Hidden compartment Box

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Project by thresher posted 09-20-2010 05:03 AM 8793 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box has a unique hidden compartment. The drawer has 2 rare earth magnets sub mounted with epoxy in the rear panel in the #1 and #3 positions. The hidden compartment has 2 magnets sub mounted in the #2 and #4 positions. When the drawer is inserted upside down the magnets line up in the #2 and #4 positions and “latch on” to drag the hidden compartment out. The compartment is pushed back in the box with the drawer right side up (magnets miss-aligned) where it is held in place by a very snug fit of felt glued to all sides of the interior, thus preventing it from rattling or even being shaken out.
I also used the same magnets in the box and lid to keep it closed.
The box is made of bubinga with cedar compartments and finished with tung oil. I couldn’t resist the use of camouflaged felt for the hidden compartment.

-- Bryan - Be one with the wood, lignescent Zen.

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 06:14 AM

That’s cool.
Really good looking box. Great use of rare earth magnets as latches.
I would love to play with it in person to fully grasp how you organized these to work; seems like you have a really well hidden stash box.
Looking at your other projects, you make the coolest stuff!!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 08:08 AM

That is trick!! Nice work.

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

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 08:45 AM

Great Project and a super way of concealment.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 10:16 AM

Great looking box. The camo was a neat thing for the hidden box.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 04:17 PM

That is a very clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 04:22 PM

Nice box and cool magnet trick.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 05:03 AM

Very, very nice piece. Great design and craftsmanship… welcome to LJ’s… look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 09-21-2010 05:18 AM

Interesting box, and a clever hiding feature!

BTW, how did you get back up off the ocean floor?

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 09-21-2010 09:19 PM

wow, i really like the top inlay you did!
also a cool trick with the magnets

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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