Introduction: Hidden Compartment Shelf

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In this project I make a shelf that has a nice little hidden compartment perfect for hiding valuables from thieves or children!

Some mobile applications won't allow the video to be played so here is the link

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monkeyB1 (author)2015-01-03

Now, I can hide every thing a man needs to hide. IYKWIM!!XD

AustinP22 (author)monkeyB12016-03-25

Like your virginity ooooooooor?

Ryan Whitsett (author)AustinP222017-03-31


Nice and simple. People need to lighten up. I agree with the glasses. But, seriously people. Appreciate it for what it is. Quit critiquing everything he is doing / not doing. Just enjoy that this is a simple, good looking, fun project! ;)

mbrunette (author)2014-11-29

I need to make this, it is absolutely beautiful, great work and thanks for sharing.

D4N13L94RK3R (author)2014-11-25

oh yeah!h

D4N13L94RK3R (author)2014-11-25

oh yeah!h

KenS2 (author)2014-11-18

Just a note on safety, pulling a cut piece back against the tablesaw blade is a very dangerous move, as the piece can climb the blade and start a kickback. Also it roughs up the forward cut. Otherwise its good to see people without gray hair getting into woodworking!

kudzu63 (author)KenS22014-11-19

I saw a guy do that exact thing with a half of a sheet of plywood. It kicked back and I thought it had cut him in half. Knocked him across the room. That taught me all the respect that I needed for a table saw. That and watching a guy get his fingers detatched from one. LOL

showmewoodworks (author)KenS22014-11-18

Haha thanks!

jmcdonald23 (author)2014-11-18

I like this idea. Couple of questions. First, how come you didn't use dovetail joints on the corners of the drawer pieces and also use wood glue? Second, would it be better to add biscuits to the corners of the shelf when assembling it? I know those ain't load bearing but they might get hit and break. Make sure to mention to mount it to 2 studs and not just the drywall like some might do. I really like how you recessed the plywood on the top and bottom into the shelf so that you don't see the plywood edge.

Well to be honest, I am still not all that great with dovetails, when I am in my shop I want to build not practice stuff :) but you could easily use them but I also wanted to use miters because I didn't want a visible joint, and yeah you could use biscuits but like you said since its not load bearing its not that necessary and wood glue is a lot stronger than most people realize so for this task I felt like it would be good enough. I fought over putting in some splines to reinforce the miters with some walnut but my miters came out so clean and practically invisible that I wanted to stay with what I had because the front looked like one big piece of wood. There are so many things you could do with this and hopefully people build it and change it up so I can see what they did!

brv967 (author)2014-11-18

just 2 pics for me, is there a link?

showmewoodworks (author)brv9672014-11-18

I put the link in the description thanks for letting me know I guess that's just on some mobile applications.

brv967 (author)showmewoodworks2014-11-18


TK Trooper (author)brv9672014-11-18

There is a youtube video too

tscoggin (author)2014-11-18

Is there a link to a video? In the Instructables app it's just 2 pictures...

Pkranger88 (author)2014-11-18

Clever shelf. For all the high end tools you have, I'm surprised you don't do more advanced joints.
I probably would've cut a "squaring" board to keep the legs parallel during the glue-up and used a strap clamp.

Now, to really add some flare, put some actual drawer slides on it and a drop latch that will raise when a magnet is placed on top and then you've got something!

I have a strap clamp and I have found for something that has four sides then yeah it would be great but this has three sides and would have pulled the two ends that do not have a connecting piece inward. and a good square to check it after I put the clamp on was just fine. No need to make something simple more complicated if it doesn't need to be but yeah there is a lot of things I could have done and this is a shelf once I have some pictures on it no one will even think twice about it. If it was something like a desk where I was using it on a daily basis then yeah drawer slides would have been great but this will not be opened everyday.

ellisgl (author)2014-11-18

I would put in some sort of locking mechanism, so it doesn't slide right off.

showmewoodworks (author)ellisgl2014-11-18

It is built to kind of sandwich the internal frame its not moving trust me but if it was loose you could put some adhesive backed high grit sand paper or thin rubber on the inside so it doesn't slide around.

TiggerLube (author)2014-11-18

The shelf is a nice idea, but you might want to wear safety glasses when operating power tools and discard your adult beverage can too.

I agree with the glasses I get to focused sometimes and do not think about that but sorry the adult beverage, nothing wrong with that.

Electrolight (author)TiggerLube2014-11-18

I agree on the safety. Safety is important. But lets grow up on the "adult beverage can".

Pkranger88 (author)TiggerLube2014-11-18

Ditto on the safety glasses while using the table saw.

fred1968 (author)2014-11-18

I like your this !

The Rambler (author)2014-11-18

Now I just want to play Time Crisis.

I mean, cool shelf.

Dwargh (author)2014-11-18

It's been a while since I have seen such a well prepared video for an i'ble!

Grrreat job!! :-)

acoleman3 (author)2014-11-18

love the idea and the procedure was described very well. i do have to say though it rather bothered me a bit with the lack of eye and hearing protection using the saw or dust mask with the sander. i guess it just comes with watching the new yankee workshop for as many years as i have.

AllenInks (author)2014-11-18

Totally not what I was expecting. I was thinking it would be a drawer with no drawer pulls, and finely fitting corner miters. Which would be awkward to open. On the other hand, with your design, you have to take everything off the shelf to open it...

Thanks for sharing.

thundrepance (author)2014-11-18

need these so badly .... love the shelf design, & that you didn't stain it brown! my husband made me a nice shelving unit when we were in college, & just shellacked it [per my request] .... every knot-hole looks so cool 8^) ~~ i watched the end twice cuz your kitty cracked me up! ; :^D

thundercookie (author)2014-11-17

I can totally make a coffin table on wheels like this shelf!!!!

i, personally, thought "coffin" table was pretty funny :^D

thundercookie (author)2014-11-17

Sorry I mean coffee table

hjjusa (author)2014-11-14

Good idea, would have never found it.

Wired_Mist (author)2014-11-14

Never though of the reverse drawer, Nice Idea!

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