Hidden Compartments in Wenge and Yellowheart tables

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 08-21-2007 05:58 PM 11970 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry in the woodworking contest.

Set of 3 tables made for my oldest daughter Nichole and her twin daughters Brianna and Alyssa.

Wenge and Curly Yellowheart.

Sanded the the top to 320 and applied 3 coats General Finishes Armor Seal
Legs and sides sanded to 120 and 2 coats of Armor seal.

Table design based on splay-legged table in recent Finewoodworking Magazine except splay angle is 95 degrees and the three table heights are 17 for the coffee table and 21 and 24 for the 2 end tables.

Edges of 1.125 inch thick table top formed with table-saw-cove jig, scrapped and sanded etc.

Tops made from a single curly yellowheart board, is 12 inches wide.

Coffee table is 36 inches long and the end tables are 18.

Mortice and tennon construction pegged with 1/8 brass rod

Added hidden compartments to the underside of tables.

Anigre, southern birch, honduran mahogany and Tennesse black walnut.

Sanded to 120

Seedlac shellac finish.

Sliding tops.

$4 Locking clasps from Rockler

Fun project to make.

box construction details …
Resawed 8/4 material to 1/2. Ran thru my Ryobi drum sander. Table saw grooves and rails. Glued and nailed. 1/4 birch plywood bottoms and screwed in underside of table top.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-21-2007 06:02 PM

Nice! Of course, now we know where to look for the family jewels.

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

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 08-21-2007 08:18 PM

Great addition. I love how you used beautiful wood on something that will 99.9% of the time will be completely hidden from view. I’ve thought of making something like this but sized to accept one of those fireproof boxes.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 08-22-2007 12:55 AM

now isn’t that sneaky!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 08-22-2007 05:23 AM

Now, not only will she lose the contents – she will lose the whole table as the thief runs out the door with it tucked under his arm. LOL

Dan, I just love those small wooden boxes, by the way!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 08-22-2007 05:43 AM

I wonder how many thousands of $ have been placed in hidden compartments in furniture and then the heirs trash all of the old folks furniture and wonder how come they never left any money.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 08-22-2007 06:10 AM

Wha a great addition to a wounderful project, that is using your head.

-- Jeff B.

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 06:17 AM

Just wonderful, Dan. Those will be treasured for generations.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 08-22-2007 06:51 AM

thanks everyone for the great feedback !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 08-22-2007 07:05 AM

Nice concept Dan, the table ain’t bad either :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 08-22-2007 07:49 AM

Way cool. I have a real weakness for the hidden compartment concept. Thanks, Dan.
BTW, I won a wood auction from the source you posted. Can’t wait to see it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 08-23-2007 01:11 PM

Great idea Dan and great looking job to boot. Me being an old user, I was thinking what a great place to hide my stash when I was using. Lets hope she’s a hellava lot smarter than I am. You keep her that way Dad. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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