Bookcase with a secret

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Project by oi2342001 posted 01-21-2012 08:54 PM 3281 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project I’ve wanted to do for a while. There was access to the space through a closet and it was being used as storage. It’s a simple 2’x4’ and 5 1/4” deep built in bookcase on two heavy duty hinges. The trim is fixed to the wall and serves two purposes. The first is it covers the edges of the plywood bookcase and second acts as a stop. I also added 1 5/8” trim on the edges of the shelves to hide the plywood edges and to create a lip to prevent things from falling when the bookcase is opened and closed. I used 3/4” birch ply for the frame and shelves, then added 1/4” luan for the back. To keep the door closed I used a ball latch on the top. On the hinge side I screwed a 2×4 into the bookcase to help give it stability then the hinged was screwed into that. From start to finish it could have been done in one day, I think it took about 10 hours total.

Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 09:14 PM

Nice work pretty tricky Idea.


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#2 posted 01-21-2012 09:18 PM

Awesome, I want one!

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 09:27 PM

Don’t let my sons see it or they will all want one. Great job

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 02:52 AM

That’s a really cool idea

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 04:13 AM

Nice one.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 04:41 AM

Awesome Mike, and the fact that its inswing and has molding around the perimeter hides that is a secret doorway really well.

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 05:26 AM

Nice work. I need to build that for my gun cabinet to sit inside.

-- David, Center,Texas

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 12:30 AM

Nice, great idea and good use of space that was wasted. I have such a place in my study but put the bookcase in front of the hidey hole requiring you to rotate it out on wheels for access. This idea would be great if I had the space inside to rotate the door back and still have usable storage space. Admittably under the stairs of a split level with the a/c unit next to such space is NOT a great hidey hole for much. (laughing) But then we do try.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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