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Old 01-28-2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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We have a closet space in a secondary foyer towards the back of the house we're rehabbing that would lend itself well to storing valuables and personal items secretly. The area already has a ton of storage space, so the closet wouldn't be missed, and the way it's situated it would take someone with a keen eye (from an adjoining bathroom) to tell that a closet-sized area exists there. I don't think anyone breaking in for a quick smash and grab would bother walking round with a tape measure looking for secret storage areas!

Question is, how do I conceal it? I've thought about putting a shelf unit in place over the opening, and figuring out a way to hinge it from the back that would swing it out over the front edge of the opening - any ideas?

The other alternative is to mount the shelf unit on sliding drawer rails and turn the closet into a king-size pantry unit.

The other point I have to address is how to lock it in place. Magnets would give a reasonably solid lock, requiring only a mild pull to disengage. Or is there another way?

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Old 01-28-2011, 10:41 PM   #2
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cruise the internet. There are a couple business that so these as a specialty. You can see how a lot of them are constructed by the pics.

http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1...ecret+doorways
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...1g-v4&aql=&oq=

I don't know this guy but just clicked on his site. He has several types shown.

http://bretthomeremodeling.com/doors.htm

for latches, a magnetic or something such as this

http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/sobrbacalq.html

or this

http://www.greenboatstuff.com/seadog...hannelid=FROOG

or if you are creative, you can use an electrically activated latch with a hidden switch

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Thanks Nap, I'll check into it. Much appreciated.
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here is a door from LumberJocks.com
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/12718

the woodworker posted some tips re: the door

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Great links nap & MsDebbieP.
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Here's a sweet idea for a secret latch.

Use a solenoid for the bolt. One that's normally "out" that retracts when it's energized. Or maybe two of them for a full sized door.

Put two nail heads closely spaced some place inconspicuous. Solder the wires for the solenoid to the burried ends of the nails. Touch a 9v battery to the nail heads to energize the solenoid.

My HS physics teacher described it. No one would ever figure it out.
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Here's a thread on this forum that you may be interested in reading about this subject:

Building a secret compartment
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No one would ever figure it out.
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They could be two 10 penny nails in a floor joist in the basement, on the other side of the house. You going to go around and randomly connect power to every conducting surface just to see what happens? I might have a plan for that too
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I'm not knocking your idea or anything, it's just that I use solenoids in my trick boxes sometimes as the locking mechanism. It's then up to the person trying to figure it out to decide how to USE the 9v battery/batteries to get it open. They're real brain teasers. Barb can tell you how much fun they are to try to figure out. Po)

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Here's a shot of the B.A.R.B. (Battery Activated Riddle Box) as an example of one of them.

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I'm not knocking your idea or anything, it's just that I use solenoids in my trick boxes sometimes as the locking mechanism. It's then up to the person trying to figure it out to decide how to USE the 9v battery/batteries to get it open. They're real brain teasers. Barb can tell you how much fun they are to try to figure out. Po)

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LOTS of fun! EXTREMELY challenging. Hours and hours (= days) of entertainment. I always look forward to trying a new one.

I can definitely see how a solenoids could be used to open secret passageways.

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Old 02-03-2011, 08:51 AM   #13
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Secret door, eh? While not exactly DIY, this guy's project is really over the top. One of the coolest builds I've seen. His secret door is around page 25.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=12234

(Oops! Posted this to the wrong thread first)

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