A dressing mirror w/ a hidden compartment

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Project by Kelly posted 02-11-2014 02:26 PM 5342 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to build a free standing dressing mirror for the bedroom. But since space is always tight I decided to put it on the wall. My concern was how to hang it. I looked around LJ and saw a few had used a french cleat which I had pretty much decided on going with, but I wanted it to sit very close to the wall so ruled it out. At the same time I was building some drawers and thats when I thought of using drawer slides and the project evolved from there.

I dadoed a slot for the slides on the back of the mirror which allowed for the mirror to sit about 3/16”” off the wall. Its almost impossible to see the slides and you’d never guess that there was anything behind it or that it moves. I used a set of self closing slides so that the mirror does not move unless you give it a gentle tug. It slides very easy and overall I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

Because the box is only as deep as a stud my ties would get swiped as the mirror opened and closed, so I added a little pivoting arm to keep them from rubbing.

Both my sons have asked that I build one in their own homes to conceal their gun safes… which means another fun project for the future!

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 02:43 PM

Oh very Sweeeeet!

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 02:57 PM

I’m going to be dead honest with you. When I first looked at your post title it seemed very boring but I deceided to give a look nonetheless….I’m glad I did! Your wall modification in conjuction with the mirrior is a wicked cool idea!!!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#3 posted 02-11-2014 07:45 PM

that is so cool.i’ll put that on my list of things to do.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 11:22 PM

Excellent idea!! Great place to safely conceal fire arms, and or other valuables.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#5 posted 02-12-2014 03:56 AM

Unique, but I see you only have two sliders. If they are 100 pounders then I’m sure You are safe. This is original and I like it. What a great idea.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 12:16 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks for Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 01:02 AM

This is stinking awesome! Love it!

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 03:39 PM

Looks great and well installed. Great idea on the sliding mechanism and the hidden storage. Great job!

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