Chris Becksvoort says secret compartments were so common before safety-deposit boxes that they could be considered a hallmark of custom-built furniture. They allow furnituremakers leeway in placement, size, and construction. Becksvoort explains how to hide compartments in drawers, desks, hollow posts, tables, and the tops and bottoms of cabinets. Side information covers hiding spaces in built-ins.

From Fine Woodworking #74