What small, cool things can I put in the secret compartment of a box?
August 14, 2013 11:13 AM Subscribe
So, I finally finished my dad's (now extremely late) Father's Day gift: a handmade wooden box with dovetail joinery and a "secret" pull-out compartment. Now I'm wondering what cool thing I can put in the secret compartment before I send it. Any ideas? Further details and dimensions, etc., within.
posted by aecorwin to grab bag (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The box itself is about 5" wide by 7" long by 4.5" deep. The "secret compartment" is basically a false-bottom thing accessed by pulling on one end of the base trim, and spans the full length/width of the box, with about 0.5" vertical space above.
Obviously the BEST thing I could put in there would be a treasure map, but that's not really feasible. Nothing perishable or time-sensitive either, as if at all possible I'm going to *try* and avoid telling Dad about the compartment so he can find it himself and be all "oh wow, what's this?" (I suspect he'll find it pretty quickly, but still, best to be on the safe side.)
So...bottom line: I guess I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for objects no larger than 5" x 7" x 0.5" that would be nifty to discover in a secret compartment of a box they received as a gift. Links to examples of neat things people have put/found in small compartments would be awesome, as would anecdata from anyone who has done something like this or received a similar gift.
If it helps, my dad is in his 50s, kind of geeky (he basically got me started on sf/fantasy as a kid), frugal, and into DIY-type stuff. He is also much more sentimental than materialistic and thus doesn't want/need cash or gift cards from me. Still, it'd be nice if whatever I put in the compartment was not something it would take me a long time to put together as I'm already a couple months late on the gift overall (not that my dad is concerned, I just want to get the box out of my house so I'm not tempted to keep perfectionistically messing with it!). Thanks!