Historical News Accounts of Secret Drawers

Secret drawers have long fascinated woodworkers and the general public. One of our most popular blog entries from the last nine years was about a secret drawer. And so we present this interesting gallery of 25 news items involving secret compartments and drawers for your reading pleasure.

All were culled from 19th-century sources by researcher Jeff Burks. Be aware that these stories involve murder, misadventure, some racist language and a rare Bible.

— Christopher Schwarz

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3 Responses to Historical News Accounts of Secret Drawers

  1. Thanks, posts like this remind me of the mystery and gravity the things I make may hold for my children and grandchildren. The story of “Grandpa’s side table” or “That old tool chest” which held and were key figures in the most mysterious stories of our family. The limitless “If I…” of self-determination and creativity.

  2. Niels Cosman says:

    A facetious comment about things hidden in my drawers.

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