Dressing Mirror that holds a secret

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Project by rdwile posted 81 days ago 1206 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing the bedroom set for my oldest son I wanted to do something special for his girlfriend. We have known her since she was born and has always been a part of our family. Now that she is graduating from university and they are making a home together, we could not be more happy for them.

I wanted to make something personal that was just for her; they did not want a mirror for the dresser so we decided I would build a dressing mirror. Now everyone knows what this is, but I had a very difficult time finding examples online, let alone plans to build one – so a design from scratch was in order. Of course this started with a model to make sure the scale worked with the dresser:

The overall dimensions were designed around the mirror as I found a sample mirror from a local retailer that’s 12”x12” and nicely bevelled so the size was set.

I wanted to incorporate something unique and cool into this, and what’s cooler than a secret compartment. This was to be a simple unfinished box that fit behind the drawers and concealed as well as possible. These boxes slide into the drawer opening and a rare earth magnet holds them in place in the back. These are a piston fit for the voids so they look like they belong if one goes looking for them. Here’s a look inside:

The drawers are to hold jewelry and the drawer itself has walnut dividers and yellow leather base. Each drawer has a removable tray made from purpleheart and lined with black leather for rings and other bobbles. The overall width of the base is 22” which provides an incredible amount of storage in this amount of space.

I will update my blog shortly with build details, but that has to wait until we give her the gift (no chance of them finding it here).

Feedback encouraged…


-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 81 days ago

A very nicely designed piece.
Great ‘fit and finish’.
Very well executed, ...and who doesn’t love a ‘Hidden Compartment’ or two??

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 80 days ago

super project. I’m sure your son’s girlfriend will really appreciate and enjoy it.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 80 days ago

Nice wood and design!!!

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 80 days ago

i have a similar dresser which belonged to my grandma
without the secret compartment
beUtiful addition
great build

-- shuja

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#5 posted 80 days ago

the dresser i was talking about

-- shuja

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#6 posted 80 days ago

Beautiful build, beautiful gift. Secret compartments are truly secret. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#7 posted 80 days ago

Very Pretty…. Elegant design…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#8 posted 78 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thank For Posting!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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