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Hidden card trick

This pine tea light holder has a secret. The top pivots to reveal a space inside sized for two decks of playing cards. Hidden in plain sight, your cards can be close at hand and safe from spills. The key to making this project look table-worthy is cutting the edges flush after assembly and lining up the grain to complete the illusion of a solid block of wood. Combine this with a couple of neat tricks—a cut brass screw for the top pivot and magnets as hidden latches— and you’ve got a fun, simple project with more function than meets the eye.

1 Cut three pieces at 5!/4” by 7!/8 014”. These are your three layers.

2 Prepare the middle layer as in Fig. 1. Set the table saw fence ¾” from the blade and cut along the length of each side. You’ll end up with three pieces. Cut the wider centre piece in half horizontally, then testfit the cards before gluing the pieces together as in Fig 2. Leaving the middle pieces long at this stage allows them to be cut flush after assembly.

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Make winter the warmest season! The Winter issue of Cottage Life gets you set for your coziest winter at the cabin yet. Host a holiday brunch for family and friends with Canada’s cinnamon bun queen Amy Rosen’s mouth-watering Hanukkah recipes Learn the 300-year-old secrets of a sweet little Finnish sauna Find out how to protect your cottage from fire 7 gifts for cottagers An update about rabies: should you worry? Tips for testing ice thickness and thawing frozen pipes How to stop mice and prep the cottage for winter Plans for a tea-light holder project (with a hidden compartment!) Plus, the stunning winners of our annual photo contest Pick up the Winter 2018 issue today!