Brittany's Cabinets

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Project by Michael Brailsford posted 01-28-2009 03:15 PM 3522 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 01-28-2009 03:47 PM

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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#2 posted 01-28-2009 04:48 PM

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 01-28-2009 05:01 PM

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 01-28-2009 05:24 PM

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

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

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#5 posted 01-28-2009 06:31 PM

Well done and very interesting

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-28-2009 10:51 PM

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 01-29-2009 12:12 AM

nice secret compartment…and some pretty wood to boot…

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#8 posted 01-30-2009 02:50 AM


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 01-30-2009 06:58 AM

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 02-09-2009 09:22 AM

I really like this idea. Thanks for posting it.

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

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