Knotty Jewelry Cabinet with a Hidden Compartment

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Project by Roger Gaborski posted 01-31-2009 07:03 PM 13336 views 37 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The main components of the jewelry cabinet are made from the last few pieces of air dried black walnut from a tree that was cut down in 1976. The doors are made from a piece of cherry left over from a previous project. I used the resawing method with my new MiniMax MM16 bandsaw to obtain the matching cherry doors.

The six drawers are made of black walnut with half blind dovetails and cherry pulls.

The secret compartment was made by keeping the drawers 2 inches shorter than the depth of the cabinet. The top of the cabinet is divided into two sections. The first section is glued to the cabinet and the last section is removable to gain access to the secret compartment. The joint between the fixed cabinet top and the removable section is disguised by jointing two cherry strips in the black walnut top. The secret compartment contains a box with a sliding top.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 07:15 PM

really creative. this is a true contender for the competitions. very nice job

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 07:23 PM

yes, unique and exciting…the knot “handles” are spectacular…

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 07:26 PM

Thanks. The cherry wood would have ended up in the fireplace if it wasn’t for the contest!

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#4 posted 01-31-2009 07:28 PM

great knot use! looks great

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#5 posted 01-31-2009 07:38 PM

Very nice!

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

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#6 posted 01-31-2009 08:26 PM

Some good design ideas here. The knot handles are a terrific idea, and great secret compartment. Nice project.

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

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#7 posted 01-31-2009 09:23 PM

Fantastic use of the knots!

Good Luck in the contest.


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

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#8 posted 01-31-2009 11:21 PM

very creative. great looking chest

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#9 posted 02-01-2009 12:35 AM

Wow – that’s amazing. I really like the box – it looks great.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 02-01-2009 12:40 AM

Wow that’s anice cabinet well done Now I know where your dough’s hidden I’ll be over in half an hour.LOL that’s serious tool money Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 02-01-2009 01:23 AM

Wow nice work!! I can almost see what I think is some crotch material for the sides or just some really cool grain.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 02-01-2009 01:25 AM

Roger Gaborski,
mtnwild, said exactly what I was thinking at first glance-great design ideas here. That left hand side of walnut is a knock out piece of figured wood. Congratulations on an excellent project.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#13 posted 02-01-2009 02:21 AM

Pretty cool piece, Now to start stashing 100’s back there.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 02-01-2009 03:03 AM

This is so clever!
An example of the ability to turn threat into opportunity accordingly – S.W.O.T matrix.
Great work Roger.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 02-04-2009 06:50 PM

Very cool!

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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