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I plan to make my eldest granddaughter a jewelry box for her birthday this year (September) as she hits two figures this time. Rather than just go for a regular design I wanted to incorporate a hidden compartment. My concept was to have a drawer in the bottom half and the usual lift-up lid and trays inside etc, but I wanted to put in a false bottom so that there could be a compartment at the back of the drawer - the drawer wouldn't go full depth.

I could do an easy solution with a carefully made removable bottom, but I want to do something a bit more 'exciting' and have it spring loaded with a hidden catch. That sort of thing would appeal to her. Does anyone have any designs that I could take the concept from and adapt? Easier than starting from scratch... Other suggestions for hidden compartments are also welcome.

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Can't help with any plans, but I saw Norm do one once where the moulding around the bottom was in fact a hidden drawer. I looked quite good I seem to remember!
 

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Aragorn":3mle8n28 said:
I saw Norm do one once where the moulding around the bottom was in fact a hidden drawer. I looked quite good I seem to remember!
I think I have that on DVD somewhere, let me know if you would like to see it.
 

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Speaking of which, the Norm merchandising empire begins to grow. There will be NYW DVDs available later this year.


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i can think of two lads that must have seen a few,( norman and restorer ) :D
 

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frank":1g5n8tk2 said:
i can think of two lads that must have seen a few,( norman and restorer ) :D
Hi Frank
Yes lots. could show you how !! not sure I could explain in writing as its part of the planing stage.
sorry
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Certainly found a few and some that the owners didn't even know were there (normally empty though) did find one with a picture of a long passed away relative of the clients in, certainly made the bill easier to swallow.
As far as making/designing them, as Norman says difficult to describe, desperately trying to think where i've seen an article with one in a jewelry box that would fit the bill but just can't think of it. (will let you know if it clicks) There most commonly found in bureaus where you've got a bit more room to play with. Best one i saw had 26 secret compartments!
 

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Hi Brian

if you could give us some idea of the style for the box, maybe we could come up with some ideas :idea:
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I like the spice box idea on the Wood Central winners page, but it's too large for Zoe (grand-daughter). Something with less drawers. I have made two jewelry boxes in the past -- see the last two items on this page http://www.managementtectonics.com/woodwork/objets.html

I'm thinking of a combination idea - spice box with lift up lid plus cabinet with door in front of a number of drawers. The secret compartment could be accessed under the lid, or at the back of a/some drawers, or (easiest idea perhaps) a removable back panel. The removable back panel would have a hidden release, probably inside the top. It could even be a slide-out design, where the panel drops through a slot in the base on release of a catch (could be hidden underneath).

Trying to figure out how to do it in a small design is what's making it interesting! I have found a couple of designs for fly-apart boxes, and a couple of interesting boxes that have built-in linkages to trap the unwary (all in long past issues of American Woodworker), so I'm feeling I could design something quite interesting. Now all I need is time....
 

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Brian,

there's quite a good description, with pictures, of adding a secret draw to a box in Doug Stowe's Box Making (Taunton: Newtown, 2004), p. 92.

The design incorporates the draw in the box's base, and could thus be a starting point for the more complex secret draw that you're after.

Hope this helps.

JS
 
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