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Project by Michael Brailsford posted 2031 days ago 3241 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built two of these for a specific location, but they were designed so that they could also be used as bedside cabinets. They have a secret compartment under the top. It is unlatched by turning the piece of wood on the back with my brand on it. It was a fun project and I enjoy finding a way to install secret compartments


-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#1 posted 2031 days ago

Nice work! I like the finish on it. Could you go into a little more detail on how you finished it?

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2031 days ago

Nice job, Michael. This is a gorgeous piece. The hidden compartment is a good idea and leaving the knot in adds some character to the piece. The inlay adds visual interest to the top as well.

Well done.

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

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Michael Brailsford

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#3 posted 2031 days ago

The finish was a satin wipe on poly with a little linseed oil added. Don’t ask me the ratios. I winged it till I got it where I wanted it and made enough to do both units.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#4 posted 2031 days ago

Very nice looking cabinets, Michael. I agree that the finish is great.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 2031 days ago

Well done and very interesting

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 2031 days ago

Great effort Michael. I like the design, very modern. Great inlay work.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 2031 days ago

nice secret compartment…and some pretty wood to boot…

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

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#8 posted 2030 days ago


There is a lot to like about the design of this hidden / secret compartment.

The design is I suspect just one of many in your library, a design which has evolved over time! Well done.

Tony Ward

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#9 posted 2029 days ago

beautiful, brilliant, and so simple…. Also bet the sliding top is also functional in the open position as well.

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

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#10 posted 2019 days ago

I really like this idea. Thanks for posting it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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