Introduction: Make It - Secret Compartment Table for My Nines

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This piece was created to be an entry into Izzy Swan's furniture design contest. The thought has been in my head for longer than I can remember but it was this contest that caused it to be pushed out.

The main structure and top is made out of Walnut, the drawer and base of the secret compartment are made from cherry , the buttons and hinges are brass.


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Step 1: Construction Overview

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I built three identical "frames". The top one has a bottom and conceals the secret compartment. The middle one has a channel slide to track the drawer. The lower one keeps the legs in check. I build a tablesaw tapering jig to make four identical legs with the straightest grain I could find. I used a top bearing router bit with a homemade template guide to carve out the notches in the legs for the frames (i removed the bulk of the material with the drill press to make routing easier.

Once the structure was assembled, I mounted the top using two solid brass hinges on the back, drilled the holes for the buttons and fit a drawer made from cherry with a solid brass handle. The buttons are off the shelf items, but five of the six have been modified so they don't function anymore. The top left button releases the pin in the top and allows the top to lift.

The whole thing got two coats of paste varnish.


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Elkaholic1000 (author)2016-06-13

I got the premium so i can download this pdf cause this thing is awesome and it wont let me anyone know whats going on

Fyremane (author)Elkaholic10002016-10-04

its because he sells the plans on his web page, thats why theres no PDF of this project

warriorethos2 (author)2016-04-11

This is a very nice compartment table. I like the nines you store under the table as well. Your photos and videos are easy to follow. A pair of these would go nicely in any living room or family room. The paste varnish brings out the natural grain of each type of wood used. The craftsmanship is great. Great job and good luck in the contest.

hammer9876 (author)2016-03-23

Impressive video. Nice build.

Steve Jobs (author)2016-03-10


jeanniel1 (author)2016-03-08

Great jig! Will check out the make for that. Love your work! Why "9s?"

johnny108 (author)jeanniel12016-03-09

"9s" is probably a reference to 9mm pistols.

jeanniel1 (author)johnny1082016-03-09

Oh! Ha ha! Clever.

fritzlmon (author)2016-03-08

Can't imagine a nicer video! Very well done!!

I would vote but being new to the website don't know where to enter the vote.

dpmakestuff (author)fritzlmon2016-03-08

Thank you! There is an orange flag on the right side of the page that says vote. You're free to vote on any and all of them.

fritzlmon (author)dpmakestuff2016-03-09

Thanks. That's all I need to know. I was confused by the many options available when I clicked on the vote sign.

Tinker_001 (author)2016-03-08

Great table. In your video, how many seconds apart did you have the camera set? (I love stop motion videos.)

fbarry1 (author)2016-03-08

Very cool. I'm not as talented at this point to try to make this, but it's going on my "future projects" list. Thanks and you definitely have my vote!

econjack (author)2016-03-08

Even though I don't have the tools or talent to build this, I think it is one of the best construction videos I've ever seen. Super job!

dpmakestuff (author)econjack2016-03-08


EricS100 (author)2016-03-08

I don't own 9's but I do own a 4 and a 5.
You have me thinking now. I love this! And it looks easy enough to
build (I do some woodworking as a hobby).

Where might someone locate the latch mechanism?

dpmakestuff (author)EricS1002016-03-08

Thanks! All the details are in the video description on youtube. The buttons are from Lee Valley

kburgess3 (author)2016-03-08

nice table and video! What model Sawstop is that? (Table saw porn)

dpmakestuff (author)kburgess32016-03-08

Thanks! It's a PCS 175

wrsexton (author)2016-03-08

Very impressive workmanship and design!

JohnT208 (author)2016-03-08

Not very secret now:-)

Mars305 (author)2016-03-07

Love the video, watched it to find out what you met by table for your nines, I had to laugh when I found out!

CraftAndu (author)2016-03-07

This is cool in so many ways! The video is awesome, furniture itself is simply astonishing and the secret compartment.... just wow! I can easily see this thing winning Izzy´s contest and being mass produced. Keep up the good work! Cheers

dpmakestuff (author)CraftAndu2016-03-07

Here's hoping! It would be easy to make a distressed version which seems to be Izzy's style. Thanks for watching!

edw69 (author)2016-03-06

very nice. Do you have any plans drafted up that you could share?

dpmakestuff (author)edw692016-03-07

No plans or plans to offer plans as of right now. I am too busy with other projects. Thanks for watching! Please help me out by voting!

gumby_kevbo (author)2016-03-06

I like the exposed sides of the drawer. Very non-traditional. The secret compartment is cool in concept, but requires clearing off the table top to access. Clearly this works for you.

dpmakestuff (author)gumby_kevbo2016-03-07

I really like the exposed side too! It's working great so far! Please help me out by voting!

JimInRadfordVA (author)2016-03-07

Wish my nines were that nice. Well done!

Thank you!

ETERNUR (author)2016-03-07

I was hesitant to watch the video as I thought to myself "watching the whole build!".

Turned out that was one of the most gripping 12m39s of my life. I was enraptured for the entire clip. Had I been sitting on a chair, I would've been on the edge of it.

Your skill with wood & your tools is amazing. Very nice work showing the process all the way through (I especially like how you sped it up so we could watch it quickly). Out of curiosity, how long did it actually take to make this cool secret-compartment table?

Overall, very aesthetically pleasing product, and the hidden compartment works a treat.

Loved your nines too. Quite exquisite. :)

dpmakestuff (author)ETERNUR2016-03-07

This is possibly the most thoughtful and well written comment I've ever received on any platform. Thank you so much! Please help me out by voting!

Don Butler (author)2016-03-07


I believe they are SIXES.

Please be accurate.

dpmakestuff (author)Don Butler2016-03-07

You must be in Australia. You watched it upside down!

Garwulff (author)2016-03-07

Very nice table. Excellent video.

I've looked for hidden release latches, catches and other hardware. There is a lot to pour through and most of it is wrong. Where did you get these release buttons? What are they called?


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dpmakestuff (author)WrshpMzshn2016-03-06

Thanks! Hopefully enough people vote and I can get in on a few of these contests!

amcpherson1 (author)dpmakestuff2016-03-06

nice work. but I do like your bill Murry picture in the workshop

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