Recipe Box w/ Secret Recipe Compartment

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Project by ianlee74 posted 06-11-2010 05:58 AM 2365 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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#1 posted 06-11-2010 05:59 AM

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 06-11-2010 06:04 AM

They both look great Ian

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 07:02 AM

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

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 07:57 AM

Very nice and thoughtful as a gift.


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#5 posted 06-11-2010 08:02 AM

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

Keep it up.


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#6 posted 06-11-2010 08:25 AM

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

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

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 11:17 AM

Very well done nice work!

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 03:00 AM

Very nice …does it hold standard size recipe cards ?

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#9 posted 06-12-2010 03:36 AM

Great build. It turned out very nice.

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#10 posted 06-14-2010 05:45 AM

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

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#11 posted 06-14-2010 12:12 PM

Thank you and have a great day : )

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#12 posted 02-16-2011 09:18 PM

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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