In this project you'll learn how to make a super secret safe that nobody will recognize, even if they're looking straight at it.

I made a parts list for this project that you can have for free

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Step 1: Watch the Video!

I saw a picture of a hidden wall safe on http://www.lifehacker.com and found it was a product being sold for about $8.00 from ThinkGeek.com.

Rather than order one, it seemed feasible to make one with just a couple of materials from the hardware store.  Not to mention, much cheaper.

There are so many variations that could be made to this idea.  I demonstrated 4 that I came up with, and perhaps the best one was the fact that you could just use the box behind your cable.  If you use one of those, it's completely free, and you don't have to cut any new holes in your walls.

WARNING: Extreme caution should be used when cutting into sheetrock.  There may be electrical wires, or other sensitive materials behind the wall that can't be seen, and could be damaged when cutting.   Use of video content is at own risk.
<p>Nice! But won't work in most european houses! ^^ We have concrete walls!</p>
<p>Dwargh: How do you mount electric service boxes when your walls are concrete? I suppose you could build them in when the concrete is poured; but then how do you add more if you need them?</p>
Many euro homes have electrical and even plumbing just running on the interior face of the wall... It's not unusual to see conduit or pipes run along the top or bottom of a wall (where wall meets ceiling or meets floor). It looks odd to a non-European, but it sure makes servicing easier!
hm... never faced the situation of needing a new electric service box :) But I guess I'll have to pry my walls open ^^
<p>Great idea, but yes, most european houses have concrete :-)</p>
<p>Cool!</p><p>I wanted to go with the cable jack option, but I just took a look and in my house all the electrical boxes have screwless face plates, is there any way of taking them off?</p>
<p>the screwless outer trim just pops off. There is an inner piece that's held in with screws.</p>
<p>I tried... :(</p><p>After a lot of tries I managed to pop off one corner, but then when I did the other corner the outer rim was jammed with the inner ring and I pulled out the inner ring, on my outlet the inner ring does not seem to be screwed in place as it came off.</p>
<p>That is not what I had in mind when you said screwless face plates. You have wall-mounted junction boxes. Though it could work with yours (for very tiny stashes) I think this instructable was geared toward traditional junction boxes that are recessed inside the wall, with plates that are mounted flush on the wall.</p><p>Can you post a front view of those wall-boxes?</p><p>These are the screwless plates i was describing:</p>
<p>Here you go....</p>
<p>Here you go....</p>
<p>Just pop them right off!</p>
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<p>My friends Smith&amp;Wesson have no problems to stop any robbers in their tracks. Why hide things? Let Smith &amp; Wesson have some fun too.</p>
<p>You hide them because you and your friends may not be at home when thieves come to visit. Smarter thieves will do their best to visit when no one is home. Of course the thiefs may have friends with those names as well</p>
<p>Maybe Smith and Wesson could even play hide and seek in there when they're not needed... </p>
<p>secret's out now. Thanks a lot.</p>
<p>Visitor: Hey, how come this outlet doesn't work?</p><p>Me: I'm sorry you found that. Very sorry indeed, because I always liked you, but now my secret's out...</p>
<p>Add one more rare earth magnet idea.<br><br>I built a secret hidy hole for a guy using rare earth magnets to hold a panel on the upper portion of a wall. The panel was about two feet by two and a half feet, provided several cubic feet of storage and sat just above a break in the wall, where trim work sat. <br><br>You would never know it was there, unless you pulled on the trim attached to the panel, which took several pounds of pressure to remove. The center of the panel had reinforcement, so pounding on it rang much like any other part of the wall.<br><br>The magnets had one side sanded, to give the glue a grip surface. Then a hole was drilled ONLY deep enough and wide enough to allow you to press the magnet into the wood, and be held in place by epoxy.<br><br>The same was done in the corresponding spots on the wood frame to which the panel attached. The marks for the corresponding holes were made by just placing some metal object on the first set of magnets installed so that a dimple would be left when the panel was pressed against the wall.<br><br>This same idea would work for Wainscoting too. Since rare earth magnets keep their pull for fifty or more years, it would be a long time before attention had to be given them.<br><br></p>
<p>In light of the number of people commenting about hiding metal near live terminals, it might be a good idea to make more clear, up front, that was not done and should not be done. I didn't look at the video either. I do electrical and remodeling, so don't need a detailed instruction on how to pull this off. As others point out, there are other reasons people might not sift through all the information available.</p>
<p>Great instructable. Aside the comical aassertions of nay sayers who believe common thieves closely monitor Instuctables, and are going to check for every hiddy hole suggested here, this gave several more good ideas.<br><br>I'd contemplated using kick board areas, under cabinets, secured by rare earth magnets. They could be pulled out using another, stronger rare earth magnet on a light metal plate secured to the front. The drawers could be just boxes that slid out or could come out on roller slides.</p>
<p>The OPs posting coupled with many of the ideas here for hiding stuff are all good... for hiding. However one of the other purposes of a safe is to protect the contents, not just hide them. Protect from what? A fire for example. Having a handful of coins hidden in a wall box is fine for not getting them stolen but if your house catches fire at best you're going to have melted lump and that's if your lucky. As long as your coins are for commodity value that might be acceptable but if they have numismatic value then you lose. </p><p>Perhaps a similar Instructable on taking a true fire safe and doing some type of camouflage to hide it in plain sight would make a decent follow up? </p>
Thieves will be searching drawers, cupboards, safes for treasures, they wouldnt have time, or effort to notice the outlet. Testing outlet? Unless thieves' phone battery is running low, and you are telling me that they brought along a charger, in case they wanna charge. Period. <br> <br>But to be on safe side, do it away from real live outlet. Do it safe.
I've been doing it with live one ?
He copied this from a book
Still gives a good idea. Atleast he shared to help others.
Im doing this long time ago. I hid my coins and bills into it. Its safe
<p>till someone plugs something in </p>
The socket is still working coz i've used the existing socket and the wires are still on it so even if they plug something on it,it still work as normal socket
Boss hog
<p>Very clever idea. I like it.</p>
Half the security in this is the fact that you need a screwdriver to open it. Doing &quot;something clever with magnets&quot; is a dead giveaway to anyone searching, &amp; if testing the socket they will likely accidently open it too!
<p>I can't imagine any house robber would check any of the 100 outlets in a typical house to see if they're real or fake..</p>
<p>If house &quot;robbers&quot; are your problem, then consider yourself lucky. Many of use need to worry about the police smashing down the door. </p>
<p>Thanks for taking the time to take pics and put on the instructable.Good idea gives me a project to do.</p>
<p>What next? A waterproof bag in the toilet tank?</p>
<p>If you're using an inside wall, the cavity between the studs will be empty (no insulation to contend with). Therefore, you can use a &quot;low-voltage ring&quot; that has similar &quot;wings&quot; for mounting - but no box just the mounting flange! With those, you can reach into the hole and put items into the cavity - make sure you arm can reach to the bottom of the cavity so you don't loose your treasure!</p><p>As an alternative, you can put the treasure in a bag with it's drawstring secured to the box so you don't loose it and can simply pull the bag up when you need access.</p><p>Good instructable...</p>