Spaltted Persimmon / Secrets

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 07-18-2015 12:34 AM 1350 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 how to get it open. First you have to find the key by popping open the top. Do this by pressing down on the left side of the tops bookmatched medallion which is held in place with a couple magnets. Watch for the small notches in a later pic which shows how the top cantilevers open. #2 you find a secret space with the key. A playing card.

Then slide the card in the opening behind the upper front piece and the actual top front piece. Slide half way over and it will move a plunger made into the front top piece and the top will lift right open.

#3 Secret The box base is made to slide forward and contains a drawer which is just right for a protection device and some shells. This drawer can be locked if you want by dropping a brass pin into a hole in the lower divided section in bottom of the box to keep it from sliding out.

There is a lift out tray and a divided lower section under that.

There are many pieces to this project and it has been fun developing each one to work as they should. I have taken them to shows for several years and no one has found the secrets yet. I know this is long and some of you have seem my secret boxes before but I thought this piece of wood deserved to be shown. Thanks for looking.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#1 posted 07-18-2015 12:48 AM

Wow, that is absolutely brilliant! Great job man.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 07-18-2015 12:49 AM

That is s very cool box. I love the grain in that persimmon. I have neverr got a hold of any but it sure looks pretty!!

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

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#3 posted 07-18-2015 02:32 AM

Gheeezzow Vernon, your innovation, your craftsmanship, choice of wood and execution are absolutely outstanding.
Great job. !!!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#4 posted 07-18-2015 02:53 AM

I’ve never seen your secret boxes before and I’m glad this is the one I saw. Awesome.

-- This is not the signature line you are looking for.

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#5 posted 07-18-2015 04:50 AM

Absolutely a beautiful box with a great choice of lumber. You were right, this is a special wood. I am going back to read the secrets again to understand it better.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 07-18-2015 11:51 AM

Good job. The wood makes it even better.
Keep up the good work.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 07-18-2015 02:05 PM

I like this box .
The mechanism is very cool even better then the original and I will have to keep that in mind .
Love the persimmon ,Beautiful piece of lumber .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 07-18-2015 02:13 PM

That wood is amazing and your design and build are great.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 07-18-2015 06:48 PM

Very special indeed. Super awesome Vernon.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 07-18-2015 11:59 PM

Just amazing craftsmanship! The persimmon is just beautiful and the secret catches/compartments are very cool.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 07-19-2015 11:43 PM

Thank you folks for your wonderful comments. I have followed the projects you all post and I feel really lucky to be able to receive these comments from some of the best woodworkers on LJs.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#12 posted 07-19-2015 11:52 PM

Cool little “secrets”.
It’s certainly a beautiful box !

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#13 posted 07-23-2015 07:56 PM

Outstanding design and beautiful wood.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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