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Project by Lori posted 09-06-2007 09:33 PM 3393 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just updated the pictures to use for entry in the secret compartment contest. This was the first piece of non-shop furniture I ever made. The plan came from Wood magazine and was made with red oak and oak ply. I decided to add 2 hidden compartments (1 on each side). These secret compartments were not in the plan but I thought they would be useful because my son is a police officer and can use the hiding place for one of his small pistols.

-- Lori

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#1 posted 09-06-2007 09:52 PM

Very nice. How many DVDs will it hold?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-06-2007 10:01 PM

Very pretty. And pretty impressive for your first decorative piece!

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

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#3 posted 09-06-2007 10:21 PM

Thanks for looking. I’m not really sure how many it can hold. I made it for my oldest boy and his girlfriend. They have a mix of videos, dvd’s and cd’s in it, but it still looks pretty empty.

-- Lori

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#4 posted 09-06-2007 10:37 PM

Nice piece! I’m sure your son liked it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 09-06-2007 11:22 PM

I saw this in Wood. Nice job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 09-07-2007 12:27 AM

Nice work, very neat for a first go.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#7 posted 09-07-2007 01:01 AM

Nice piece, and welcome aboard.

-- Dave J. Eagle, ID

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 09-07-2007 02:27 PM

I have that issue. I think you did an excellent job. It might even look better than the one in the article.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 09-07-2007 06:54 PM

That looks great, and that’s exactly what I want to build for my next project. Anybody know what issue of Wood magazine that was in?

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#10 posted 09-07-2007 09:39 PM

Hey Mattie, the “media storage cabinet” is in Wood magazine issue 160 Dec/Jan 2004/2005

-- Lori

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#11 posted 09-07-2007 10:35 PM

Thanks a bunch, now I just gotta find it. Great work on your piece again, very inspiring!

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#12 posted 01-07-2009 05:14 AM

Very nice job. I like functional furniture projects. What kind of wood and finish did you use? I didn’t see the little pistol though-LOL. I guess it was on duty at the time of the photo!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#13 posted 01-07-2009 07:39 AM

Thanks Ken. i don’t know if he actually uses it for the pistol or not, but I know he tried it and it does fit. The wood is red oak with red oak ply and edge banding. The finish was a very strange combination of minwax and even some cinnamon, yes cinnamon, colored paint. I was trying to match some furnishings they already had. No I never did match, but they like and use it anyway. The whole mess was topped with a few coats of wipe on poly (home-made).

-- Lori

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#14 posted 01-07-2009 12:13 PM

That is a good looking storage system.

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#15 posted 01-08-2009 07:31 AM

Very nice looking piece of furniture and secrets to boot. As long as no one knows that the name of his gun is “Lori K 200” the secret should remain intact.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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