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Floating shelf w/ secret compartment (I made it at TechShop!)

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This shelf was inspired by the "lack" shelf you can buy at Ikea. I have many of them and really like how minimal they are, but since they are basically a box hanging on the wall i didn't like the waste of "inner space". So to solve that problem i incorporated a bottom that opens to reveal a small storage compartment. this entire project was made at the TechShop Detroit, check it out here http://techshop.ws/

to make this shelf you will need the following:
tools:
-chop saw
-drill
-screwdriver
-hammer
-chisel
-pliers
-sander

materials:
-wood (i used a 6'x12" pine board)
-2 cabinet hinges
-wood glue
-small finishing nails
-1' length small chain
-4 screw in eyelets
-magnetic cabinet latch
-2 heavy duty keyhole picture hangers
-paint of your choice(or leave wood finish)

 
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Step 1: Materials

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again here are all the materials i used (and some i didn't)

materials:
-wood (i used a 6'x12" pine board)
-2 cabinet hinges
-wood glue
-small finishing nails
-1' length small chain
-4 screw in eyelets
-magnetic cabinet latch
-2 heavy duty keyhole picture hangers
-paint of your choice(or leave wood finish)

Step 2: Cutting the wood

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the finished shelf measures 14"wide x 10"deep x 3"tall

so the first thing you want to do is to cut all the wood pieces.

i started by cutting out the larger pieces and working smaller, so here are the measurements for each piece in the order that i cut them out of the board.
top: 9.25" x 12.5"
bottom: 9.25" x 12.5"
front: 14" x 3"
both sides: 9.25" x 3"
back: 12.5" x 2.25"
remember measure twice and cut once!



Step 3: Attaching the pieces (bottom)

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next step is to attach the bottom piece to the front. make sure to center the bottom and leave 3/4" of the front piece on either side
put a small line of wood glue down the entire surface that will be connected together then clamp them tightly while it dries. i also put a few finishing nails in to reinforce it.
dalovedr2 years ago
Awesome on so many levels!
you should name it "Porn Stash Shelf".
hahah this is great!
This is awesome. I'm going to have to make this.
FrozenIce2 years ago
epic!!
MicioGatta2 years ago
Great! Wonderful idea.
l8nite2 years ago
that is a really neat idea ! nicely done instructable as well
StoryAddict2 years ago
This would be a great idea for an entryway or something so you can stash your keys or random pocket objects and not have to look at them if you don't want.