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Mahogany dresser with secret compartment

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Project by Julian posted 1915 days ago 15591 views 15 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was fun to do, and a bit challenging getting the hidden compartment to function perfectly, and be inconspicuous. I used African mahogany for the dresser, and baltic birch for the drawer sides and the rear compartment. For the color, I had to match an existing piece of furniture so I used transtint red-brown dye mixed with alcohol, then minwax red mahogany stain. The finish is my own mix of wipe on varnish rubbed with 0000 steel wool inbetween coats, then waxed using steel wool again. It is a very inviting piece to touch due to the silky smooth feel.

Here is a shot of the dovetailed drawers.
dovetail drawers
Here is a shot of the hole for the knob to open the secret compartment.
secret keyhole
Here is the secret compartment open
secret compartment
Here it is with the left side opened.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL





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codysmith

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#1 posted 1915 days ago

That’s real nice work. The secret compartment is very original.

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oldskoolmodder

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#2 posted 1915 days ago

Very nice idea and execution.

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GMoney

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#3 posted 1915 days ago

It’s a beautiful piece and well done. I know you have a lot of pics here, but I was wondering how you’d feel about maybe posting one from the front a bit more? I guess I’d just like to see the drawers in the front view. Feel free not to post anymore, it’s just a request. Anyway thanks for posting. Keep up the good work.

-- Greg, CT

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kolwdwrkr

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#4 posted 1915 days ago

Very nice dresser and great idea on the hidden compartment.

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#5 posted 1915 days ago

that is a great way to hide a compartment – just make it bigger! fantastic!

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lightweightladylefty

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#6 posted 1915 days ago

Julian,

Nice! Very clever hidden compartment.

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Julian

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#7 posted 1915 days ago

Thanks for the comments.

GMoney, The front shot that I took today didn’t turn out well, I’ll take some pics of it tomorrow and post them.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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SWO

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#8 posted 1915 days ago

Very nice design. How do you keep the hidden compartment closed? I can’t see any locking mechanism or latches. Just wondering. Also I have used the transtint before and liked it very much, but I never thought about following it up with a stain. Is that a better way to get a full color?

Again a great design and work.

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Chris Wright

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#9 posted 1915 days ago

That’s really cool. I beautiful piece of furniture.

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ShannonRogers

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#10 posted 1915 days ago

I love the color you came out with on the mahogany! It makes me want to touch it! So…what are you going to put in the secret compartment?

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#11 posted 1915 days ago

Very Nice I like the compartment to

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Viktor

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#12 posted 1915 days ago

Don’t you think that after posting this the “secret compartment” is not secret any more? Just kidding. Great design and finish!

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motthunter

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#13 posted 1915 days ago

that is a great idea for secret storage.

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Julian

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#14 posted 1914 days ago

SWO, there are two catches that hold the back closed. If you look closely at the picture of the compartment opened, you’ll see them.

GMoney, I updated the post with a new shot of the front.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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TomK

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#15 posted 1914 days ago

Love the hidden compartment.

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