Wall safe concealment

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Project by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler posted 627 days ago 1827 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Intended to conceal a wall safe from prying eyes, this project challenged in a number of ways.

First, it was installed in a building in which there were no square, plumb or straight walls or floors.
Second, this is the first project of its type for me and I had no plans to work from, so I had to engineer it from scratch.
In order to make it a good concealment, the hinges couldn’t give it away that the little bookcase would open, so I used European type hinges. Six of them for good support and adjust-ability.
I used red oak plywood with solid edge bands.
Some of the chair rail and base moulding had to be removed.
Unless my next client wants to pay a premium for heating my shop, this will be the last project of any size until next spring.

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#1 posted 627 days ago

Great job on that!

I like that you have it open in the middle. I would think that a burglar might try tugging on the sides or top to see if it moves or conceals something.


-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 627 days ago

Very, very nice job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 627 days ago

Nice job !

But, now we know … ;-)

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#4 posted 627 days ago

Good Job Don,doing jobs like that can be tricky alright.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 627 days ago

Nive work, I have a safe and concealment with decent reasonable accessability is a difficult balance with the challenge of where it needs to go verses would somewhere else be a better place. Ah the fun of designing and then trying to apply it to reality, such fun.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 627 days ago

You do look pleased with it and rightly so. Nice job, and I hear what you’re saying about heating the shop.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#7 posted 627 days ago

Don, great solution and execution, looks real good. Surprising the lengths some people will go to store their stash of Twinkies.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

#8 posted 627 days ago

Yes you know, but – - –
You don’t know, do you?
I mean –
You don’t know whose safe is concealed, or even what city it’s in, – uh – do you?
The safe is still concealed, isn’t it?


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#9 posted 627 days ago

Wonderful job and yeah…I guess that qualifies as a wall safe!

Once a few things are put on those shelves… will become invisable!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 627 days ago

Nice work Don, It looks like finding the safe is only half the problem, getting in it is another issue! That is one tough looking safe. I agree with jaykaypur, once it has a few things on the shelves no one will ever think what its hiding.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 627 days ago

really nice work don, i agree with others, once the shelves get filled its going to blend right in and no one would think of there being a safe behind that…great job, and you cant even see the split in the shelves…great conceal job.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 627 days ago

Nice work. Eliminates the need for nitro on the lock mechanism to prevent safe cracking ;-)

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

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#13 posted 626 days ago

What a gr8 idea. Very ingenious.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 626 days ago

very good and nice looking. and what a safe! it is a big one.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#15 posted 625 days ago

Great idea!

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