Bookcase with a Secret

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Project by wood_guy posted 01-27-2009 05:49 AM 5036 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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#1 posted 01-27-2009 06:05 AM

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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#2 posted 01-27-2009 06:22 AM

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 -- --

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#3 posted 01-27-2009 06:41 AM

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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#4 posted 01-27-2009 06:43 AM

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 01-27-2009 08:22 AM

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

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#6 posted 01-27-2009 12:42 PM

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

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#7 posted 01-27-2009 02:34 PM

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.

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#8 posted 01-27-2009 04:11 PM

Thats cool

Nice job,

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

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#9 posted 01-27-2009 05:02 PM

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 01-27-2009 05:47 PM

Great Idea – and well-done!

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

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#11 posted 01-27-2009 06:14 PM

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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#12 posted 01-28-2009 03:41 AM

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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#13 posted 01-28-2009 04:41 AM

Great job. Nicely built.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Tom Landon

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#14 posted 01-28-2009 05:18 AM

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 01-28-2009 05:59 PM

very cool.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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