Your heart won't be safe from this Lego bookshelf safe

Blake Baer

Made for the 2013 MOCathalon, an annual competition that requires teams to build up to 30 Lego creations from 30 different categories, this Lego Bookshelf Safe isn't just nifty to look at. It's actually functional.

Well, kinda. Personally, I'd be a little suspicious of a little bookend composed of Lego blocks when everything else is made out of polished oaken boards.

A creation of one Blake Baer, the Lego bookshelf safe basically works like this: You move a book along the shelf, and the false front over the safe will swing open, thereafter revealing its contents.

Blake says that one of the bigger challenges was convincing the machine to start and stop on its own, given that he's using only touch sensors and concealed machinery. As for how it operates exactly, it apparently works something like this: the two bookends work in tandem to open the secret door in this creation. The right piece has a touch sensor, while the other left piece has a motor that powers the door.

Though attractive-looking, the various Lego books showcased were not actually part of the entry themselves, something that has engineered a certain amount of controversy in regards to Baer's work. Still, that's just logistics. It remains cool as a iced cucumber and we all kinda want one of our own.

[Blake Baer via The Brothers Brick]

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