Da Vinci Code Cryptex Wood Box Build

Valor

Sr Member
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I built a really accurate Cryptex a number of years ago but always wanted the rosewood box that the Cryptex is found in in the movie. The complexity of the woodworking and veneer work always held me back. But this month I decided to take it on, AND do my first You Tube build videos of the whole process.

This is a replica of the rosewood box where the Cryptex is found in The Da Vinci Code. It is hand built using the same techniques as the box seen in the film including hand cut thin plywood and various wood veneer and veneer borders that were cut by hand and applied to the outside. All the brass hardware was laser cut from real brass to perfectly match the screen-used prop. The rose oval on the front is also removable (as it is in the film) to reveal a brass plate with a secret message.

The entire build is captured in a multi-part video series found on my YouTube channel:

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joberg

Master Member
Final reveal video is posted in the first post. If you want to watch this whole adventure.
Very good wood working/veneering (y)(y) I'm sure you know about those wax sticks you can use to fill some of the seams. It helps to tighten your final result. Are you going to put a coat of varnish/lacquer on top of that...or some kind of tint + lacquer?
 

Valor

Sr Member
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Thank you! I did seal it with a spray lacquer just to brighten it up a bit. I don't mind some of the gaps, the original has some.
 

joberg

Master Member
Thank you! I did seal it with a spray lacquer just to brighten it up a bit. I don't mind some of the gaps, the original has some.
In another life (my cabinet maker stint) I used to lacquer by hand. We used a crushed red brick to fill the wood pores and then apply the lacquer.
Trick of the trade; the red brick is a good filler, since the wood used was either mahogany or walnut. In case of high humidity, the background was turning red instead of the regular white filler;) Saved my life numerous time!
 

Generalurko

Well-Known Member
SO nice!
Any thoughts on offering the brass/secret message piece. I picked up the Noble Collection one with the box, but it's my understanding the Flower on the box doesn't have the brass/message on the back. It would be nice to replace it with a "real" one.
 

Valor

Sr Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
Thanks, I have the graphic I used. But honestly I just found someone on Etsy to laser engrave it for me.
 

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