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Project by wood_guy posted 1991 days ago 4113 views 24 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just joined and this is my first posting. Sorry for the sub-standard pictures as I’m not much of a photographer it’s the best I could do. The is my entry in the Secret Compartment contest. It’s a rotating corner bookcase made from birch 3/4” plywood, trimmed in ash. Finish is shellac (my favorite.) The center case rotates on an industrial strength “lazy suzan” that I bought from McMaster Carr for less than $10. The upper is a simple pin/bushing assembly. To do it over, I would not have used plywood for the outer case. Even though 3/4 birch is stable, it sill bowed a little which meant for some last minute sanding. Also, putting the case on an unlevel floor is a real drag because it’s very heavy and took forever to shim so it would operate properly.

Comments appreciated, thanks for looking.

By the way, I really love this site. The 2×4 contest is my favorite.





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sry

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#1 posted 1991 days ago

What, no special hinged book you have to pull to unlatch it??? :o)

Seriously though, that’s a really cool idea, and it looks like it blends in perfectly

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scottb

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#2 posted 1991 days ago

one of the best blending in “secret doors” I’ve seen. Great idea!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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BarryW

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#3 posted 1991 days ago

That is a great secret door…and very well executed…quality craftsmanship.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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coloradoclimber

548 posts in 2651 days


#4 posted 1991 days ago

That is pretty cool. Looks like quite a bit of room behind and I would not have guessed to rotate it and look inside. I like Sry’s idea about the hinged book, just like the old mystery movies. It looks good.

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Derek Lyons

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#5 posted 1990 days ago

A classic right out of the old movies, and well executed to boot!

What do you use to (un)lock it?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2406 days


#6 posted 1990 days ago

This is a really nice surprise. The bookcase looks good and the storage space behind it is great. Great job on the design and construction, not to mention your ingenuity at holding down the overall cost of the project.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 2883 days


#7 posted 1990 days ago

A very unique way to hide your guns.

Well done.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Moron

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#8 posted 1990 days ago

Thats cool

Nice job,

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 1990 days ago

yah, I thought it was going to have a special storage area IN it .. not behind it. You fooled me!
Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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TNwoodchuck

92 posts in 2359 days


#10 posted 1990 days ago

Great Idea – and well-done!

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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Jason

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#11 posted 1990 days ago

Very impressive. I really like the rotating idea. I’m not sure that is a secret compartment though. It seems to be more of a space! ;-)
It makes me think of Clue-like murder mysteries or spy thrillers.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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SteveKorz

2130 posts in 2298 days


#12 posted 1990 days ago

Very cool!! I love those secret spaces… very well executed.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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woodworm

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#13 posted 1990 days ago

Great job. Nicely built.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Tom Landon

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#14 posted 1990 days ago

Nice job and well thought out. Now don’t tell the kids.

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.

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Michael Brailsford

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#15 posted 1989 days ago

very cool.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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