finished, but taught me a lot about making puzzle boxes.


Puzzle boxes from inside the Book of Leeds
Some of the puzzles that were inside the Book of Leeds. Each one had part of the code that gave access to the final reveal.
Puzzle boxes from inside the Book of Leeds
I tried to vary them as much as possible, so there was a spinny one, a blowy one, a colour matching one, etc.

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