|Project by AEdad||posted 11-26-2011 05:19 AM||3196 views||12 times favorited||8 comments|
I would like to start out by saying I got most of my ideas for this box from fellow LumberJock, John M (Secret Compartment Toy Box). Thanks for the inspiration!
As a kid (who am I kidding, as an adult too), I always had a thing for boxes to keep my “treasures” in. I would have killed for one with a secret compartment. So I thought it would be great to give my kids something I always wanted. This is the first of two boxes for my kids for Christmas gifts. This one will be for my son and my daughters will have and E and hearts will replace the stars (hers is just waiting to be stained.)
Anyway to the box. The entire box is made of pine. It measures 16 inches long, 10 inches deep and about 14 inches high. As a beginning wood worker I’m afraid if I spend the money on nicer wood, I’ll screw it up. I guess thats part of learning. For the main box I went with a butt joint because my table saw is a hand me down and I can’t get it to cut a good miter to save my life. I think the butt joint ened up looking pretty good. I used an ogee bit to route the molding around the base of the box. For the lid I made something like a picture frame, rounded over both edges and then rounded over the top side of a rectangle that fit down into the opening.
Now the secret. Shh don’t tell anyone. If you turn two of the stars a quarter turn and then pull them out the molding and attached draw will pull out of the side. The stars are attached to a dowel that has another smaller dowel through the end (perpindicular) on the inside of the box that way they can not be pullled out all the way and get lost.
As requested I have added pictures that show the locking system. Picture # 5 shows inside the base of the box. The dowel on the left is in the locked position and the dowel on the right is in the open position. Picture #6 shows the side of the draw. I chisiled a 1/4 circle groove in the draw and the base to allow the pin to turn and lock. I also put a rare earth magnet in the draw and the head of nail in the pin to help hold it in place. Hope that helps.