A Wat Jewelry Box with Secrets

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Project by Douglas Krueger posted 01-07-2009 04:57 PM 4279 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was designed and built as a gift for our eldest daughter and is based upon the roof design of the Buddhist Wats (churches) here in Thailand. It is composed of rosewood with Thai padoo for the hinges and drawer components. There are 2 secrets built into it:


The first is accessed by pressing on a very small sweet spot at the very top of the triangular piece. Pushing any where else will do nothing. The door pivots on the upper dowel while the lower set of dummy dowels is there to fool the unaware.


Once the door is opened, a long tray slides out and can be removed.


With the tray removed you can now access the wooden slide mechanism which releases a hidden compartment in the drawer below. A slight indentation was made in the slide to give a finger hold in order to slide the piece left and right.


This is the drawer in it’s ‘normal’ opened position.


With the slide pushed to the left, the drawer will now open farther to access the rear compartment.

Here are a couple more pics of the finished product





An this was the inspiration for the basic design



For those interested, here is the link to a 4 part blog detailing the build.

Thanks for looking and hope you enjoyed….................

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#1 posted 01-07-2009 05:03 PM

HOLY COW!!!! That is just AWSOME!! Ive seen alot of jewelry boxes on here and in shops, but this one is by far my favorite. Really great job!! Love the hidden compartments. Can you share how you made the hinges?

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#2 posted 01-07-2009 05:49 PM


Your daughter must be really proud of her dad.

Beautiful Job!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-07-2009 06:17 PM

Freaking brilliant.

Thanks for passing on those secret ideas!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 01-07-2009 06:18 PM

Great project! You really did a fantastic job. Really cool elements involved through out. Looks great! Congratulations on a terrific project!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 01-07-2009 06:28 PM

W O W !
Really unique jewelry box.
Thanks for an enjoyable experience.

-- Not my woodworking

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#6 posted 01-07-2009 06:44 PM

That’s a real marvel of engineering!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-07-2009 07:20 PM

Wow! what a marvellous creation..

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-07-2009 07:35 PM

Beautiful box. It looks like quite a project. Excellent job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 01-07-2009 11:39 PM

incredible and the inspiration behind it definitely was captured!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 01-07-2009 11:59 PM

That is really nice. I like the secret compartment, but what I really like is those hinges – going to have to try making some some day.

Your daughter is very lucky.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#11 posted 01-09-2009 11:53 AM

awesome piece

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#12 posted 01-12-2009 05:46 AM

An inspiration !

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#13 posted 01-12-2009 03:55 PM

You put alot of thought in this design and then put it all together perfectly.Stunning!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 05-20-2009 09:40 PM

mann thats intense, very nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 05-21-2009 02:53 AM

This has to be the winner for most unique and could be an award wining build

-- Custom furniture

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