Of course that wasn't good enough, and in true Myst fashion, decided to make a Puzzle Lock to hide a secret compartment.
I apologize for pictures only in the write-up. I tried uploading videos of this in action, but they didn't upload.
I hope you enjoy my project. Some parts are over the top possibly, but lots of good ideas in here I think!
Step 1: Secret Revealed!
Step 2: The Key is the Lock
So this is the lock design. The 4 levers are used to prevent the middle piece of wood from moving unless all levers are set to the correct position.
When they are and the button is pushed, the middle piece of wood moves back (towards the spring).
This causes both "L" pieces to pivot and pull the wooden blocks that extend outside of the lock box inwards. Once they move in, the cabinet underneath is able to slide back.
Step 3: How the Lock is Made pt1.
The wider grooves are 3 times wider than the wooden levers the knobs attach to. Well…there is an exception for the bottom one…I added a twist to my locking mechanism.
I used a router for this and got the straight cuts by clamping wooden guides to the plywood to keep the router going where I wanted it to go.