Solving a $10,000 Puzzle Box - Level 10 (One of a kind)

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Solving a $10,000 Puzzle Box - Level 10 (One of a kind)
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  • - Yo, what's up guys and welcome back today.
  • Today's a very special day.
  • I know I say that about a lot of days,
  • but today is exceptionally special.
  • Some of you may know I have commissioned
  • a custom puzzle by a fine furniture craftsman
  • and puzzle maker by the name of Craig Thibodeau
  • and master puzzle maker, Robert Yarger.
  • So about six months ago, I wrote an email to Craig
  • and I saw his puzzles online on YouTube.
  • He makes these elaborate puzzle cabinets.
  • You may or may not have seen these videos online.
  • They look like something out of the Da Vinci Code.
  • They're insane.
  • They have these non-stop compartments
  • and crazy puzzles incorporated into them,
  • and they're just beautiful to look at.
  • Everything is handcrafted from the marquetry to
  • the veneering and the woodworking is immaculate.
  • And I asked him if he would be interested
  • in building a custom puzzle box,
  • incorporating my logo onto it,
  • and this is what he came up with.
  • So this is two guys and a couple months
  • of really, really, really hard work
  • who've put together this incredibly
  • difficult, apparently, puzzle box.
  • Now it was very tricky for me to commission this puzzle box,
  • which by the way costs about $10,000.
  • Really hope this video does well. (laughs)
  • It was really tricky for me to have this commissioned
  • because I didn't want to know anything about it.
  • I wanted to be able to solve it on video
  • to share that first solve with you guys first hand,
  • and that's kinda hard to do when you're working
  • with the puzzle crafter on the project.
  • So a couple cryptic emails about, hey, Chris
  • would you mind this, and I'm like, I don't know,
  • I don't wanna know, and so Craig
  • finally sends me the final product.
  • Craig decided to incorporate this dark Wenge trim
  • on this box and using this nice, light burl wood.
  • Again, everything is really finely crafted
  • to fit precisely on this box.
  • This thing weighs, I would guess,
  • estimate somewhere probably between 10 and 15 pounds.
  • It comes on this base that spins
  • and makes it quite elegant to play with and to look at.
  • That's all I know about this box.
  • I don't know how it opens, I don't know where it opens,
  • and I don't know what's inside.
  • It's gonna be a mystery for us to figure out,
  • I can't wait to do it today.
  • I'm not going to be incorporating a timer.
  • I don't feel like being pressured.
  • This is the only puzzle of its kind in the entire world,
  • so I wanna take my time and enjoy it,
  • and walk you guys through it as I solve it.
  • So if you enjoy this video go ahead and like this video
  • or wait until the end if you wanna like it,
  • and subscribe and let's just get into,
  • I'm so excited, let's go!
  • Ooh, here we go.
  • All right, so I got these two camera angles for you guys.
  • So this one you can see anything going on on the front.
  • Look at how this spins, look at that.
  • And we got the overhead here, so you guys
  • can see if anything happens on top.
  • And let's go.
  • I don't know where to start, so we're just gonna
  • start pressing and pushing things.
  • (box clacks)
  • Oh, okay, so that happened.
  • (box clacks) Huh?
  • (box clacks)
  • Oh.
  • (box clacks) Oh.
  • So many things are happening.
  • (box clacks)
  • Oh.
  • Oh, hello.
  • What's this?
  • There's like a pen in here.
  • Oh, and it's got a magnet.
  • That's what that looks like.
  • With a magnet.
  • Let's have a look inside, shall we?
  • Not much going on in there.
  • So here, we have a little compartment
  • and we have this thing.
  • Look at the details on that.
  • Look at that, the dovetail.
  • We have this, I'm just gonna run this magnet around
  • see if there are any things to do.
  • Oh, you can see there seems to be a magnet here,
  • so that might come in handy later.
  • Here too, oh.
  • Oh, there's a, look at this.
  • Look at that, a little magnet here, with a hole.
  • I wonder what that could be.
  • Yoink.
  • That.
  • Oh, I thought we had somethin'. (laughs)
  • So that definitely fits in there.
  • Try pushing out some more sides, maybe.
  • Maybe after this.
  • No.
  • (box clacks)
  • No.
  • Hmm.
  • I need to get a lower view, hold on.
  • The one thing that I've seen in his previous videos
  • kinda like the snippets I showed you in the beginning with
  • his puzzles is that sometimes the drawers go in this way.
  • So maybe, let's have a look.
  • (box clacks)
  • Ah!
  • That worked, we have a drawer that just popped open.
  • Okay.
  • That's it.
  • Okay.
  • Okay, what does that do?
  • Oh.
  • Oh, look in here.
  • (box clacks) Huh, what?
  • What?
  • We've got two boxes with magnets over here.
  • Add that to our box pile.
  • Try not to get confused with how the boxes
  • go back, so first one we opened, second one.
  • Ooh, this does something, oh, whoa!
  • Look at that.
  • That just spun around, that just happened.
  • Okay.
  • What does that do?
  • Another drawer, nothing inside.
  • Look at here.
  • Another drawer
  • with magnets.
  • We got magnets on a lot of these things right now.
  • I'm sure that these could be used on one of these.
  • Put this back.
  • Nothing else opens, no.
  • Bam, baby.
  • Ooh, that's clever, look at that.
  • This has little locks on the side, see that?
  • That I guess are magnetized when that opens, so there we go.
  • You guys hear that?
  • Whoa.
  • Another little slab.
  • It seems to be stuck there.
  • There's this little doorway that seems
  • to be stuck with another box inside.
  • Can't get that box out right now.
  • Keep lookin' for crazy doors.
  • Oh.
  • (laughs) This thing just doesn't stop opening.
  • This is box like number 25 here.
  • This one has two compartments and it has this thing here.
  • All right, quickly getting very confused.
  • Does this come out?
  • Oh, this comes out now.
  • And another box.
  • With magnets.
  • Where does this box go?
  • As you can see, there's another box in here.
  • (box clacks)
  • 'Cause it's stuck by this little
  • brass thing holding it back.
  • Therefore, what, where did this guy come from?
  • That's new.
  • Also, has a magnet.
  • Another door.
  • Also, this one wants to come out more.
  • That looks like this might be useless.
  • So I definitely think the box
  • that's in there has to come out,
  • and I have to figure out a way to get that
  • clamp down in order to get that box out.
  • And I have no access to that so there has to be something.
  • Maybe I'll put this back.
  • Put this back.
  • By the way, how cool is this mechanism right here?
  • How cool is that, come on.
  • There's definitely something I'm missing, there's gotta be
  • another door that I haven't discovered or something.
  • Oh, see this one needs to come out a little bit more too.
  • This one's kind of stuck there.
  • This one and this one, these are both stuck.
  • Either they're stuck there intentionally
  • or they pull out further and I have to unlock them
  • to have access to that last thing, I believe.
  • By the way, this thing is absolutely incredible.
  • I don't know if you guys are as blown away as I am right now
  • by how intricate everything is.
  • Yes, I'm stuck, yes, I don't know what to do.
  • I'm not frustrated, (laughs)
  • but I'm actually freaking out.
  • This thing is insane.
  • Look at every angle of it, and you think,
  • here's my thought process is that these boxes
  • are meant to fit in certain spots
  • and are not meant to fit in others.
  • They have a magnet orientation on them
  • which only serves one purpose.
  • To reverse engineer something like this, to me, is insane.
  • Like imagine you had this idea,
  • and then you're like, oh, okay, let's work backwards.
  • I wouldn't even know where to start.
  • We're already in a place that is crazy complicated
  • with like 20 boxes here on the side.
  • I don't know how someone comes up with this.
  • And to build it so precisely with
  • the engineering and everything else.
  • Everything is so finely crafted.
  • I have no idea what I'm doin'.
  • I specifically told Craig not to send me,
  • he sent me a file of spoilers of him making it.
  • So if you look in the intro, there's those pictures,
  • and I actually didn't see those pictures
  • until after I make this video,
  • so those pictures you see are in a file that's locked
  • that I cannot have access to until I send
  • Craig a picture of this thing disassembled.
  • So for those of you thinking I'm using some sort of cheat
  • or anything else like that, obviously not.
  • That would defeat the purpose of this video,
  • and it'd be a waste of my money.
  • How cool is that?
  • There's like a secret button somewhere.
  • I wonder if this is just to sense magnets,
  • maybe put this in there, or to actually use it
  • 'cause I know it was used here,
  • but maybe it's gonna be used somewhere else.
  • Was not used at all, where's the magnet here?
  • There's a magnet here.
  • Let's have a look underneath.
  • That's why I got a glass table, guys.
  • I don't wanna flip this thing upside down.
  • He told me not to flip it upside down, by the way.
  • In an email, he's like, that brass part could fall out
  • just 'cause he wants me to be able
  • to polish it if I need to polish it.
  • So let's have a look underneath.
  • Okay, oh.
  • Oh, hello.
  • So we have, I don't know if you can see this on camera here,
  • we have a little dip here.
  • I don't know what that dip is for.
  • And ladies and gentlemen, we have a hole
  • that looks about the size of my tool.
  • Where's my tool?
  • This thing.
  • There's a hole under here that has about the same size
  • as that tool.
  • Ooh, that' heavy.
  • Ah!
  • Ohoho!
  • Hello.
  • Ow, it's crushing my hand.
  • What's happening?
  • (shouts)
  • Oh my God.
  • You guys see that, do you guys see that up there?
  • Look.
  • Look what's here.
  • (gasps)
  • (gasps)
  • It's a playing card with my logo.
  • Kind of spades, it's made of wood,
  • and it looks like, yep, it has a magnet.
  • This is not only a card, ladies and gentlemen,
  • this is a key card, and I bet you
  • after several hours of just spinning this thing around,
  • after several hours of scratching my head,
  • where's that little dip, I think it was on this side.
  • So there's this little dip here,
  • can you see that by the way?
  • Here, I'll lift it up so you guys can see it.
  • Right there, you see that?
  • So I saw that from underneath and I bet you
  • it goes in.
  • (gasps)
  • Oh yeah, look at that.
  • You guys see that?
  • So that little piece is magnetized
  • with this card and it pulls it down.
  • And I'm betting, where's my brown box?
  • And I'm betting that this is the final box.
  • What?
  • We have a deck of cards.
  • Some Archangels, right on.
  • What?
  • And in here. (clinking)
  • Oh, this is when you know you've made it.
  • This is Craig's thing when you've solved
  • his puzzle completely he gives you a coin,
  • but there feels like there's two coins in here.
  • And that's kinda like your prize.
  • So we have Craig Thibodeau right here.
  • CT Fine Furniture.
  • And we have this guy, little stick figure.
  • Wow.
  • Look at this mess.
  • Look at this mess.
  • This is insane.
  • That's so much work.
  • I'm actually ecstatic right now, I think this is a...
  • Yeah, I'm at a loss for words at how much
  • time went into the thought process.
  • All right, so I'm gonna keep the deck of cards out,
  • I'm gonna keep the coins in this little box.
  • Which way does this go?
  • Back into, oh man, this is gonna be a headache.
  • Yep, here.
  • (pleasant music)
  • And the final piece, there you go.
  • The box is now complete.
  • I have my very own deck of cards, Archangels.
  • And that is it.
  • Hope you guys enjoyed that puzzle solving process.
  • Well there you have it.
  • I don't know if you guys are as impressed as I am,
  • but I am so happy with the final product.
  • This has been a long time, a lot of emails
  • back and forth between Craig and myself.
  • I'm really, really satisfied with this puzzle.
  • I think it's extraordinary.
  • I think it's a beautiful piece to have in the show room
  • for people to play around with.
  • Obviously wash your hands, wash your
  • stinkin' mitts before you touch it, but no.
  • I'm definitely gonna keep it in
  • a safe place and try not to break it.
  • That will be my goal.
  • Thank you guys for watching.
  • Thank you to Craig and Robert for making this happen.
  • I really hope you guys enjoyed this video.
  • This is one of my favorite videos to produce to date.
  • One of the most exciting projects
  • that I've worked on personally.
  • I had to see what would come of something like this,
  • and I am not disappointed.
  • So guys, anyways, like this video,
  • subscribe if you're new here and we'll
  • see you on the next video, peace.
  • (pleasant music)

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