This project was inspired by my love of magic, trap doors, and speakeasies. I like the idea of hiding something in plain sight.
I got some positive feedback on my idea to use beetle-kill wood. It will be a challenge to find an economical source for this material but I think it brings a very authentic Colorado vibe to the design considering the large beetle-kill problem present in forests around the state.
I also got some helpful comments on the use of an arduino and a lot of interest with the idea to make a sort of puzzle box opening mechanism. I will have to think more on these two options and see which one is more viable with the given budget and time.