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klein 10-06-2008 09:15 PM

Building a secret compartment
 
I have 2x4 walls going up and would like to know what would be a good design for a secret compartment? I don't want to invest in a wall safe and I've seen the fake outlets before which would be too small. The most it would hold would be passports and important documents, nothing bulky.

Maybe a drawer on a hinge hidden behind a fake wall vent? I don't even know if I'd use it but I think it would be fun to have.

Big Bob 10-06-2008 09:48 PM

These hidden spots can be a lot of fun...I built hidden closets next to fireplaces..trap door escape routes.. phony air vents and duplex outlets..
They only work if you can keep them secret...so leave a map hidden in your will at the bank vault.

Best thing is to buy a Big container of tofu... toss the tofu ... put your valuables in the container... put this in the freezer ... even if they steal your freezer...odds are they will toss the frozen tofu on the floor.

Or place in a big ziplock bag and duct tape it to the back of the refrig. This works only: If you have an old refrig nobody would steal.

Marvin Gardens 10-06-2008 11:03 PM

I have several hidden spots in my house. I keep my long guns in there so that if someone breaks in and steals my stuff they won't find the guns.

My favorite places are in closets above the doors where I have some compartments where I keep my home defense guns which keeps them out of the way of kids and "others".

We have a panel in the bedroom that has some of our valuables like my mothers jewelery and important documents like car titles and anything that could be used for identity theft.

Our vacation home has these also since it is in the middle of nowhere and no one around to keep an eye for it. I have a buried cache that has my computer in it that records every thing that happens on my property.

I line my wall compartments with osb to keep the contents from pushing through the sheet rock especially the larger compartments.

Secret compartments are cool, especially in this day and age of high crime.

yesitsconcrete 10-07-2008 06:15 AM

note to self - do not burgle marvin's house or camp :laughing:

DangerMouse 10-07-2008 06:54 AM

i made one at a friend's house as we were redoing his upstairs drywall, i ripped 2x4s down to 1/4" and stained them with walnut stain, then drilled and countersunk holes to 'cover the drywall seams'. he didn't want to mud. we left one section that we did not screw the drywall first, but used construction adhesive to glue the trim to the sheet. (knee wall) 2'x2' square opening was created in the wall this way. (this was under a window, thus the 2'x2' size) 4 screws held it to the wall. the rest of the room is trimmed and screwed the same way, so it blends in just fine. he keeps his important stuff there now.
another friend had his favorite handgun drywalled right into the wall!, he figured if he needed it, he knew where it was and he could 'fist' it out and repair the drywall later. if he lived......

DM

Marvin Gardens 10-07-2008 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by yesitsconcrete (Post 169211)
note to self - do not burgle marvin's house or camp :laughing:

Yes. Good thinking.

My vacation home was broken into before it had much in it. They just broke a window and took a few cheap tools.

Now I have lights that go on, loud music that plays, a recording of me telling them I have a shotgun and then the recording of a shotgun being racked.

There are 8 video cameras that record when there is motion so at the very least I will have some good images of the perps. To keep them from stealing the computer it is hidden in a weatherproof underground storage.

I worry about my solar panels. They are mounted on the ground and have a lot of copper in there. Oregon is the meth capitol of the world and these tweakers love solar panels for all the copper they have.

DangerMouse 10-07-2008 09:54 AM

point one of those 8 cams in that direction too then Marvin. or move them to the roof and make it a LITTLE harder for them to steal.

DM

DangerMouse 10-07-2008 10:08 AM

ok, how's this? since the illusion of a normal wall is important and we're looking at new construction 2x4 wall, simply create a "dropdown box" that will slide freely up and down between studs. that will be held up to a cross support 2x4 by one or two old hard drive magnets and old steel hinges or straight bracing with holes available at any hdwr store. add a drawer handle to the bottom, be sure to set it's height so as it will be hidden from view. then simply install a false cold air return grate for the opening after you drywall! 2 or 4 screws, reach up and pull it down, do whatever, then shove it back on the magnets!
damn, that's a such a good idea, I'M gonna do it! hahahaha

DM

DangerMouse 10-07-2008 10:22 AM

man, i like this thread... come on guys! more ideas! lol

DM

Marvin Gardens 10-07-2008 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by MdangermouseM (Post 169271)
point one of those 8 cams in that direction too then Marvin. or move them to the roof and make it a LITTLE harder for them to steal.

DM

I have a 120 db siren that is wired to the solar panels. If that wire is broken the siren goes off. The siren is located in the pump house and you have to get into the pump house to rip it out.

If they think they can just shut off the electricity they are wrong. I have battery backup and the electricity will continue till the sun sets or the wind stops blowing and the batteries die.

I have cameras covering all angles of the property and most can't been seen as they are real small and hidden in the structures. Even if they do steal the cameras the ftp server has their faces on the hard drive.

Most people are deterred but the sounds and leave right away. I have seen cars drive up and the people get out. Within minutes they are back in the car and gone. Most look like they are lost and stopping to ask directions. This frontier area and there are no stores, no homes, poor cell service, no gas, just me and my wife.

Even the coyotes, deer and antelope don't come around anymore which is a sad byproduct of trying to keep my home secure. I might back off on the music and the other sounds. We like having the deer wander in during the day when we are there.

Oh, and you know what music plays when the security sensors are activated? "I fought the law and the law won".

DangerMouse 10-07-2008 11:03 AM

excellent! what do you think of my last post? i'm building it right now! i'll post pics of progress and installation, if anyone's interested.

DM

Marvin Gardens 10-07-2008 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by MdangermouseM (Post 169278)
ok, how's this? since the illusion of a normal wall is important and we're looking at new construction 2x4 wall, simply create a "dropdown box" that will slide freely up and down between studs. that will be held up to a cross support 2x4 by one or two old hard drive magnets and old steel hinges or straight bracing with holes available at any hdwr store. add a drawer handle to the bottom, be sure to set it's height so as it will be hidden from view. then simply install a false cold air return grate for the opening after you drywall! 2 or 4 screws, reach up and pull it down, do whatever, then shove it back on the magnets!
damn, that's a such a good idea, I'M gonna do it! hahahaha

DM

That sounds like way too much fun and a good idea.

DangerMouse 10-07-2008 12:56 PM

step 1
 
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find a nice place to put it. try to ignore crazy dog that wants to stick nose in everything you do.

DM

DangerMouse 10-07-2008 03:14 PM

all done!!
 
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first pic, the frame.
2nd pic, the hdd magnet from an old dead hard drive
3rd pic next, build the box. i ripped 2x4 to get the material, shaving down the edges to make it straight, and make room for the 1/4' plywood back. i also used nuts and bolts to hold it, 2" screws and glue to assemble. glued and screwnailed the back to it. added scrap walnut ledge and old drawer handle. top steel piece is old window lock i flattened and broke a piece off of.
any scrap steel will do.
4th pic same thing, different view. note 'stop blocks' in frame
5th pic 3 small coffee jars full of nails suspended. if you want to hold more weight, i suggest 2 hdd magnets, one on each end.
the last two in just a second or two. too many pics to upload at one time.
brb

DM

DangerMouse 10-07-2008 03:20 PM

last two pics
 
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thank you for this thread Klein! this was a fun day for once! woohoo!
1st pic drywall back up, nosy dog
2nd pic grate on and trim layed for effect. (be sure to leave room for baseboard, i almost forgot!)

all in all a 4 hour job. and fun besides!

hope y'all enjoy the early Christmas present!! :santa:

DM


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