|Project by Terry Burks||posted 08-01-2010 03:59 AM||8608 views||18 times favorited||13 comments|
I converted an existing attic space to a hidden playroom (I will submit it as a separate project) for my girls. I have always been intrigued by doors concealed as built-in bookshelves and this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. After much internet research of others who have done this, I settled on a unit with fixed shelves for the greatest rigidity. The entire bookshelf box and shelves are 3/4 inch birch plywood. The key to success is using the correct hinge. I chose the Rixson Center Hung Pivot hinge set which was rated for 500 lbs. While this was not cheap, after installation I decided it was the best choice. It is a quality product and fairly intuitive to install. I was able to hang my entire body weight on the opened shelf unit without so much as a creak (except for maybe my arm joints). I spent a great deal of time to make sure the upper and lower hinges were placed exactly in vertical alignment. I was pleased with the result being a shelf unit that is perfectly level no matter what position it is in and stays put in any position. I used a simple magnetic catch to hold the door snugly closed.
-- Terry - Willis, Texas