Secret-compartment pencil holder.

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 781 days ago 5559 reads 20 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this project specifically for kids to make. I thought about what kinds of things I liked as a kid, and anything with a hidden compartment fascinated me. Even today, I would love to have one of those Scooby-Doo spinning bookcases that leads into another room! Anyway, this is an easy project that can be made with the fewest of tools and very little woodworking experience.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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Bill Akins

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#1 posted 781 days ago

Cool box. Fun kid project. I want a Scooby Doo spinning bookxase too. But I was thinking more Young Frankenstein. Put the candle back!

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Steven Davis

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#2 posted 781 days ago

Steve -

There are a number of wooden toy making books at Amazon. You can make everything from animated creatures to rubber band guns to airplanes and cars.

Not a birdhouse to be found.

-- Steven Davis - see me at and

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#3 posted 781 days ago

now that is really cool, and yea i love secret places also, this project was really neat, does this mean im still a kid at heart, i hope so…these would make great gifts foe some kids i know…..thanks steve

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 781 days ago

Very nice … I will have to make one of those.

-- Factory in a box ...

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#5 posted 781 days ago

Yet another item to add to my “to do list”. Thanks for posting!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 781 days ago



Perfect for using up small pieces of SCRAP!

I think I’ll make one for my wife!
... she still uses pencils, etc. for her Xword & paper puzzles!

I may have to put a piece of coat hanger in it… so she wouldn’t have try to take a pencil apart… LOL

Thank you, Steve… You did it again!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 781 days ago

Yet another cool project! Thanks Steve

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#8 posted 781 days ago

Awesome. Your ingenuity is amazing. I also dont think I have seen any of your videos that I didnt like.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#9 posted 781 days ago

Too cool! My Grandaughter is coming to visit (with parents or course) in a couple monthes. This will be a neat thing to make with her.

Thanks for the idea, Steve.

-- -- Don from PA

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 781 days ago

Great idea, Steve! That is a really cool project that kids (and adults) will love! Thanks for another great video! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 781 days ago

Dear Steve, This is just what I need to help my work with students with disabilities and young people. Thank you. On the presentation itself … it was, in my opinion, very to the point, interesting, valuable, well illustrated, and appropriately paced. The way you spice it up with dashes of humor is spot on. On a more helpful note, did you ever read anything about creating more interest during presentations? Studies pointed to the fact that when presenters on a television screen or monitor moved their head and body around while presenting they were more interesting and held audience attention longer than a person that kept still and only moved their mouth when speaking. Just thought you might like the study information for your future video presentations.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 781 days ago

Very neat idea, Steve!!..............Jim

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

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#13 posted 781 days ago

Thanks Steve, nice project for my grandson this summer. Think I’ll make one for myself, large enough to hide my new tool purchases.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 781 days ago

Good one Steve, you know my first two WW loves; magnets and secret stash areas. Thanks! Love the four screw hook up. Ingenious.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#15 posted 780 days ago

Cool project. It reminded me of all the mischievous items I stored in my secret box under my bed as a kid. Now as a father I can clearly see that a pencil holder size secret storage compartment is the way to go… I mean let’s face it, how many fire crackers can you really fit in there? : )

-- The Dude abides

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