Secret Compaktment

A template and router are all it takes to "carve" out this box.

BOX BODY

INDEXING PLATE

Rare-earth magnets -in bottom "grab" washers in body^

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Upper and lower compartments routed with the same template

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Box body glued up from contrasting woods

BOTTOM

his box is hiding something—two things actually. To see what I mean, take a look at the photos above. First of all, youll notice the vertical grain in the body of the box. This hides the end grain under the top and bottom. The other thing this box is hiding is a secret compartment in the bottom, as you can see in the inset photo.

making the body. The body of the box is just a large, glued-up block of wood. For contrast, I added a few thin strips of a darker-colored wood (paduak), as shown in Fig. 1, but you can use whatever you like.

To make the body, I started with a sandwich of smaller pieces of wood turned on end. Like I mentioned before, there won't be any end grain visible on the box.

routing the compartments. Both the top and bottom compartments are routed using the same template. To make the template, use the half-pattern shown on the opposite page. The only thing that's different between each compartment is the

FRONT SECTION VIEW

INDEXING PLATE

depth of each recess, as you can see in Fig. la. For more on template routing, turn to page 6.

What's unusual about routing the compartments for this box is that you're cutting into end grain. The hard end grain causes more stress on the bit. So I like to make shallow cuts and move the router a little slower than normal.

top and bottom. The top and bottom of the box are identical. They're made from V^'-thick stock and have a 3/s" cove routed on all four edges.

To keep the top and bottom centered on the box, there are V^'-thick indexing plates on the inside face of each piece, as shown in Fig. 2.

The indexing plates have a radius cut on each corner and are long enough to just slip into the compartments. And they're cut a bit narrower than the opening to allow for seasonal movement.

But before shaping, I planed the plates to final thickness. The problem is thin stock has a tendency to break apart in the planer. To support the pieces, I taped them to a plywood carrier (see photo below).

keeping a secret. To keep the lower compartment a secret, I attached a

Rout cove on all four edges of top and bottom

NOTE:

Indexing plate is a separate, glued-on piece

Rout cove on all four edges of top and bottom

NOTE:

Indexing plate is a separate, glued-on piece

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