Walnut & Rosewood / Secret compartment boxes

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Project by Randy M. posted 09-12-2020 02:06 AM 854 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made these for some friends and wanted to see if I could make a secret compartment using the tray with magnets,

To get to the secret area just turn the upper tray 180 and the magnets will grip the magnets with the removable lower tray. (See pictures 3 and 4) I decided to use some cedar for the tray which I had never used on a project. Each tray bottom is bookmatched to try to have some grain feature.
The box is 11” tall x 8.5” deep and 12” in length with mitred corners – added some zebrawood splines for strength.

The drawers I could have done better on as this is my second attempt at small drawer application….
I decided to use Enduro Var Satin with a few coats of wax.

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#1 posted 09-12-2020 02:46 AM

Handsome boxes and the secret compartments are very cool.
Great wood combo!

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#2 posted 09-12-2020 02:56 AM

I like. Impressed with the wood mix, and the curlies just set them off. Really like the trays, they are a nice touch.

Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 09-12-2020 10:06 AM

very nice – great idea with the magnets

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 09-12-2020 10:35 AM

Very nice, clean design with the mitered drawer fronts, secret compartment is a nice touch and great idea with the magnets. Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 09-12-2020 12:06 PM

Thanks all for the nice compliments hope my friend is surprised.

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#6 posted 09-12-2020 04:30 PM

Very nice. That grain really pops!

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#7 posted 09-12-2020 09:12 PM

Super nice build beautiful material, job well done!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 09-12-2020 09:37 PM


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#9 posted 09-13-2020 01:26 AM

Nice design, and clever too. I like what you did with the drawer pulls.

-- Galootish log blog,

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