A Secret Compartment

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Project by Masterchief posted 01-11-2009 12:27 AM 4249 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am also submitting this table into the ”Knot like no other” contest. The original design is for a table I was building for a retiring Officer (our Commanding Officer). But I wanted to incorporate both contest theme’s in its final build. So what inspired me, well one the veneer did but I with me being a very beginning woodworker I wanted to put some work out there and se if I have the potential to do things like this. I truely do not expect to win anything but wanted to try my hand at it.

See the entire build here:

Additional Photo's are also attached below...

_The Project:_ When I seen the contest announced then I wanted to try my hand at it. The table is made from re-sawn 8/4 white oak, Ash (secondary wood) and Mappa. The Mappa is the knotty veneers inset into the top and drawers. The Mappa is a veneer with numerous knots in it and it comes from the poplar species. It is extremely hard to work and mend to your will... I seen all of the other entries, so I guess I may have missed the true "knot" concept. Nevertheless, this Mappa is definately like no other knot I have seen and I have been wanting to use it for some time now. The drawers are full extension made from Ash and pegged to the drawer front. The drawer bottoms are also panels of Ash I re-sawn; book matched and glued together then coved the ends to fit in the grooves of the drawer sides. The drawer fronts are the same wood removed from the front aprons to maintain grain direction. I hollowed out the center core and then inset the knotty Mappa veneers.

The legs are of my own design and something I drew one day in a book and thought it would go good with this type of table. The fret work at the top was a first for me.

The top is frame and panel style with again the Mappa inset into the center panel. The finish is oil and wax.

The secret compartment is in the center of the two drawers underneath. Access is by reaching under, removing the peg and lowering the drawer. The top panel slides down and then locks in place. The box is designed to allow for document, cash, or personal info to be stored. As the drawer is lowered the items will not come out until the top is slide into position.

Again, I just wanted to try my hand at a contest and hope you like it.

Here are some more additional photo's: Secret Compartment revealed

Fret work

Top completed

A knot Like No Other

Initial finish coat applied.


-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 12:38 AM

The finished product looks great, Billy! Beautiful woods and fantastic contruction details.

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 03:27 AM

Like I said before , real eye candy. Everywhere you look there’s something interesting and beautiful to look at. Great hidden compartment. Excellent design and wood selection, master work.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 01-11-2009 12:37 PM

Excellent work, the table looks great with the contrasting woods, the secret compartment is cleverly constructed too. Well done

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#4 posted 01-11-2009 02:22 PM

That is one sweet table. Job well done sir.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 01-12-2009 05:41 AM

Nice, a great blend of timbers and good design work. With your expertise, as shown in this work, it seems like you are about to forge a new life style for yourself?

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#6 posted 01-12-2009 01:59 PM

Thank all of you for such great comments. Building projects like these allows me to learn something new each time. I am still learning the patience, a plan, and execution is the key to good joinery, not the tools. Again thanks for the kind words.

-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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#7 posted 02-10-2009 07:45 AM

Wow!! Fantastic! AAA+ :-) No doubt, you can do things like that, win, lose or draw; you definitely have some potential.

-- 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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