My box project for the 2018 box swap

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This ambrosia maple ” secrets box” was my swap box. The wife and I made a short trip up to Yale Il. to hand deliver to swapper Dave Smith. I have been making these boxes with their secrets for a number of years. Secret #1 is how to get it open. As my pictures of the workings on this box have disappeared I will show how to operate with pictures of other boxes.

By pressing on the left side of the lid medallion it will pop up allowing you retrieve the playing card from this compartment. Now slide the card half way thru the box top slot. This trips a plunger (second secret) which allows the lid to open. You now have access to the lift out tray and the divided lower space. You will see a brass pin in the lower back of this compartment. Pull it out now. That unlocked the slide out base which contains a hidden drawer. Secret # 3. The base slides on home made hardwood slides. Have been making and improving and selling this type of box for about twelve years. Probably made thirty or more and no one except all of you know the secrets. This swap was just right for me as second most favorite project is boxes.
If you want a little better information look into my Blogs here on LJs to check out the ” Persimmon Secrets Box”. Thanks for looking

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#1 posted 05-03-2018 12:58 AM

Nice work on that box

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#2 posted 05-03-2018 01:17 AM

The box you actually gave is not only spalted, it appears to have a curry attitude on the ‘drawer’ front
Excellent – one day I will make one or two or
All of them are beautiful

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 05-03-2018 01:59 AM

Very nice indeed.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#4 posted 05-03-2018 02:06 AM

Stunning box Vernon. Glad you shared the secret. Still over my pay grade. Nice to see you meet up with Dave.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-03-2018 02:17 AM

Really beautiful, well done!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 05-03-2018 02:22 AM

Very nice. That is a GREAT job on a really neat box!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 05-03-2018 03:08 AM

Very nice. That is a GREAT job on a really neat box!!!

- Kelster58

All of you make such great boxes, that I do not do any! Way to good for the likes of mine.

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#8 posted 05-03-2018 03:27 AM

This is too perfect! I would play with such box for days…

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#11 posted 05-03-2018 06:44 AM

Vernon, I don’t know how to express my gratitude to be the lucky recepiant of this wonderful and beautiful box. Everyone who has seen it absolutely loves it. And no one has figured out your secrets without help. I only wish I had more time to spend with my new friends, poo and moo. The box has found a special show place in our home. You are a true craftsman. Thank you so very much! I hope we meet again.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#12 posted 05-03-2018 07:23 AM

Excellent job, Vernon! Nice secrets too. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#13 posted 05-03-2018 11:03 AM

Very nice Vernon, we didn’t see the secrets in the reveal! It just looked like a beautiful box. Good job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 05-03-2018 11:08 AM

The box is gorgeous and the “secrets” make it even better. I hope you continue to be part of the box swaps.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#15 posted 05-03-2018 11:19 AM

WOW, squared…...............That is a super piece, Vernon!!!!!! You have outdone yourself again!!

BUT, now 256,768 people know the secrets!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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