Introduction: Desk Key Secret Compartment

My highboy desk already has a few secret compartments. The desk was my grandmothers; I bought it at the estate sale. Most of my grandmother’s important papers could not be found. I eventually found the paperwork in the secret compartments hidden in the desk.
The desk now houses my pen collection. I wanted to hide the only key - close by (instead of leaving it in one of the three locks). I came up with the idea of using a magnet and tin to hide the key.

Step 1: Placing the Magnet

I happen to have some strong rare earth magnets that I got out of computer hard drives.
I am using the magnet in conjunction with a metal candy tin to hold the desk key.
I pulled out the bottom drawer; the board that is under the drawer is a dust board.
There is not anything more than placing the magnet down on top of the dust board.
I replaced the bottom drawer.
The magnet is strong enough to hold the key in the tin out of sight under the desk.

Step 2: Hiding the Key

I did not need to secure the magnet.
Just by putting the tin in the general magnet area, I can feel the pull on the tin.
I just let go of the tin.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

Step 3: Other Secret Compartments

The desk already has a few secret compartments.
I am showing just one of them; a slide out column, with a hollow compartment.

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starwarsgeek1 (author)2014-02-10

thats cool how the desk already had a secret compartment

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I know, it is amazing my grandmother never told anyone.

From now on; I will always look at furniture to see if there
is a secrete compartment.

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