Capone Hidden Compartment Bar

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Project by Zenert posted 04-16-2014 12:41 AM 3496 views 19 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my final project for my Machining Practical during the first year of the Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology Diploma program at Red River College.

This was a pre-determined project. It was built off of plans provided as part of the curriculum. Wood choices and minor details (hardware, shot glass sockets vs wine glass hangers, etc) were left to each student.

I made the choice to use maple as the wood for the body, with cherry used for the top, panels, bottle tray, and glass rack.

I don’t recall the exact timeframe of this project (5 weeks of afternoons rings a bell in my head for some reason).

There is a hidden latch in the project that will allow the top to slide forward, once in the forward position the back section can be lifted up and then the top slides back to near it’s original position to support the glass/bottle display portion.

Fun project! I’ve had several requests to build some of these for friends and family – perhaps when I have some more time on my plate I’ll be able to take a crack at that…...

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#1 posted 04-16-2014 12:49 AM

Where would one get plans for something like that? I know a lady who would be thrilled to have one.

very nice piece, by the way.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#2 posted 04-16-2014 01:04 AM

Handy piece to have, great project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 04-16-2014 02:03 AM

Great project. Good work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-16-2014 02:25 AM

if i remeber correctly we had six weeks for building

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#5 posted 04-16-2014 02:53 AM

I would also be interested I’m plans for this…

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#6 posted 04-16-2014 08:30 AM

This is great project. The details and the hidden compartment rock.

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

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#7 posted 04-16-2014 11:44 AM

Very clever design and the execution is flawless. I still don’t see where the tray with the bottles/glasses came from.

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

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#8 posted 04-16-2014 01:40 PM

Brilliant! I love including unexpected/hidden compartments in furniture!

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#9 posted 04-16-2014 02:34 PM

Sorry, I’m having trouble visualizing what is happening.
Is the top sliding forward and the rack for the bottles lifting up?
The pics are not doing it for me.

Nice work though.

edit: never mind, just read the text… (stupid of me)... damn.

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 04-16-2014 02:37 PM

Yes, you trigger a little latch, the top slides forward, the back slides up, and then the back sits on the top once its slid backwards again.

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#11 posted 04-16-2014 06:47 PM

Nice craftsmanship – I can see this being a safe place to hide all kinds of things (jewelry, documents, etc.)Thanks for posting

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#12 posted 04-16-2014 10:37 PM

OK, I get it now. Thanks for explaining it twice!

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

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#14 posted 04-26-2014 03:47 PM

Nice looking cabinet. Awesome choice of materials.
Do you have any drawings/plans that you could email me?

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#15 posted 04-29-2014 01:00 AM

Would love plans for this.

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