Mystery Lego Storage Box

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In this Instructable I am going to show you, how to make a Lego storage box, that can only be opened if you know the trick. Ever since I have seen this official LEGO Storage Brick I fell in love with it. The only thing that really bothered me was, that they slide open when you try to lift them (and the cut-out at the sides that is supposed to make opening it easier...).
I remembered this Mystery Box by fungus amungus and decided to use his concept, to make a better Lego storage box.

If you don't mind the cut-outs on the sides and the uneven bottom, you can of course add the lock to the original Lego storage box.
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Step 1: Stuff you need

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  • 6.5 mm plywood
  • 1.5 mm wood (as spacers)
  • 8 cm wooden pole
  • paint, primer, paint brush
  • wood filler
  • M2.5x16 mm screws
  • M2.5x8 mm screws
  • wood glue
  • magnetic lock (e.g. on amazon)

  • angle clamp
  • table saw
  • drill
  • 80 mm hole saw
  • 2 mm drill
  • 7 mm drill
  • sander, sanding paper
  • clamps

Step 2: Attach the side panels

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Start by attaching the side panels to each other, as shown in the first picture. To prevent the panels from breaking, drill 2 mm holes into the wood before screwing the screws in. An angle clamp is certainly very helpful and wood glue adds some extra stability.

Step 3: Drilling the holes

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Next you will have to drill the 80 mm holes. You can find the measurements in the first step. Afterwards you can use the plate as a stencil to mark where the wooden disks go later. Simply align the diagonals, as shown in the last three pictures of this step.

Step 4: Assemble the inside box

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The inside of the box consists of two parts. One with the holes in it, which has to be attached to the smaller side panels and one which will be the actual bottom of the box. Attach it to the higher side panels and glue both boxes together, as shown in the pictures.

Make sure, that all the screws are screwed deep enough into the wood, so that they can later be hidden.
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ynze9 months ago
aaaaaaaaaaaand another straight win! Congrats!
BrittLiv (author)  ynze9 months ago
Thank you! I really wasn't expecting it. Matthias is really happy, because he is going to get the tablet.
BrittLiv (author)  emilyvanleemput9 months ago
Thank you! I still can't believe it.
I think you really deserve it :)
Attmos9 months ago
Congrats, and cool project. I think it's cool that someone with your intelligence and knowledge loves the simple things in life.
BrittLiv (author)  Attmos9 months ago
*blush* wow, thanks!
hohohe10 months ago
You did a Great job, and Great instructions. Just completed box (just needs painting).
I obtained 3/4 wood letters (Arts & Crafts , AC Moore) and and have "LEGO" on each circle.
Thanks again for you instructable
BrittLiv (author)  hohohe10 months ago
Thank you! That a great idea! Any chance, that you could show me a picture?
hohohe BrittLiv10 months ago
Here is pix, still not painted. Thank you again
BrittLiv (author)  hohohe10 months ago
Wow, it looks great! Thanks for posting a picture!
enelson810 months ago
That's really cool!
Ward_Nox11 months ago
the only thing i would do different is i would make the "Key" a modded minifig
BrittLiv (author)  Ward_Nox11 months ago
Absolutely. It is in a lego brick now.
Ward_Nox BrittLiv11 months ago
that works esp if you could score a metalic gold one
poofrabbit11 months ago
OOH I want one!!!!!! I clearly need to own power tools so I can make this nifty box, looks amazing as always brittliv!
BrittLiv (author)  poofrabbit11 months ago
Thank you! A drill press, table saw and a scroll saw will get you very far.
Totally going on my xmas list this year! I am clearly a gal lacking in power tools! :)
eblount11 months ago
I'm very curious about your hole saw - I've never seen anything like it, but it looks like it's much better than the typical wing-cutter adjustable hole saws.

Can you tell us anything about it, possibly a source? Thanks!
BrittLiv (author)  eblount11 months ago
Hi, sure. I am sorry I can't tell you are source in the US, I am from Germany and was able to buy it in a hardware store. It is more stable than the adjustable ones (but also more expensive).
I hope you can find one in a hardware store, the holes turned out a lot nicer than the ones that were cut with an adjustable hole saw.
Black and Decker make a hole saw with 5 different size saws. Available at Walmart Home Depot Lowes and most any tool or hardware store.
criggie BrittLiv11 months ago
Looks like a normal hole saw to me - You buy them at fixed sizes for each hole, they fit over a mandril which is a normal drill and acts as a pilot or center bore.

Because of the diametre, you need either a corded drill or a bench drill press.

Another trick is drilling an escape hole in the valley of the cut, which lets the teeth clean. Also got to watch the temperature.
BrittLiv (author)  criggie11 months ago
Thank you for clearing that up!
www13911 months ago
pretty cool!
Amazing and very neat :). Great Job... as usual :)
BrittLiv (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya11 months ago
Thank you Tarun!
JonnyBGood11 months ago
I need a few of these for my knex. A little weird I know, wanting to store knex in a lego but it would be oh so convenient.
BrittLiv (author)  JonnyBGood11 months ago
I think it would be great!
Me too! We'll see if my dad is in on this.
a.steidl11 months ago
Awesome stash box idea!
jeradp2211 months ago
Very Cool
jeradp2211 months ago
Very Cool
dana-dxb11 months ago
nice ben voted
BrittLiv (author)  dana-dxb11 months ago
Thank you!
TheMrCOOLguy211 months ago
lindarose9211 months ago
OMG I saw that lego storage box just a couple of days ago online and I thought that I would have never be able to make one...yours looks even better than the original! :) Great job!!
BrittLiv (author)  lindarose9211 months ago
wow, thank you!
ynze11 months ago
Pretty smart!
Mindmapper111 months ago
excellent i will be making at least one of these, but I suspect that there will be calls for more!
Kiteman11 months ago
O M G !
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