My First Hidden Hinge Bandsaw Box, False Bottom with a Twist literally! ya have to click to see

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Project by Blackie_ posted 10-08-2012 11:49 PM 19750 views 12 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another new design, I hand crafted this box Ladies Jewelry and or gentlemen’s box from spalted hackberry, this box offers hidden hinges, ( my first hidden hinge box) a pull out tray and a hidden compartment under the tray which is opened by way of a key, the lift out tray is the key. To open the false bottom door, The tray has embedded magnets on the under side and normally sits so that the magnets are facing the back of the box, the false bottom door magnets are also embedded in the wood on the bottom side which is facing the front of the box, once you lift out the tray then you spin it 180 degrees and place it back in the box, when you do that it lines the magnets up with each other allowing it to automatically latch onto the false bottom door then you lift out the tray it also lifts out the false bottom door by way of using rare earth magnets. It measures 8” W x 4” H x 4 ½” D

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 11:55 PM

That’s such beautiful wood. You add that to your skill and designs, it makes for an awesome box.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 12:37 AM

Keep pushin the emvelope or should we say the box…lol! Like the continuity of the pattern. pretty subtle. nice piece!

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 12:46 AM

Wow, great box. The spalted hackberry is amazing. Great design too.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#4 posted 10-09-2012 01:06 AM

OH WOW!!! What a nice looking box that is!!!! Nice work Blackie!!!

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 01:15 AM

great work
and beautiful wood

the tray ‘key’ is genius !

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#6 posted 10-09-2012 01:25 AM

That spalted wood is just beautiful and perfect for your bandsaw boxes. The secret tray and “key” arrangment is a clever innovation. Is the “hidden hinge” a pin that you plugged the drill hole so it’s hidden?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 10-09-2012 02:02 AM

Randy, I really like what you did here. You continue to integrate new ideas into what you do. I really think you have nailed the magnet concept with the reversing tray. I like it better than the key concept. Great wood, innovative design, newly integrated concepts…what’s not to like about this.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 02:09 AM

Thanks everyone for the great comments, glad you all liked the design and the wood, I have a huge stock pile of this spalted hackberry.

Andy yes to your question, I used 1/4” dowels but I also have 1/4” brass rod that I plan on using on future boxes, since this was my first I optioned for the wooden dowels to see how it was going to work, only with this design, mitered corners are out, I have to go with butt joints.

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#9 posted 10-09-2012 02:18 AM

Another beauty, Randy. Thanks for sharing!!.................Jim

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

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#10 posted 10-09-2012 02:33 AM

Handsome box !

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#11 posted 10-09-2012 03:26 AM

clever opening mechanism for the false bottom. I like it!

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#12 posted 10-09-2012 04:07 AM

Incredibly beautiful! What did you use for finish?

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#13 posted 10-09-2012 04:15 AM


I’ve found something that I like and seems to be working for me, I do one coat of Tung Oil with a wipe down let it dry, then 2 to 3 coats of Lacquer.

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#14 posted 10-09-2012 05:41 AM

Nice Job Blackie

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#15 posted 10-09-2012 12:20 PM

I dunno, that wood doesn’t look decent for a girl’s jewelry IMO. The box is neat for sure, the hidden compartment is well thought, but I feel the wood you used for it too busy and manly…

I mean, girls are supposed to be sweet, warm, delicate, and made of harmonious curves, right? This doesn’t carry those feelings for me. Maybe the average girl in America is less of a princess than they are here in “ole’ Yurrop”?

I’m into that kind of trouble at the moment, I have two jewelry boxes to build for the end of the month and I have quite a hard time finding the proper wood to carry the feminity feelings along with the stuff that will be inside.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to be mean, just giving you a different PoV that what all our fellows above already said, the box is nice. I can look at this and think:” it’s a different approach, so why the heck not?” but still feel uncomfortable with the wood choice (I worked with spalted hackberry once, quite a PITA in my book BTW, so more power to you for making something good out of it).

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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