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Old 07-03-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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Hi there.

I have some sensitive documents that I would like to hide in my house. It's nothing illegal but I would like it kept from unwanted eyes.

I had the idea to make a slit in an A4 shape on the top of a door. Maybe half an inch thick so a good amount of pages can fit in there.

I'm quite good with tools but a stroll in my local DIY store han't helped me in finding an appropriate tool. Unfortunately I'm also too shy to ask the people there as they might think I'm up to something.

Does anybody have any suggestions?

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Old 07-03-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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I changed the title to "slid" for you, but are you sure you didn't mean SLIT?

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Haha yes sorry, I meant slit.
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A multi tool will be able to make the delicate cut you need to remover the top rail inside of a hollow door---

Handy tool--I have a Harbor Freight one--cheap and dependable==
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How deep do you want this slit? I'm picturing an 11" deep slit in a solid core. I can't think of any tool that would easily do that.
A circular saw could go 3 inches deep, but it'd be tricky and dangerous.
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I know you have your reasons but I can't help mentioning most people just use a fire safe. Seems like a lot of trouble for "paperwork"

For me anyway, I'm not sure I could be happy living with someone who I can't trust not to breach my privacy. K I'm done
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Umm scan in and keep either on a cloud drive, or on a USB stick that you carry with you. Sorry, but in all reality, there is nothing sensitive, no matter what people think, that is kept in a house. Okay, maybe someone still has papers and tapes on who they think killed Kennedy, or flew a so called missile or planted a bomb in the WTC complex, but in all reality, if someone wants anything on you, they can get it for a candy bar.
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Are you using a hollow core or solid door?
I have an easy tested plan for a hollow core door.
I have a few untested ideas ranging from dangerous to expensive.

What is the thickness of the door?
1 3/4" definitely would be better than 1 3/8".

P.S. Here are some secret comparment ideas
How to build a secret compartment
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I know you have your reasons but I can't help mentioning most people just use a fire safe. Seems like a lot of trouble for "paperwork"

For me anyway, I'm not sure I could be happy living with someone who I can't trust not to breach my privacy. K I'm done
Reminds me of an old comedy routine. (Probably Abbott and Costello)
Mutt: Jeff, see you got a new safe.
Jeff: Yea, but I can never remember the combination. So I wrote it down so I won't forget.
Mutt: That's not safe. Somebody might take it.
Jeff: I put it in a safe place.
Mutt: Where?
Jeff: In the safe.
Or the modern version of a person at their computer, sighs.
"If I get one more username and password, I won't be able to see my monitor (through all these yellow sticky notes.)"
My parents are at the age where they may pass at any minute, so we keep four things hidden in the house and at a separate location: the combination to the safe, the passcode for the safety depoit box, the master password and a copy of the estate power of attorney in case the bank is closed. Obviously, I won't tell you where.

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i'D THINK A SLIT WOULD WEAKEN THE DOOR TOO MUCH
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My parents are at the age where they may pass at any minute, so we keep three things hidden in the house and at a separate location: the combination to the safe, the passcode for the safety depoit box and the master password. Obviously, I won't tell you where.
Let met take a whack at this. On your cell phone, in your computer, note inside your glovebox, note left on top of a piece of duct work in the basement, note inside of a toolbox at your parents place.

There are not too many places that people use, that have not been the same places that most people have used for years.
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Hi there.

Unfortunately I'm also too shy to ask the people there as they might think I'm up to something.

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I know this will sound a little hackish but if really needed an 11” deep slot in the top of a door you could make pretty quick work out of it if you’re any good with a chainsaw.

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I know this will sound a little hackish but if really needed an 11” deep slot in the top of a door you could make pretty quick work out of it if you’re any good with a chainsaw.

Just saying…
You figured out the dangerous way. There are plunge cut jigs from log cabin supply shops. They're not very acurate, so unless you are good with a chain saw and take it slow you are more likely too get breakout instead of a clean cut.
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If they are that important and that sensitive, get a safety deposit box or get your attorney to keep it.
If you need regular access to this document, make a copy and put it in a password locked computer file.
This is the 21st century.
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