Shelf with Secret Compartment

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Project by trevor7428 posted 01-03-2017 06:22 AM 1602 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My stepsister found this YouTube video of this hidden compartment shelf and wanted me to make her one. Can’t find this link at the moment will update if I do.

Anyways, its a very basic build. It looks like a normal shelf, but when you place a magnet on a specific spot on top of the shelf. It unlatches a secret compartment. It works with a child lock thing I bought at Home Depot. When a magnet comes close to this mechanism it unlocks, then your able to pull down the secret compartment . When you remove the magnet and close the secret compartment, it locks again and locks/ functions like a normal shelf.

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 03:18 PM

very interesting

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#2 posted 01-03-2017 03:38 PM

Excellent build. I have one of these on my list to build.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#3 posted 01-03-2017 08:37 PM

It’s very creative shelf and a very practical project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-04-2017 02:46 AM

Very useful shelf for that special item. Intriguing project. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-04-2017 05:47 AM

I like secret compartments. My wife and I used to have a “Present closet” hidden behind a large mirror. The hidden compartment in a shelf is particularly clever because, unlike a desk (where secret compartments might more commonly be found), we usually wouldn’t think there might be something inside.

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#6 posted 01-04-2017 11:09 PM

Very Nice and the secret is out. Good job congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 01-05-2017 03:59 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#8 posted 01-13-2017 08:56 AM

Here’s your link to the original (at least the first place I saw it). It’s from Grant Thompson.

-- sswilcox, Oregon

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