Hidden assets

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The coolest (and most fun) part of my miter saw station is something nobody ever sees. In fact, they don’t even know it’s there.

When I finished my miter saw station last summer I included two drawers inside the riser platforms on each side of the saw. The fronts of those platforms act as an extended fence, and the length of the drawer openings matches the width of each cabinet beneath. Since the cabinets are 18" and 24" wide it makes for some long, skinny drawers.

To make the drawers easier to manage and to add something I like to do a lot, I made them shorter than their openings. This left a nice space behind each drawer for a secret till.

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I love creating hidden drawers and secret compartments, but to be honest I don’t really have much of anything worthy of being hidden in such a manner. (All my jewels, gold and bundles of unmarked $100 bills I keep under the mattress.) They’re just something I get a kick out of making and I have to smile whenever I think of their existence.

On the plus side, I suppose if I ever decide to give up woodworking and become a smuggler, I’ll be ready to go.

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