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Don’t be surprised. Behind the prospectus of a fall-front desk is a great secret area. Understand how the lock works and a world of secrets might be divulged – if, that is, the prospectus is made to remove.

Secret drawers and hidden compartments are as much fun to create as they are to discover.

When I was a teenager, I met a cantankerous old lumber guy. You know the type – a little too disgruntled to actually have the term “customer service” apply, but with enough raw instinct to look deep within a log to find that special board. I had amateur and professional woodworkers alike tell me they just couldn’t deal with him, but I just kept going back. The wood was too good, and I liked the old guy.

Over the years I saw the quality and quantity of his lumber increase at a rate that far exceeded that at which my skills were developing. We became friends through our mutual appreciation of wood, but he was still cantankerous.


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