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Beautiful wood can be expensive and difficult to work with. Here I'll show you an easy way to make a plush 6" x 4" x 4.5" novelty box lined with felt which not only looks like real wood but is hiding 2 secret compartments. Costing only $3 to make, an ideal gift if you're strapped for cash or a perfect place to hide your cash if you're rolling in it! You'll get to try out a number of useful skills - making fake wood, felting the inside of a box and building sturdy structures out of foam board.
 
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Step 1: What You Need!

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In short, you won't need much! However, you will want a sheet of 3/16" thick foam board ~20" x 30", some felt, some paints and a coarse brush, some all purpose glue, scissors, a craft knife and about 4 and a half hours to spare. (If you want a varnished box, you will also want some of that too)

Step 2: Your first cuts!

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We are going to cut out the "planks" from the foam board which will go to make up the box.

Using a sharp craft knife, cut the following strips of foam core boards and label lightly on one side with pencil (A,B,C,D) TIP: Using a sharp knife is essential both in terms of safety and also achieving clean cuts. A dull blade will result in ripped foam, spoiling the end result.
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A = 20" x 4.5"
B = 20" x 2"
C = 12" x 4"
D = 12" x 3 5/8"

Risuji5 years ago
Thanks for this! I think this part alone will help with many mock steampunk projects to come.
Davenchi1236 years ago
wouldn't it be very light and easy to see that its fake? jw but good Instructable
IDEA!: glue a lead weight in the secret compartment and your good to go. nobody could tell!
Coinmelt6 years ago
I used the methods shown here to create a little 15"x10"x4" two level shelf for organizing coin wrappers and cardboard mylar holders. Works pretty well. I was planning on using MDF but I'm not very good at woodworking and this solved the problem. Never would of thought about using foam board. Very nice Instructable. By the way, you have some serious painting skills. I didn't paint my project as it wouldn't of turned out nicely, lol.
Shifrin6 years ago
Wow, this is a great instructable, I might try this soon, i'll post up the results! Thanks! ~Alex
piper12347 years ago
NIce, a good trompe l'oeil and appliable to another surfaces too, even for cardboard gift boxes ; )
Mr. Rig It7 years ago
Cool I like it. Good ible. I may have to try this.
Nice instructable for those leftover pieces of foam board. It would make a nifty box for playing cards with your winnings in the secret chamber. Or maybe a cute jewellery box with a few sequins for decoration.