Secret Hole in The Wall

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Project by KelSnake posted 09-25-2015 03:23 PM 1673 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Secret Hole in The Wall

A lot of folks have one of these second floor cubby spaces in their home, this particular lady had just a hole cut out of the drywall and someone threw a door up over it. Normally this space holds Christmas decorations and last years squirrel feeder that your second cousin gave you last year, but hey, who am I to judge.

Well, I couldn’t have that now could I? This small space is like a walk in closet and so aromatic cedar seemed appropriate and the trim she offered to paint it herself later, I guess we are all trying to save a few bucks where we can.

I used the aromatic cedar tongue and groove cedar for the main covering. The secret door is accessed by the small but very strong magnetic wand and finally comes out in two pieces.

The very simple locking mechanism is shaped like a boot that hooks under a tab on the permanent wainscotting piece has strong neo magnets as well, which allows the wand to move the ‘boot’ to the locked and unlocked positions. There is a tiny neo magnet that keeps the ‘boot’ securely in the locked position. Once the boot has been mooved to the unlocked (left) position, the panel piece can be lifted up and the bottom swings out of the channel, lowing the piece removes it from the top channel and out. Without unlocking the ‘boot’, the space remains unaccessable.

The larger secondary piece cannot be removed until the first piece has been removed. Slide to the right to mid point between each side, lift up, pull bottom out, pull down as the top is pulled free of the top channel.

A pretty simple build if you happen to have a similar set up and wanna play. ; )

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 03:25 PM

...oh, and the extra magnets on the first panel are to add confusion and distract from the simple solution. ; )

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 03:47 PM

I would label this as (former) secret hole in wall ;)

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 04:09 PM

...ahhh, good point, ...just one of the many fun things I built for this customer. And damn it if she doesn’t show all her friends anyway. Oh well, they musn’t be very valuable Christmas decorations, lol!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 04:34 PM

hmmm. if she paints it , it will curl and she won’t be able to open it.
or it will curl away from the wall depending on season.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 09-25-2015 04:42 PM

nicely done! Love the magnet wand!

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 07:15 PM

The “door” looks good, but I’m not really diggin’ that orange and pink paint !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 09-25-2015 08:31 PM

This would also be a good solution for those under-bathtub accesses which are always in the room next to the bath.

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 12:29 AM

I love hidden little areas. This is a good done. However, I must agree with Joe, the paint has to go.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#9 posted 09-26-2015 12:09 PM

Oh, no, I think she is only going to pain the top and bottom trim, she knows not to paint the cedar, lol.

Yes Ocelot, very good for under jucuzzi tubs and the like, you never know when you need in for service.

And for the record, I am not so fond of those colors either, but alas, this client loves her closet space so whatever makes her happy ya know?

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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