Large cabinet with secret compartment

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Project by Joel Shappell posted 11-25-2019 11:36 PM 1025 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for a wonderful family in Chicago. Each door is close to 200 parts. Self closing drawers at the bottom and a secret compartment that opens with the magnifying glass. There are magnets in the bottom of the magnifying glass that removes a small piece in the bottom center between the drawers that is just large enough for a little walnut box to hide candy for the kids. It’s a huge piece thus, made it in two pieces to be able to transport. Really enjoyed making it and loved the customer’s reaction to it. Video to the secret compartment can be viewed through my link to Instagram.


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#1 posted 11-26-2019 12:04 AM

That piece given me the impression of something from a tropical climate like the Bahamas or south pacific islands.

It’s flat out great!

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#2 posted 11-26-2019 12:45 AM

love the look of the doors,very unique,but hey can we see inside or is that a secret too.and if your gonna talk about secret compartments you gotta reveal the secret,but dont worry we wont tell did a great job on this.i may steal your door design though.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 11-26-2019 12:50 AM

I have a video of the secret compartment, but not sure videos can be posted here.


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#4 posted 11-26-2019 04:16 AM

Beautiful cabinet,well designed.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 11-26-2019 01:10 PM

Videos can be linked from here (like link to youtube). That looks great.

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