|Project by ND2ELK||posted 07-20-2010 03:10 PM||11823 views||7 times favorited||26 comments|
I am in the process of finishing a crib and dresser for my first granddaughter, Haidyn Reese, who was born on June 30th. I decided I wanted to put a hidden compartment in the dresser somewhere that she could have for her own secret hidding place. Mom will know where it is at, just in case she wants to check it out once in awhile. I needed some way to open and close the compartment and had my brother and lovely wife carve and paint a fairy house for me. They are the talented ones in the family. Without the fairy house, you cannot get into the compartment. I am posting this now to give credit to my brother and wife and thanking them for the beautiful job they did on the fairy house. I also thought some people might like to guess where the compartment might be and how it works. I did do a blog series on how I built the crib if you care to look.
#2 The hinged arm on the right attaches to the back of the cabinet and keeps the drawer from opening too far. If you want to remove the drawer you push it up out of the way. The center slide arm attaches to the back of the cabenet with a earth magnet. This allows you to remove the slide arm when the drawer is out of the cabinet.
#3 The center slide arm has a magnet on the end that holds it to the back of the cabinet. There is a magnet on the back of the drawer that holds the drawer bottom in when opening and closeing the drawer.
#4 If you want to open the secret compartment, open the drawer, place the fairy house in front of the hand crafted plate and close the drawer. The magnets in the center slide arm come in contact with the magnets in the fairy house. As long as the fairy house stays in place the compartmet stays open.
#5 If you want the compartment to disappear, you remove the fairy house and close the drawer. When you reopen the drawer the compartment is gone. There is a piece of wood on the back of the center slide arm that pushes the bottom closed.
Thanks for looking and I hope this might want you to try putting a hidden compartment in one of your next cabinets.
-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa