wall unit with a surprise inside

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Project by sonny posted 02-24-2008 03:57 AM 1768 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was my wife’s idea I thought she was crazy but I made it anyway and to my surprise it works. Behind one section of this unit is a 10 foot Christmas tree, completely dressed and ready for Christmas. It used to take her over a week to dress this tree for Christmas, now it only takes 20 minutes to uncover the tree, the bottom section in the middle section are just made up of face framed and doors they unhook and come off ,the shelf on the top is about 10 inches deep and is made up of half-inch birch ply so it is very light and easy to move out of the way. It’s sitting on brackets and can be lifted off easily, the side is quarter inch birch and also comes off altogether counting the crown molding there are five pieces that come off exposing the tree behind. I put those pieces in the attic until holidays are over, then it’s just a matter of reassembling the parts.

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#1 posted 02-24-2008 04:49 AM

Very interesting! Who would have figured. Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 05:31 AM

I would never have guessed there was a decorated tree behind the cabinet. Obviously your wife is a very intelligent woman for designing something like this. Nice piece of engineering on your part as well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-24-2008 05:43 AM

I think this is a great Idea! Now everytime you want to buy a new tool just get out the tree, plug in the lights and put the tool under the tree addressed to yourself. Christmas all year for you!!

-- --Chuck

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#4 posted 02-24-2008 07:35 AM

As with Chuck, address it from her to you. Then give her a kiss and say thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 02-24-2008 11:51 AM

That is amazing. Great job.

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#6 posted 02-24-2008 12:04 PM

well that was a surprise, alright!!!
I’ve heard of a lady who has her tree in a closet so she just has to drag it out. I always thought “what a waste of a closet”.
But this … my, my, my… brilliant!!!!!
Great idea and superb execution.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-24-2008 01:15 PM

Quite ingenious. It sure would beat caring all the boxes out of the basement every year. We put up two trees each year! Compelments on a job will done!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 02-24-2008 02:34 PM

Now that is just brilliant. Not sure if your wife is one of the smartest ladies I have heard of, or just the laziest !!. And the bookcase itself is very nice too. Just a great idea.

” A Tip of the HAT” to your wife and to you as well.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 02-24-2008 05:41 PM

Nice work, but how do you get the tree out? Does the front of the cabinet open up?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#10 posted 02-24-2008 06:11 PM

Can I make one of these so that I can fit behind? Sometimes a hiding place is just what wee all need.

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 02-25-2008 12:49 AM

I would like to thank everyone for the comments I really appreciate it,the comments mean more when they’re coming from people who understand woodworking.

again thanks SONNY

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#12 posted 02-25-2008 01:09 AM

Very cool Sonny. With the added explanation, I can see how it works. Very ingenious!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 10-21-2008 03:09 AM

Looks good. Interesting idea; but for me and my kids its the dressing of the tree that is so integral to Christmas.

Well made!!!

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#14 posted 10-21-2008 05:50 AM

thats amazing!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 10-21-2008 06:40 AM

Now I know I’ve seen it all. ;-0 Thanks for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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