|Project by gtpreacher||posted 1497 days ago||4022 views||22 times favorited||21 comments|
This project was made at the request of my son and future daughter-in-law for their wedding reception. It was made to receive cards and notes from guests. I built it as a “mystery box” that looks like it has no way of being opened. It makes use of what is known as a “shaker latch” of the type most often seen in secret drawers and compartments in desks and dressers. The flexible strip on the bottom of the drawer is made of padauk. When the drawer is fully closed it engages a block on the inside of the case bottom. In order to “unlock” the drawer, a pin made from a 4-penny finishing nail is inserted in a hole in the bottom of the case to push the padauk strip up far enough to disengage from the block. The block itself is removable in case they would like to use the box without “locking” it. The box is made of oak with walnut corner stiles and walnut plugs covering the four screws that secure the top.
-- Phil, North Carolina