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This was a fun project. I've designed a similar one for a friend, but he did the build/install with a little help from me. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would considering he's not a carpenter in the slightest. Surgeon with a gun though!

This one was also done for a friend and SWAT team member. His best tool is his wallet, so I did the construction and install this time around. The room used to be a laundry room but, he needed a room for the safe, so the washer/dryer was moved to the garage. The room is also directly across from a spare bathroom that has no storage of any kind. So it seemed the best course of action was to build a linen closet for all the bath towels and related stuff.

Everything but the exterior trim is 3/4" cabinet grade ply, with the trim being clear pine. I wanted to used a better grade of wood, but money was a factor. That and the cheaper wood lends itself to matching the contractor grade trim in the rest of the house, so it worked itself out.

Constructing one of these is a bit tricky, and sketchup really takes the guess work out of it. The hardest part is determining the hinge location in conjunction with the door width. The depth and width of the door, and the hinge location are all tied together, and if one changes, they all change. Once that is figured out, you move on to construction. It's much different than building a built-in shelf or cabinet. The thing is going to see torque and will want to twist/sag, so steps must be taken to ensure that doesn't happen, so the whole thing, including the backing, is dado'd 3/4" ply. The hinge side is also 2 layers of ply on the both the door, and door frame to ensure there's very little flex and something for the screws to grab a hold of. The bottom is built like a small torsion box as well.

Hinges used are heavy duty door hinges, but there's four of them. And they are located midway in the depth of the door. This was done to reduce the amount of door sitting in the doorway when it's open, and allows the door to stop flat against the wall behind it.

Latching is taken care of by two, double ball catches. These work really well, but there is no adjusting their location once they're in, and there is very little wiggle room, so accuracy is critical here. I looked and looked for a better option without breaking the bank, but that's the best that I could find.

Anyway, thanks for looking and ask any questions/give critiques.

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Beautifully installed. One would never be able to detect this doorway and room without prior knowledge.
 

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Very creative and fantastic build job.
 

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That is amazing. Great job!
 

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I have designed several of these on paper,(hidden doors), have yet to build any. book cases and picture frames mostly, love the linen closet. beautiful project and great insight. should be easier for me to figure out when I build one myself. thanks for the post.
 

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Wow, quite impressive. Great work, I'm sure your friend is very happy with this.
 

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Nice job , I will bet this is where he keeps his SWAT Related Stuff.
 

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Great design, very nicely executed.
 

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That is so cool! I have to agree with ^ Hillbilly. Great design and nice execution.
 

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Cool Idea! and very well constructed!
 

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Woohoo! First top 3! Thanks for the comments fellas!
 

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LOL, don't think I've ever heard that before. I do hear "Murphy" door quite often though.
 

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great looking build - never seen this is a "closet" that makes it super sneaky :)
 
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