Jewelry Box with Hidden Compartment

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Project by Chips posted 03-19-2012 06:02 PM 7441 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My granddaughters got their ears pierced. (age 5 and 6) I am sure this starts the jewelry collecting so I made them a jewelry box. As an afterthought I decided to add a removable bottom for hidden storage. I do not plan on telling them about the compartment. But I do plan on writing a letter to them to hide in the compartment. So I need your help. What should I put in the letter? I’m hoping they will not find it before their teen years.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 06:09 PM

Beautiful jewelry boxes chips. The girls will love them. Are the flowers painted on or is it marquetry using dyed wood. It is hard to see in the pictures. Either way, you did a great job.

I would write ”Sorry I got here first and I’ve spent the cheque for $1,000,000.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 06:10 PM

What an awesome idea. About hiding a letter in there! And beautifull boxes!!!

I’m afraid I dont know what you should put in the letter though. I dont know you and I dont know them. But Im thinking that anything from your heart will be perfect.

Question; How does the hidden compartment stay locked?

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 06:29 PM

Wonderful boxes Chips. I am also wondering about how you did those beautiful flowers. I would write ‘I’m glad you finally found This note because I wrote it just to remind you that I love you’. Being loved is the most important thing in the world.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 06:36 PM

Very nice work and a cool design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 07:10 PM

Wonderful Chips, very nice. I do believe those young lady’s will cherish there boxes for many years to come. How have you been?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 03-19-2012 08:22 PM

Agree with stefang/Mike. Nothing better than to get a love note from a grandpa that obviously loves them dearly. Beautiful work.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#7 posted 03-19-2012 08:23 PM

Lovely boxes. Nice to give them a treasure they will keep for a lifetime.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 03-19-2012 08:30 PM

These boxes are beautiful. Only you must decide what to put in the letter. However, a little loving thought and deliberation will tell you I imagine. Way to go, Dad.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-19-2012 10:04 PM

Those are beautiful, I think anything you put in the hidden compartment will be special, because it’s from Grandpa.

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

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#10 posted 03-19-2012 11:33 PM

Very nice. Can’t go wrong with a secret compartment. It think you know what to write. Even if they find it early they will keep it and it will mean as much years from now.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#11 posted 03-19-2012 11:46 PM

Brit – The flowers are painted on. Even though I am sure your comment is true I am rejecting it.
Tokolosi – On the right of the box is a Dowel. I told the girls it was for rings. Just twist it to unlock the bottom.
Stefang I love your suggestion for the letter. I will definitely start the letter with this. Thanks
Superdav721 Missing my shop right now. Everything will be better next week.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#12 posted 03-20-2012 12:41 AM

Absolutely beautiful jewelry boxes for your granddaughters Chips! Clearly Savannah and Emma are very precious little jewels in your heart. It will be a wonderfully touching moment in their older years to be reminded in such a surprising and special way that your love for them was always present … But hopefully you’ll still be around creating beautiful woodwork when those secret compartments have been discovered!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#13 posted 03-20-2012 01:51 AM

Two beautiful boxes and great paintings as well. I would put a photo of you and them together.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 03-20-2012 05:42 AM

lovely chips!

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#15 posted 03-20-2012 08:43 AM

What a great idea and so well executed.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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