Back in Do As I Say, Not As I Do, I wrote about a “secret” compartment I had built for a Pennsylvania spice box. The spice box was from the class with Chuck Bender at 360 Woodworking. The secret compartment looked something like this:
Thursday I went to the preview for the quarterly catalog sale at the local high-end auction house. An intriguing collection of furniture without a single dovetailed blanket chest. Amongst all the usual high-end auction stuff was this desk, billed as a Georgian Inlaid Slant Front Desk:
Open it up and it looks like this:
A unique prospect and document box configuration:
I looked over at the drawers on the right:
I pulled out the top drawers and they seemed too short compared to the rest of everything.
I looked into the drawer pockets and saw there was something behind the drawers.
I reached in and pulled out this:
This picture gives you a view of how the drawers relate to each other.
Mr. Bender was right, these secret compartments exist. Who knew?
I also was drawn to the lower front of the desk:
Oh, that thing on top of the desk in the first picture is actually a WWII Vintage Norden Bombsight Sighthead.