Secret Door Bookcase

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Project by AlvaradoShop posted 04-17-2017 03:11 AM 2243 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Knotty Alder hidden room behind bookcase.. Sherwin Williams BAC stain (mission oak ). I used a Matt finish. (Dull rubbed with additional flattening agent to reduce sheen). Customer loved it. Me too

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#1 posted 04-17-2017 04:08 AM

I’m a big fan of knotty alder. I think that’s a beautiful piece, from the quality of the woodwork to the finish. That hidden door is pretty cool.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 02:30 PM

great job

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 09:08 PM

Love this and the secret. Cant wait to build one of these. Great job!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 10:35 PM

Great job! I really love these hidden room or secret compartment projects. What kind of hinges and latch did you use? Thanks for sharing

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 11:06 PM

Very nice. One day I plan to have a house with a secret room behind a bookcase. Of course I’ll ruin the secret by showing it off to everyone I know!

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#7 posted 04-18-2017 03:09 AM

I designed 2 pivot rods (top and bottom)

This is a 1/4” plate steel with a 3” pipe with washer welded to it that just sits over the top of a 3/4” steel rod that is 4” long. Another plate with 3/4” hole is screwed to bottom of case. (Washers can be added to raise the unit if it hits high spot on floor. ) make sure to beef up the floor. I tripled the floor with 3/4” plywood.

On top of the case is another plate with 3/4” rod welded to it. This plate is screwed to the top of the case. Inline with bottom mechanism.

Then, a plate just like one on bottom is welded to a HD length of angle iron and acts as a bridge across the two outside cases. It is screwed to the top of these cases and can be moved around to make the joints line up and fit snug.

It is rock solid. It doesn’t sag in the least. I was thankful it works as well as it does. (So is homeowner. )

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#8 posted 04-18-2017 03:19 AM

Tip: if anybody wants it.

If you ever build cabinets that have to fit next to rock. ... place a board slightly thinker than your frame material in the place where your case will sit. (Screw it in.. because the rock guy will move it at will.

Then remove it when you are ready to install casework. I used this method here and it looks like it was actually planned??

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#9 posted 04-18-2017 02:35 PM

Hidden rooms brings out my inner Scooby-Doo. Well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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