Jewelry box with secret drawer and hidden, magnetic lock

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Project by DanoP posted 899 days ago 10481 views 19 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks,
Here’s a small (~6×3 x 4 in) jewelry box I made for my wife for valentines day (I plan on filling it with chocolates – box of chocolates…) anyway, it’s made from nice figured maple and jatoba for the panels, trimmed with avocado, with drawers of poplar and Spanish cedar. Finished with wipe on poly.

Here’s the trick. The pulls on the drawer are held in place with strong neo. magnets. Plenty strong enough to stay in place while opening the drawer but with a little twist, off they come. Place them on the side of the box and they stick to small magnets attached to locking bars within the side panels. Slide them up, the bars come up with them and allow the hidden drawer to open.

The locking bars can be seen in the last picture. The slots that lock the hidden drawer can be seen in the fifth photo.

I’ve seen a lot of hidden drawers in projects on this and other sites but nothing quite like this. Has anyone else seen this type of hidden latch? Is it possible I’ve come up with an original idea?

Thanks for looking – it was a fun build.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#1 posted 899 days ago

Great looking jewelry box very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 899 days ago

Nevermind filling it with chocolates… fill it with diamonds. Give me all your chocolate and nobody gets hurt. Lovely looking box, well done!


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#3 posted 899 days ago

Well done, and nice pic on how you did the inlay. Will work well. Nice job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 899 days ago

Really nice, and I can’t say I’ve seen a hidden drawer of that design, cool project.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 899 days ago

Nice box and nice outside the box locking idea.
If you came up with it on your own, then yes, you’ve had an original idea whether anyone else has done it before or not.
Good for you and no I’ve never seen this before.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 899 days ago

This is really nice and I’m sure that your wife was thrilled.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 899 days ago

Brilliant! Very well thought out, and a good looking box too.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#8 posted 899 days ago

Now that is really “thinking outside the box”.

Well done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 899 days ago

Ken, you can see in the last pic, the pieces were cut to rough dimensions, squared up then epoxied together with tape as clamps.

By the way, I counted the pieces last night, excluding the hardware, magnets and felt, there are 74 individual pieces of wood. All of it was machined down from larger stock. Mostly 8/4 turning blanks cut down to 1/4… Gotta keep using up those scraps!

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#10 posted 899 days ago

Nice work. I do not know if your idea is original or not. but it is a great one.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#11 posted 875 days ago

Great idea for the lock.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 401 days ago

Are those magnets on the sliding sticks rectangular?
... where did you get them?
... I don’t think I’ve ever seen rectangular rare earth magnets…

I know it’s been a long time… Hope you’re still around… :)

Thank you, wherever you are.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 401 days ago

Hi Joe,
Those particular magnets came out of the disposable heads of one of those high dollar, “sonic” tooth brushes that your dentist try’s (and in my wife’s case, succeeded) to get you to buy. However, if you don’t happen to have one of these eight bazillion dollar oral care products laying around, give this place a shot K&J magnetics has 3/8 x 3/16×1/8 neodymium magnets for $.45 each. While you’re there, you should pick up a couple of there larger magnets (1/2×1/2×1/2 is about $3.50) jut to have around the shop and play with. You won’t believe how crazy strong these things are!!


-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#14 posted 400 days ago

Hi Dan!

I’m glad that you were still around to see this!

Thank you for the additional information… very interesting…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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