Introduction: Chess Board Safe With Hardware Chess Men

Here is a safe that I made. It uses neodymium magnets as locks for the drawer. The chess men are made out of metal, so they move the magnets, thus locking or unlocking the safe.

I credit the idea of this safe toAndrew Lewis' article in Make magazine.


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RememberThePlot made it!(author)2011-08-20

Very neat project (and result) here! I was thinking about making my own, and I was wondering about how much was the cost for all the materials needed?

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Data643 made it!(author)2011-08-20

I'm not exactly sure how much it cost, as I built it several years ago. The main box / board was very inexpensive. The magnets cost me $2.50 each from a local magnet store ($10 total). All I remember about the hardware chess men is that they cost a lot ($30 - $50). If you sourced the hardware better you would be able to dramatically reduce the cost.

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RememberThePlot made it!(author)2011-08-21

Ah, I see. Well thank you for giving an estimate!

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seabananers made it!(author)2010-04-11

no i didnt leave an e out of my comment below i forgot the c

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seabananers made it!(author)2010-04-11

i like this cuz i lik chess

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skimmo made it!(author)2010-03-29

ha i was think about making on of these the other day

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2010-03-26

THAT.....IS.....SO.....TOTALLY......AWESOME!!!! (faints)

but seriously, I wish you had done an ible, that looks so cool, just the chessmen themselves have already given me some ideas. Great work, 5 stars

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Data643 made it!(author)2010-03-28

 If you get Make magazine, it has a step by step guide to make this in issue 16

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52filipino made it!(author)2010-03-28

where did you get the pieces

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Data643 made it!(author)2010-03-28

 I went to the hardware isle in Home Depot.

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Musicman41 made it!(author)2010-03-26

I love the idea and the locking system.  My question is: How do you keep the magnets from falling out of the notches when the drawer is open?

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Data643 made it!(author)2010-03-27

 You just have to be careful about it     : )

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nativity4me made it!(author)2010-03-26

better idea: MAGNETIC BOARD....helps too keep those pieces in place if your in something thats moving (car, camper, etc). or have to interrupt a game for some other reason. :)

im gonna make this for hubby. hes a chess player, i am not, i need to learn.

love the SAFE idea, no one would know your valuables are in there, great idea!

MICHELLE


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noahh made it!(author)2010-03-26

 This is great. Alas, I read and reread that article, and was unable to understand the mechanism. If I did, I would make this.

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Data643 made it!(author)2010-03-26

Maybe this will help you understand it. The lighter colored wood bars with the notches in them are fixed to the base. The drawer also has notches in it. When the magnets are moved so that they are sitting in both notches, it keeps the drawer from moving out.

Hope this helps.

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noahh made it!(author)2010-03-26

 I think I get it now. Thanks.

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servion made it!(author)2010-03-26

I love it! its the next project on my (loooooong) list :P

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jman+31 made it!(author)2010-03-26

Very creative. I love the little pieces. Nicely implemented!

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