Secret Compartment Toy Box #1: Secret Compartment Toy Box

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Blog entry by John M posted 08-22-2009 08:26 AM 3118 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project is definitely my most ambitious to date.

How complicated can it be right? I’m sure for some of you experts out there, the answer would be “not very”. But for me, this project represents the largest scale project as well as the first that I have had to engineer important aspects entirely on my own.

Here’s what I’m doing:

I have a nephew who is turning 1 and as a special gift I decided I wanted to make him a “toy” box. I use the “s because while yes, it’s a toy box, I think that the real intention is for him to be able to keep the box for a long time and hopefully pass it on to his own son. If it lasts that long… ; )

The thing is, I wanted it to be more than a toy box… so I decided that I would build into this thing a secret compartment that I could make into not only a time capsule from this, his first year of life, but that it would be something that will be a secret that can be between him and I. Plus, when I was a kid if my uncle had built me a secret compartment box, I’d have thought that was pretty kick ass.

So the problem was that I did a lot of searches on the net to try and find outright plans for a box with a secret compartment and came up with none.

Well, I came up with my own and I think it’s pretty neat… but more on what exactly I am doing in the next post.

-- John, Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 08-22-2009 09:04 AM

I’m intrigued. It sounds like you already have a plan, but what about a shallow false bottom that can only be accessed from underneath? Rare earth magnets holding it in place in the corners, and a stronger magnet in the middle on the inside would require a “key” to open. If fitted properly, it would be invisible. Who would hold a piece of metal to the bottom of a toy box? Honestly…

I suggest this because one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen is someone who put a 50# magnet under the lid of a dock box and asked passersby on the dock to hand them the wrench on top. The sailor’s equivalent of liquid nailing a quarter to the sidewalk and watching people try to pick it up.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#2 posted 08-22-2009 02:27 PM

John, this sounds interesting. A “hidden” storage area is concept that I think most of us embrace at some point in our lives. At 1 I am sure it will be a novelty for him. I just wonder what he will be “hiding” in it when he is a teenager. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 05:14 PM

Sounds great. All kids like to have a secret place, where they can hide their most favorite treasures, and even their playboys from Mom.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-22-2009 06:41 PM

Unique idea

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 09:17 PM

this is wonderful…. and you can leave something special inside it for the first time he opens the secret compartment….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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