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This is a set of three stacking boxes which look like a stack of books but is actually two drawers and a flip-top box.

Anybody might walk right by this without knowing its true purpose! And that was the plan.

Made from a bunch of scraps, along with some purpleheart and other hardwoods, and some leftover sheetgoods. The drawer bottoms are 'flocked' they feel like suede but are a soft surface. Finally I got to use my #66 Reeder to scratch in the effect of pages in a book. The bottom 'book' can accommodate 8 1/2" X 11" sheets if so desired. I put in bookmarks in the upper two units, made from kerosene lamp wicks.

The graphics were achieved through multiple methods, either scanned originals or created with MS Paint, then printed on onion skin paper and then transferred onto the surfaces with clear gloss polyurethane.

This will be a retirement gift for a teacher with 35 years in the school system, I masked off her name for the photos.
I hope she likes it!

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Great Project! I think the teacher will really like it. Dan
 

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Are they one unit or three. Very cool either way. "magic book" and the middle one is "Harry Potter" LOL

My hands aren't steady enough for painting.
 

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Very nice!

I like book boxes, I've been wanting to make one for a long time. I like the drawer option.
 

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PK that is great on the sly storage. Tony would have slipped a semi auto in one of them, and some Kleenex. :)
 

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Wow, very nice, great work.
 

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Nice work on these. The paint job looks really good
 

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Very neat gift. Who doesn't love secret compartments?!? Great project.
 

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Very clever. Nice idea and nice execution.
 

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A nice gift. Well done.
 

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Thanks, guys, for all the kind comments!

This is the culmination of that vexing problem I had with mis-drilled tiny hinge screws from a week or two ago.
Though I was glad to receive some good information on installation methods, I scrapped two versions of the top cover of the yellow book before wising up and using big fat hinges screwed into the body. A little clunky, but I had to give up on those impossible #000 sized screws and go for something beefier.

Again, your approval makes the whole thing worthwhile. TY!
 

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Always great to have stash places. these will hide in plain sight!

Nice project!, glad you got you hinge dilemma sorted out too.
 
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