A "secret" door for the laundry area and tv stand

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Project by dan abalos posted 06-20-2010 05:38 AM 3472 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey y’all LJers
I was remodeling a basement from water damage and the owner wanted a “secret” door to the laundry area. She wanted something that looked like a built in shelf but was really a door. I designed this door and used 1×6 pine and birch plywood for the back. Three big honkin’ hinges hold it up and it worked out great. When the door is closed it looks like a shelf but then you push it open and voila!, the laundry room. She was very happy with it. The tv stand was for her giant screen tv that she wanted to have shelf space for DVD’s and etc to store as she had little shelf space in the basement. I used pine again, as she painted it black. I think it was 1×8’s. The bridge is separate from the shelves and are attached with four bolts and wing nuts for easy disassembly if the need arises.
It ain’t great but I had a ton of fun designing and building the secret door.
Enjoy and thanks.

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#1 posted 06-20-2010 05:43 AM

Looks good Dan There is one problem… it’s not secret any more.

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#2 posted 06-20-2010 05:45 AM

Very Cool. What a novel idea. Nice execution too.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#3 posted 06-20-2010 05:52 AM

I build a bookcase years ago, that had one section as a secret door, I use a wheel as well to help support the section as they get very heavy when loaded with books.

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#4 posted 06-20-2010 07:08 AM

I would like a secret door, but there is no place that it wouldn’t be obvious that a door must be there ;-)

Great job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-20-2010 07:29 AM

Great job

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#6 posted 06-20-2010 11:07 AM

Your customer should be very pleased; that’s great work on two projects. The secret door is super!

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#7 posted 06-20-2010 11:38 AM

Cool idea. I wish I could do that. But my kids would still find me somehow. LOL

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#8 posted 06-21-2010 05:17 AM

James Bond would be proud!

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#9 posted 06-21-2010 05:48 AM

Nice…embedded rare earth magnets to keep it closed? Well done!

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#10 posted 06-21-2010 03:59 PM

I love these types of projects. Great job. Any pictures of the finished project?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 06-21-2010 08:53 PM

Great work. Every house needs one of these. And I agree, they really are a fun to design and build.

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