Bedside tables with secret compartment

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Project by irishcolleen posted 01-06-2009 07:10 AM 18406 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bedside tables are made of oak and oak ply, finished with poly. What looks like the bottom rail of the
face frame is actually a removable panel, held into place with magnets. I made a drawer that slides into the compartment. Sorry, the pictures didn’t turn out very well.

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#1 posted 01-06-2009 07:44 AM

Nice! Great looking boarder around the top and the neat little hideaway drawer. The pictures indeed turned out well.

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#2 posted 01-06-2009 07:52 AM

Ditto what skillet said- the detail around the top is super!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-06-2009 09:54 AM

Great project. You did it very very well.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-06-2009 03:56 PM

Nice table! And that is certainly a secret compartment no thief would stumble across.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-06-2009 06:26 PM

Very nice project. I’m looking into making bedside tables and have been thinking about incorporating a secret drawer. The magnets are a great idea.

Did you use a stain before your poly’d?

-- Jason

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#6 posted 01-06-2009 08:29 PM

I did use a stain, it was difficult for me to get it as dark as what they wanted. I am still learning. I did try a method on the top that I had read about in a woodworking magazine…I poly’d the top, then wet sanded with very fine sandpaper, wiped clean, let dry, of course, reapplied poly, did this 3 times, then buffed with wax. I think it made a nicer, silky finish on the top. Hope to make a dining room table using this method. I wonder if some sort of a latch would have worked well with the secret compartment….the magnets do work well, but I think if I do it again, I will buy those latches that will release with a little pressure on them. I think it would be a great idea to make a place on the site that we could upload project plans….with cutting diagrams -nothing that has a copywrite, of course, but it looks to me there are alot of talented people on this site that can draw up plans easily and share them! I for one, as a beginner, would like access to some free plans that use basic methods. I am too cheap to buy plans, so I usually draw it out, and make a cutting list. I need to learn how to use Sketchup so it makes the process go faster…..I am leery about downloading free programs, as my techie son says there can be some malicious script embedded. I know there is a free cabinetmaking program, that I have used, it is great….you could choose your methods, boards, and it would print out a cutting list that was pretty darn accurate. I had a hard drive crash, so lost that program. Will try and find it again if anyone is interested. I did not have any problems with spyware, etc with that program.

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#7 posted 01-06-2009 08:30 PM

Cool idea! Great job.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 01-07-2009 05:19 AM

Wow nice table I like the lower Drawer

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 01-07-2009 05:24 AM

Beautiful looking piece! Love the hidden compartment! You did a great job! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-08-2009 07:51 AM

Great secret drawer. Thanks for the post.

-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#11 posted 02-09-2009 09:19 AM

Love that secret drawer! Good work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 12-05-2009 06:13 AM

I would like to buy the bedside table would you sell it to me

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#13 posted 12-05-2009 05:05 PM

Thank you for the offer, however, they are already taken.

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#14 posted 06-03-2012 03:08 AM

Very nice. I like the secret drawer. Gr8 place for a pistol. Top-3 congrats also…. I know it was a while back, but, still, very nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 02-03-2014 03:29 AM

I really like secret compartments. Well done

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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