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Old 10-07-2008, 04:39 PM   #16
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I built one in my last house when I put up wainscoating and a chair rail in the dining room. This was easy because the back of one wall was centered on a fireplace. About a 3'x1'x9' space clearance that I used concrete board to separate/insulate from the brick chimney and then lined with drywall. Just push the right panel up in it's track and it exposed enough space to hide a few firearms inside.

Current residence has an second floor hall closet over the stairwell. I plan on building a false wall 4'x1'x9' tall inside the closet and will use drywall and a piano hinge to swing it open. The clothes rod will be all thats necessary to keep it shut but will probably add a latch of some type. Plan on keeping most of the guns and a few "secret" papers hidden there.

Gotta love them hidden spaces, they can be added a bunch of places with some thought. Especially if your doing remodeling. As mentioned, be sure to not tell/show anyone. Otherwise it ain't secret no more. And as mentioned, add a note in your safety deposit box with details and maybe a pic or two. (This is really an excellent tip Big Bob).

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Old 10-07-2008, 07:25 PM   #17
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the hard drive magnets would be ideal in your closet to hold it shut without the rod. =o)

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Old 10-07-2008, 07:30 PM   #18
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Now that is really cool. I will have to remember that next time I am into building a secret compartment.
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which one? his idea (which i like, but can't you see the hinge?) or what i built at the bottom of page one? or both? (hopefully both)

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OMG, he stuffed the dog in there toO!

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I once had an older house that originally had a gravity flow furnace. It had 'wall registers' at various places.
When the furnace was up-graded to forced air, one of these registers was not required.
From below I screwed a piece of plywood over the hole where the pipe used to connect.
The register had a grate that was held in place by 2 screws.
It was a great place to hide stuff!
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OMG, he stuffed the dog in there toO!

well i told that darn dog to keep out of the way! not my fault.

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I like that idea a lot. It looks like there'd be plenty of room for stuff too. Is there a better way to access it than to unscrew the cover? I imagine after awhile it might strip out the wood. Maybe sink a nut or something or use magnets. I'm sure it'd be fine for many uses with the screws.

Where would be the best source for a hard drive magnet if one doesn't have an old computer laying around?
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i like your sink a nut idea, easy and secure, spray the bolt white and yer off! the magnetic cover is good too, but it'd be more work. you'd need false screwheads, glue magnet to cover, set screw level in wall to flush.... sinkanut it is! thanks! as to finding magnets, perhaps if you call some of your local computer repair shops, they might provide you/probly sell you old dead drives? just tell them you need some good magnets, and they might have them already laying around. i really enjoyed doing that yesterday, thanks for the idea!

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Just remembered something a friend told me he built years ago. Think he gave it to one of his kids.

Anyway, he built a large coffee table. In the table was a drawer that only opened on one end. Handles on both for appearance sake. The underside had a full sheet of ply so it didn't appear as though a drawer existed. I can't remember how or what device he used, maybe home-made, but you had to turn one leg a qtr turn to unlatch the moveable drawer. He kept rifles in it. Was lined with red felt and he cut some kind of foam, like you see in a gun case that would let the gun fit snug into the drawer. The top was 5/4 maple. The whole thing was really heavy empty. Let alone full of rifles.

Nothing better than hiding in plain sight.

This thread got me to thinking about that table and I'm considering doing my own version of it. Might be a good winter project. If I can figure out how to let the top open rather than a drawer I'd like that approach better. Anyone know where to buy a leg-lock?
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awesome thread - too bad it's way OLD! Oh well - got me thinking though. Mostly - never go near Marvin's Garden. It's been so long for him to think about it, new surprises have surely popped up! LOL

For some people, like me, our air registers are not at the floor level, but near the ceilings (it's an old house - don't ask), so you can actually do the opposite of dangermouse's contraption. Instead of having magnets (any type of magnet would work, BTW, not just HDD) holding the compartment UP, but here I would let the compartment rest lower than the register and it could comfortably sit on a 2x4 stop. Put a handle on the top side, and then when you need in just pull up, grab what you need, and then set it back in the down position. Close up the register and *poof* it's gone!
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I've also got another one for ya... my house has an attic space above the front porch. This attic space is separate from the rest of the attic (they are 90* to each other). The porch attic above the full attic was an addition to the house, so the original roof line is still there. Anyway, the floor space is about 6' x 8' up there, plywood floor, and fully insulated. To get access to this area, you need to push back a secret (not anymore) panel between the roof rafters (I think I'm using the right term - the 2x8's that go from the edge of roof to the top of the roof every 16"). This panel swings open, has batting insulation on it, and the piano hinge is completely hidden. Great part is, to get to this completely unmarked panel, you need to open a 2' x 2' door in one of my kids rooms that goes to the attic area.

We never even knew the space was there until about 2 years after living in the house and going into the attic this way. We felt a small draft where some of the insulation was sagging and I tried fixing it, only to find the wall moving!!! LOL Now, not only is the room hidden, but I have another small 'pocket' dug out with my important stuff up there. Course, if there's ever a fire I'm screwed... but nobody will ever find it!
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This is a cool thread.

Here's an idea from my HS physics teacher that I really like for hidden lock mechanism.

You have your secret compartement that needs a lock, like maybe that coffee table. You use a selonoid for the lock. The plunger is out until you hit it with electric. Well to power the thing you put two bolt heads somewhere where you can hit them with a 9V battery!

How's this for a "not so hidden" secret space: The HVAC return. I bet most run of the mill criminals don't inspect the insides of your returns when they burgle a house.

I've thought about digging a hole in my shed (dirt floor) and burying an ammo container to store things in -- like a backup of the comptuter.
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i love this thread too, hidden locks and tricks are my passion.
go to my you tube channel, you'll see.... (see below)
to see the newest one i just finished a few days ago, go to Nathan's Craftforum.
http://www.craftforum.com/showthread.php?t=333
It's sweet! And I can make them in any size!

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oh, and i recently ordered a batch of real sweet magnets from kjmagnetics.com and was very happy.
still trying to figure out how to use the 3/4" silver stars on a box somehow.... they're too cool.

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