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Project by fowlerwooddesigns posted 12-06-2011 05:44 PM 6175 views 21 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this was one shelving unit i did for a client. I actually built his whole addition but nearing the end of the job he had mentioned something about having a room that he could store his guns in.. I suggested a hidden room! Now he acually has 3 hidden rooms in his house. This is one of them. It is actually a 10×10 room behind this door.


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#1 posted 12-06-2011 05:59 PM

That’s one slick set up you built there. Also, an excellent way to use space that is otherwise wasted.

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 06:01 PM

I have always loved hidden rooms and passageways in house. I guess it the Scooby Doo kid in me that likes the mysteriousness involved.

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 07:26 PM

That’s awesome! Nice lookin shelves also.

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 07:55 PM

That is a great idea and great bookshelves..

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 08:01 PM

This looks really clean.

Is there any kind of latch, or, could this be accidentally discovered by leaning, or pushing against it?
It looks about the height a child might access fairly easily. I would be concerned about accidental discovery of dangerous weapons by a child.

In commercial work, I use magnetic latches, commonly used for child safe cabinet doors, to latch retail displays to discourage public access. Perhaps this is a potential solution?

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#6 posted 12-06-2011 10:29 PM

That’s just great. I too have always loved the hidden doors and the mystery of what might lie behind them.

Does the door only have a hinge(s) or are there any rollers on the bottom to support the added weight of books?


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 12-06-2011 11:01 PM

Very cool. I love hidden compartments!! Nice job on the build!!

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#8 posted 12-07-2011 02:46 AM

to answer a few questions: yes it does have magnetic locks on it …. and yes i had to put a castor wheel under it to support the weight. the hinges are strong but we were worried about the weight of books and stuff. thanks for the reviews


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#9 posted 12-07-2011 03:26 AM

Great job, it’s nice to get quirky things like that to do. Must have been very satisfying when it all worked out so well.

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#10 posted 12-07-2011 03:48 AM

Thats a great setup. I wonder how you get it latched so it stays closed.

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#11 posted 12-07-2011 04:29 AM

Bond,James Bond 007, eat Your heart out !! Very cool set up and craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 12-07-2011 03:56 PM


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#13 posted 12-07-2011 04:30 PM

Nice I want one.

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#14 posted 12-07-2011 06:40 PM

Sweet!!!!!! I love hidden spaces. Great work and there are all kind of latching systems to prevent and secret releases to pevent them from open. I’m sure your aware of that.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 12-09-2011 08:38 PM

No house is complete without one of these. Very nice work.

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