Hidden hinges and hidden compartments 4 boxes total

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Project by Blackie_ posted 11-03-2012 10:51 PM 8300 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Four various sized boxes one made from Red Bud, the other three made from Spalted Hackberry, I added a false bottom to all boxes except for one, the false bottome is opened by using the tray, the tray is the key, by picking it up and spinning 180 degrees then placing it back down into the box it latches on to the false bottom door by way of magnets lifting the bottom out as you lift the tray, this is my own design and creation, all of these boxes were all cut with a bandsaw.

Thanks and enjoy, comments are always great to read.

Box number 2

Box number 3

Red Bud box number 4

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 11:12 PM

Very nice work thanks for posting it….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 11:20 PM

Good Idea, I like the spalted hackberry. I made a box out of Red Bud for my mom and it was a nice yellow color when finished. Over the years it turned a deep brown, maybe the wood was photo sensitive to light.

But very nice boxes, they would make awsome gifts.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 11:34 PM

I like that you kept patterns continuous.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 11:41 PM

Like your design and beautiful character in the woods and heavy duty. They look indestructible.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 11:51 PM

Wow, they’re all really beautiful and well built.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-04-2012 12:11 AM

Thanks everyone

I wasn’t able to add chains to the lids on the boxes with the false bottoms due to the chain the screw being in the way of the bottom door being lifted out.

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#7 posted 11-04-2012 12:35 AM

These are some great looking boxes! The spalted hackberry is my favorite!
Nice work as usual Blackie!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 11-04-2012 01:06 AM

Simplicity using single color combined with natural grain pattern makes the boxes outstanding. I like the pin hinges.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 11-04-2012 02:39 AM

Very nice work.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#10 posted 11-04-2012 05:27 AM

Excellent piece of work. What is the idea behind making a false bottom?


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 11-04-2012 12:25 PM

Very nice boxes, Randy. I like the idea of using the magnets like that too!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-04-2012 12:42 PM

Randy, very nice boxes. I love the spalted Hackberry wood. Is that something you purchased locally or were you fortunate enough to get a wood find and mill it yourself? I live in Montana and don’t have any real good hardwood lumber suppliers locally and usually end up buying online. If this is something you purchased I would appreciate your suppliers name. I also make boxes and would like to try this wood. Thanks Doug

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#13 posted 11-04-2012 01:18 PM

Thanks Doug

I am sorry to say it’s not something that comes easy to purchase, I’ve seen it blocked and wrapped inside of woodcraft stores but not very often. All of my wood comes local via my chainsaw and I mill it myself.

Might try googling and see if anyone is selling it online, I can add that it does spalt very easy.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#14 posted 11-04-2012 02:52 PM

Randy these are sweet boxes

A great design


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 11-04-2012 03:01 PM

Very nice! Love the design, the wood, and the secret compartment. Experiment a little with the roundover/chamfer on the back of the lid and you can get them to stop just past 90 degrees with no need for a chain.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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