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  1. My box project for the 2018 box swap

    This ambrosia maple " secrets box" was my swap box. The wife and I made a short trip up to Yale Il. to hand deliver to swapper Dave Smith. I have been making these boxes with their secrets for a number of years. Secret #1 is how to get it open. As my pictures of the workings on this box have...
  2. Oh How I Love Benches!

    Oh How I Love Benches! Who doesn't like a solid bench? Here are a few pics of some interesting designs I have made over the years. Mostly, these benches have been made from recycled/reclaimed materials. I actually use a large barnboard bench for my coffee table, very versitile. And, if you...
  3. Pomelle Sapele and African Mahogany End Table

    Small end table with a pomelle sapele top, qs african mahogany shelves, and qs sapele legs.
  4. Last box tops for 2013

    These are a few of the boxes made this year. The boxes with small legs are just that, medium sized jewelry boxes. The others are boxes with secrets (see my earlier projects postings to see how they work). The box with the blue lid medallion depicts the Alaskan flag ( made for a friend in...
  5. Jewellery Box 4 - a box for Frances

    The box is veneered in burr walnut with sycamore edging, decorative bandings and shell inlays. It is fitted with a Sankyo 50 note musical movement, which plays two tunes. The front of the box hinges down to reveal three drawers. The small burr walnut veneered box inside the main box - middle...
  6. A secret box - a box within a cabinet

    This secret box is part of a complex curiosity cabinet I made a few years back - I'll get round to posting the cabinet sometime. The box is disguised as a couple of the cabinets interior drawers. Its veneered in red maple with stringing to match that on the cabinet. It has shell inlays on its...
  7. Jewelry box - Klimt on a box

    Klimt on a box The Outside My wife and I have always admired The Kiss, arguably Gustav Klimt's greatest masterpiece. It was painted by the Austrian artist in 1907/8 and is thought to depict him with his life-long lover Emile Floge. On holiday in Japan in 2014 I came across a small three...
  8. Nogal And Spalted Hackberry Box

    This is another men's valet or jewelry box, better suited for the man though. It has my hidden compartments along with my hidden drawer feature. The notch on top of the center back wall is to allow cell phone charging cable to pass through for phone charging while lid is fully closed. The...
  9. Curiosity cabinet - Ancient and modern

    CURIOSITY CABINET - ANCIENT and MODERN So I've at last got round to posting my Curiosity cabinet. There's a lot of pictures to share with you. Hope you enjoy them, and the brief history lesson and description. Just ask if you want to know more. I have always been amazed at the delicate...
  10. Designing Woodworking Projects
    I am curious about learning to add secret compartments to boxes and eventually furniture. Are there any good resources for learning the historical methods and adding/designing secret compartments?
  11. Sweating for Bucks Through Woodworking
    I have not see a posting of a finished commission order so here goes. I have a (friend/customer) who gives me a nice order before Christmas every year. This year he requested two of the "I Have Secrets" boxes, eight all wood folding knives w/four of them made like a baseball bat and eight...
  12. Blogs
    Spaltted Persimmon / Secrets I have had this very unusual spaltted Persimmon board for a long time and wanted to make something special. Decided to do another " I Got Secrets " mans jewelry box. I have shown you one of these before but look out this is loud. The box has three secrets. #1 is...
  13. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    Fast & Furious with Rep. Darrell Issa ... a short 3:55 min. video describing it and current status with Atty. Gen. Holder.
  14. Designing Woodworking Projects
    My brother sent me this short video of a cabinet with shelves that have their own secrets. Very nice idea for storing guns or valuables. Just DON'T lose the key!
  15. Designing Woodworking Projects
    Hello! My name is Darin. I am new to the site. I am looking for hidden compartment ideas and the mechanisms that make them work. Working with wood is a new hobby for me since me and my wife bought a beautiful 150 year old Victorian home 3 years ago. Unfortunately past owners ripped out a lot of...
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