A Quick Secret Box

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Project by Russel posted 01-14-2010 12:04 AM 6855 views 11 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a simple little box that was fun to make. A few pieces of African Mahogany and a slice of Walnut. I thought about making a sliding dovetail box like the WoodWhisperer demonstrated before Christmas, but I need more practice. So, I thought I would make the top rotate a bit. And, rather than move the whole top it seemed quaint to put a little cut in it.

That’s where the slice of Walnut comes in; the saw blade left a bit of a gap. Then the four corner plugs were to cover a bit of stupidity on my part. I clearly marked the side where I needed to drill for the dowel to allow the top to rotate. However, when I actually drilled the hole, I totally disregarded my mark. Thus, to cover the hole on the wrong side of the top, I drilled holes in the other three corners and plugged them. That wasn’t the plan, but worked out okay.

The box is 5 1/4 inches square and about 3 inches tall. The top doesn’t lock in any way, but it is ever so slightly deceptive. Relatively simple and kinda fun.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 12:25 AM

Very nice! There have been many times when I added a decorative item for the purpose of covering up one of my mistakes (of which there have been many).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 12:28 AM

Make my little box want to hide… ;0) Nice finish too. I like the look of contrasting plugs on things. I use them a lot to add to the design as well as cover them steel pegs (like Maloof used to say). Most people think they’re real pegs.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 12:28 AM

Sweet! I think the plugs actually add a little more “mystery” as to how the box opens – it tells the holder that the box is attached on all four corners. Great choice in contrasting woods as well!

Good build!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 12:54 AM

Very nice, Mark was looking for some small project o do I hope he can see that.

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 12:56 AM

I think it looks better with the plugs. Its’ funny how often I cover up my mistakes with something decorative and when I look at it later, I think it looks better.

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 12:57 AM

looks good. The slice certainly adds interest. I was thinking for a lock- maybe a couple of those super strong magnets to hold it closed until you are really ready to open it…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 01:19 AM

nice job, i didn’t think it opened at first.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#8 posted 01-14-2010 01:20 AM

I like how the grain of the side is matched to the top. I usually wrap around the sides to match the grain. I will have to try this look. Very nice.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 01-14-2010 01:28 AM

Custom Design Elements, not mistakes. I wish the hell you guys would learn the terminology of woodworking!

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#10 posted 01-14-2010 02:07 AM

Cool box well done.

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#11 posted 01-14-2010 02:48 AM

Nice save with the plugs.

-- BLOG -

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#12 posted 01-14-2010 03:04 AM

Very nice box & a nice save with the walnut I think it really adds to the piece.

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#13 posted 01-14-2010 04:38 AM

Nicely done box. Difference between pro and amateur is how well they can cover their mistakes… you did pro level.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#14 posted 01-14-2010 05:35 AM

We can tell each other here at LumberJocks about our mistakes and how we cover them up, but, Rule #1; What happens at LumberJocks stays at LumberJocks. Nice job!!

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#15 posted 01-14-2010 06:29 AM

Looks good Russel, you really like the AM don’t you.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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