As kids, we always had a thing about secret compartments and hidden spots. Somewhere to hide money (from light-fingered siblings) or special treasures that held significant, personal, intrinsic value. Somehow, hiding them made them even that much more special. So, why would that change when we become adults?
It came as no surprise, when doing a search on DIY hidden compartments, that I would get a plethora of results. Hidden doors, drawers, a “safe” in a tree, a fake head of iceberg lettuce… I don’t think there’s an end to the list of hiding places and secret compartments folks have in their homes or on their properties.
So, I decided to focus on ideas that were practical (even though climbing into a bunker through the hood of a car was cool in “Red”), convenient (in the house), but not too simple (so the old hollowed-out book trick was out). Eventually, I found this wall unit on Instructables.com, which is the perfect combination of doable and clever, and the lock is kept in plain sight! If you’ve been thinking about creating a hidden compartment, check this out and see what you think. Then maybe look around your place and see where you could put it!
FYI, here are the things you’re going to need to make it happen:
Besides the common woodworking tools, here are a few things you’ll need…
- Compound miter saw (you’ll be doing a lot of board cutting, which will include some tricky angles)
- Oscillating multifunction tool
- Caulk gun
- Pin nailer (Air or Electric)
- 1″ Forstner bit
- Tot Lok with extra key
- 2 @ 3-1/2″ square rosette block moulding
- Cabinet hinges
- 1″x8″ shiplap board
- 1″x8″ tongue and groove boards — to cover the wall(s) that have wainscoting
- 1″x2″ boards — spacers between the pairs of the 1″x8″s. You should have the same number of these as the 1″x8″
- Nails, construction adhesive, caulk, paint, other wood needed for baseboards and for plate rail at the top of the wainscoting, etc.
If you’re short on any of the tools, swing by Harbor Freight Tools! You’ll find them at great, low prices!