This project is absolutely mind boggling. Created by [Kagen Sound], this desk would fit right at home inside the MYST games. It has a pipe organ inside, and you can open a secret compartment by playing a specific tune.
Besides being an absolute marvel of woodworking, the hidden mechanics inside this desk make our heads hurt. The pipe organ aspect works by pushing in little drawers — this forces air into organ pipes at the front of the desk. But some of the air is redirected into a pneumatic memory board — which can actually keep track of the notes you play. When the correct tune is played, it triggers a pendulum which releases a secret compartment. All you need is a trap door over an abyss and you’ve recreated The Goonies.
Sure, it’d be easy to do that with an Arduino or something… but the pneumatic memory board is made of wood. Entirely made of solid wood. [Kagen] says it took countless hours to design, at least five different versions before he found one that worked.
And yes, it can be reprogrammed… but it’ll take an entire day to do. Besides the pipe organ, the desk features puzzles in almost every drawer. It was commissioned for someone very, very rich, and quite honestly — we’re very curious about the price tag on something like this!
[Kagen] is a master puzzle builder. In fact, he’s been acknowledged as a master craftsperson by the Karakuri Creation Group — a guild of secret box makers in Japan.
We’ve shared lots of MYST style puzzle boxes before, but most of us cheat and use electronics to achieve the puzzle.
[Thanks for the tip Nick!]