Secret Drawer Box

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Project by NickJonesDesigns posted 06-20-2014 01:35 AM 4356 views 26 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was designed around a center “secret” drawer which is held in place by a hidden hand forged brass pin which must be removed for the drawer to slide open. The drawer is marked by a carved heart on this box as this item was a wedding gift.

The bottom 2 drawers of the box are divided into several compartments perfect for storing smaller items, while the upper two drawers, on either side of the “secret” drawer, are deep and long to accommodate larger possessions. Space under the lid provides a sixth storage location. All compartments are lined with velvet and the box features solid brass vertex hinges.

The idea behind the “secret” drawer was to create a private space for the married couple to store items of importance to them and their journey together.

I also made a second box out of Walnut and Zebra wood which is now on display at the Design In Wood exhibition at the San Diego County Fair. I will try and post some additional pictures of the Walnut box below.

-- Nick Jones Designs,

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 02:04 AM

Very nice, Nick! I understand why your work is on display in an exhibition! I’m not sure if it’s just the perspective of the pictures, but are they sides of the case pyramidal? I would like to see details/pictures of the brass latch, if you have other details. I like the walnut one just for the dark color, but they’re both awesome!

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 03:04 AM

I love both of them but I like the walnut a little more. It has some really nice grain

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 03:26 AM

Very attractive and outstanding craftsmanship. I also like the walnut a little more.

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#4 posted 06-20-2014 03:33 AM

Cool design and a great build. Beautiful.


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#5 posted 06-20-2014 03:34 AM

Gorgeous jewelry boxes, there Nick! You didn’t say what the lighter colored wood is for the first box. I like them both but I think I like the non-walnut box a bit more. Nice finish too!

-- SteveL

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#6 posted 06-20-2014 04:31 AM

Very perceptive Don. The sides of the box are tilted in a few degrees, which made the whole build quiet complicated but I think it really adds to the appeal of the box.

Steve – the box pictured is made of cherry and bubinga. Thank you for the kind words.

-- Nick Jones Designs,

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#7 posted 06-20-2014 08:33 AM

Very beautiful work. Very classy design.

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#8 posted 06-20-2014 01:29 PM

looks great

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#9 posted 06-20-2014 01:45 PM

Just beautiful craftsmanship! Love the secret!

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#10 posted 06-20-2014 01:45 PM

Very nice. Probably one of the most useful boxes I’ve seen.

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#11 posted 06-20-2014 05:35 PM

Nick, extremely nice boxes. Excellent design. Thanks for posting.

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#12 posted 06-20-2014 05:42 PM

Kewl idea and such a beautiful box you have created

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#13 posted 06-20-2014 07:06 PM

Very nice boxes. Great design, great wood selection. It’s nice to see inspirational work!

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#14 posted 06-20-2014 07:22 PM

This is a wonderful piece and a beautiful design. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 06-21-2014 01:35 AM

Beautiful, love the raised top.

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