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Recipe Box w/ Secret Recipe Compartment

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Project by ianlee74 posted 1533 days ago 2150 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a recipe box that I made for my new sister-in-law for her wedding this weekend. My wife had the idea to send everyone invited a couple of recipe cards and have them send them back to us with two of their favorite recipes. She volunteered me to make the box to put them in :) I decided that it should have a hidden compartment for “secret” recipes. The box is made of walnut sides with a hickory top & bottom. The divider, splines and lift are made of curly maple. The lift is a sliding dovetail with pins that hold the secret lid on. I ran out of time and couldn’t get the hinges working out right on the secret door. So, I decided to put rare earth magnets on the corners instead and they hold the secret lid on quite nicely. There is another set of magnets below the lift that lift the door open when it is unpinned. The finish is BLO with 4 coats of wipe on glossy poly. I would of liked to have put a few more coats of poly on but ran out of time. It still looks fine, though. Thanks for looking.

-- Ian, Tennessee





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ianlee74

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#1 posted 1533 days ago

I forgot to mention that the cutting board in the background is one that I made for my wife a couple years ago. It’s made of black walnut.

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#2 posted 1533 days ago

They both look great Ian

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 1533 days ago

Nice looking recipe box and a clever design for the hidden lid.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#4 posted 1533 days ago

Very nice and thoughtful as a gift.

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#5 posted 1533 days ago

Every recipe box should have a “secret” compartment. Great design and build. Nice combo of woods also.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

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#6 posted 1533 days ago

Nice work. Momma’s secret recipe won’t get out now ;-)

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#7 posted 1533 days ago

Very well done nice work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 1532 days ago

Very nice …does it hold standard size recipe cards ?

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#9 posted 1532 days ago

Great build. It turned out very nice.

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ianlee74

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#10 posted 1530 days ago

Thanks all. Dusty, yes it holds two rows of 4”x6” recipe cards.

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#11 posted 1530 days ago

Thank you and have a great day : )

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#12 posted 1283 days ago

Very Nice box, cool idea with the hidden space, I am sure she loves her new box and will treasure it always, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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