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A Secret Compartment

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Project by woodbutcher posted 01-22-2009 11:20 PM 3366 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Secret Compartment

This piece of Brazilian Cherry had been standing proudly alone for quite sometime in front of my small exotic woods bin. I wouldn’t use it, on several occasions for other projects, I had picked it up and admired the singularity of its’ shape. I knew always that it was one half of a strong beating heart. Then as unassumingly as one could imagine a confluence of needs arose which simultaneously begged that it be incorporated into something magnificent!
There was my wife’s request that I construct something to house her sewing paraphernalia, and then a challenge from Lumberjocks, the fate of the Knots use had become sealed. It was my most prized piece of wood in the shop. There was nothing less that could be used; there would be no substitutions this time! So to the bandsaw I rushed to slice open this most beautiful one half a heart Knot and allow the book matching to take place, which would then show how I had in fact put my whole heart into, creating something unique and original enough to satisfy the needs of my beloved. What better purpose in this world could this Knot serve!
So after all the melodrama, I used the bookmatched knot as the center of the sewing box. Since it was for sewing, I thought the box should resemble a sewing-thing. Hence the bobbin look! I assumed that you could hide a lot of things in a bobbin so I’m entering it in A Secret Compartment also. After building 16 drawers inside the bobbin, I still wasn’t sure these were really Secret so I made one other Secret compartment in the middle of the bobbins turned spindle. Everything is solid Canary wood or Brazilian Cherry. The dimensions are 34 ½” tall by 18” diameter. I’m Knot sure what it is exactly other than a carousel, table, dropping bobbin, sewing, box. This was a lot of fun to build and required a lot of firsts for me! Hope you like the colors, that’s all the tung oil would allow.

-- woodbutcher north carolina





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 01-22-2009 11:37 PM

This thing is an engineering masterpiece, not to mention the fact that it’s absolutely beautiful!

I am somewhat disappointed by your inability to square a corner, but hopeful that you’ll get the hang of it one day.

By the way, thanks for blowing the rest of us out of the water. :-)

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

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aldente

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#2 posted 01-22-2009 11:37 PM

very nice! If I sewed I’d want one.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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kolwdwrkr

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#3 posted 01-23-2009 12:03 AM

very nice. I like the way it comes up. How does it stay up when lifted? Do you have a groove and track it slides in, then just turn it slightly so it rests on the track? At any rate it’s cool and I like the secret compartment. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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brianinpa

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#4 posted 01-23-2009 12:23 AM

WOW! That is very nice.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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savannah505

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#5 posted 01-23-2009 01:46 AM

That is a very nice piece, and very clever.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Derek Lyons

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#6 posted 01-23-2009 03:16 AM

This is why I don’t let my Lady Wife anywhere near Lumberjocks – it’s not as if she needs more inspiration for projects to stretch my skills! ;)

Incredible work!

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#7 posted 01-23-2009 03:30 AM

Very nice!! This is really gorgeous…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 01-23-2009 04:01 AM

That’s the nicest sewing center I’ve ever seen. A true treasure.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 01-23-2009 04:52 AM

That is sew nice!!! You have done something really nice for your wife and I am sure she deserves it. I am sure that the thrill of building 16 drawers wore off fairly quickly in the building process but you designed and built a gorgeous piece. It looks like a winner to me.

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

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#10 posted 01-23-2009 05:04 AM

just excellent…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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isetegija

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#11 posted 01-23-2009 05:40 AM

That is absolutely awesome.
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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woodbutcher

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#12 posted 01-23-2009 07:51 AM

Thank you all so much for the kind words. CharlieM1958, I almost got the drawer fronts square, but alas they fell into a bevel cut, while traverseing the table saw blade, maybe some day I can sand one as square as you do! But I don’t know-LOL. Aldente, if I had to make another one, I’d quit sewing-if I could have to begin with! kolwdwrkr, I sent you a message explaing the pinning of the cylinder in the up position vs. ramping up the cylinder. I just hope what I sent made sense, I’m not much at explaing things sometimes. brianinpa-TY savannah505-TY much. Derek Lyons-the only Incredible thing was that it actually functions as intended-LOL SteveKorz-TY much Sir! mtnwild-Ty-I hope it’s the center of her sewing needs-LOL. Scott Bryan-actually building the 16drawers was a calming experience after chasing my lathe all over the shop, trying to turn the rings for it! BarryW & isetegija-TY both for taking the time to view and comment as well. AgainTY Lumberjocks-you’re much too kind!

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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TonyWard

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#13 posted 01-23-2009 09:22 AM

Great, good to see original ideas and work – well done that man!

Tony Ward

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~ http://www.tonyward.org

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cobbler

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#14 posted 01-23-2009 01:54 PM

This is really some project. You pulled it off in a big way.
Thanks for sharing.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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kewald

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#15 posted 01-24-2009 07:24 PM

Wow!

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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