Hidden Compartment Floating Shelf

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Project by Rick posted 09-07-2016 01:17 PM 2579 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Video of compartment:

I decided to make some quick and dirty floating shelves for the first time. It’s not a highly visible location so I used cheap pine plywood, butt end joints, glue and nail gun. I had been waiting for enough time to do it the “right way” but then it never got done. So I did it the fast and dirty way and I think they still look great. And they’re done!

I used 2×4’s for my supports. I only hit one stud so I used 2 lag bolts which hold it Very securely in place. The bottom shelf has the hidden compartment. I got the magnetic latches from HD. They come with a metal plate but I had to use a magnet for one of posts, one each side, to increase the holding power. I slipped the shelves over the supports and held them in place with two screws from the top.

Stain: General finishes candlelight. I first applied mixwax prestain. Also the stain went on very dark so I later removed some of it with mineral spirits to give it a more subtle color.

Finish: Satin wipe on poly. 4 coats.

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#1 posted 09-07-2016 02:16 PM

good idea …....... can store all your cash in there ….....LMAO

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 09-07-2016 02:17 PM

Clever idea! The pine looks good. How strong are the magnets you are using? Any concern to have the contents come free from the compartments when installed?

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 03:42 PM

The magnets I used are very strong. I don’t have any concern that the bottom will fall out unless I put something like a lead weight in there or filled the compartments full of coins.

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#4 posted 09-08-2016 03:21 PM

Very cool. Just a thought, how about attaching some link chain to the inside bottom board and then the inside of the box. Kind of a safety and convenience feature. I might try something like this project. Maybe use a hidden hinge and make the front board into a door. Or maybe make the sides into hidden drawers. Thanks for the idea!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#5 posted 09-18-2016 12:16 PM

Nice place for anything.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 09-27-2016 05:04 PM

Cool idea, let’s hope the thief’s don’t use the bathroom or look at LJ.
Looking good!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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