Ever since I first laid eyes on a piece of chunky IKEA furniture, I've wanted to turn its hollow innards into a super secret hiding spot. I first tried (and failed) to make a trap door in the top and then leg of a Lack Side Table, but it is virtually impossible to make a clean cut without irreparably wrecking the clean lines. I then decided to purchase the small Lack Shelf (10$) which provides a hidden backside into which I could access the hollow interior. This project worked out better than expected with several accessories that amplify the spy geek factor (Neodymium-magnet keys hidden in antique razor tins, and an alarm system harvested from a musical birthday card). Check out the video below which shows how it works.

Step 1: ITEMS and TOOLS

You will need a few items:

1. Lack wall shelf from ikea (10$)
2. 2 screws to install the shelf (not included with the shelf)
3. Wall anchors for installing the shelf (unless your wall studs are 8 3/4 inches apart)
4. Scrap fine grained particle board 1 foot by 1 foot (1/8 inch thick). You can use the backing of an old picture frame. 
5. Two old hard drives (or 4 Neodymium magnets)
6. Musical Birthday Card (for the alarm)

For this project you will need a few workshop tools:

1. Drill with bit wider than 0.5 inches
2. Jigsaw
3. Wood glue
4. Glue gun
5. Screwdriver
6. Vice
7. Set of Torx screwdrivers
8. Safety glasses
9. Small clamps

<p>awesome idea, thanx so much for sharing....only thing is though I can't help thinking it wd be more secure if you didn't post videos of how to get into it and post'em online.....;-)</p>
Haha. I realize that I've given away the key, Fortunately I don't own anything worth stealing. Thanks for the comment!
<p>Cool video there!<br>I love original and adaptive thinking.<br>ps. the colours are awesome as well! cheers mate</p>
Thanks, it was a really fun project.
<p>looks nice, but the door is held in by friction?</p><p>tnx</p>
<p>yep. I was going to put something weakly magnetic on the inside to keep the door closed, but it wasn't necessary in the end. I figure, once the perp knows its a safe, he can just walk away with it or stomp on it to get the valuables out. Thanks for comment!</p>
Thanks I was not sure. You can do the top of any hollow core door same way. In an emergency I can imagine some one running out of a burning house clutching a door they ripped off the hinges, having placed the family jewels inside it!!!
<p>hahahaha. I've got the sequence playing out in my head. Hilarious! Good idea though, plus you could make a cover the entire length of the door and use it for longer items (german bonds and sceptres).</p>
<p>and guns!! lol</p>
This is so clever and easy and cheap enough for an older woman to make on her own. You have my vote for sure
<p>Thanks! Let me know how it turns out.</p>
<p>thank you for the Instructable its very nice. IKEA have a lot of hollow things and these shelfs also come in different siezes. i gues you could make it with other Ikea stuff to :)</p>
Thanks! The advantage of the shelf is that you don't have to worry about wrecking a clean edge. I tried getting into a Lack table and failed miserably.
<p>this is my favorite Stash project to date. clean, simple, elegant. </p>
<p>Wow, Thanks! </p>
<p>Awesome job on the Instructable.</p><p>I have the same silver perpetual flip calendar you show on your shelf. It was my Grandfather's and is at least 60 years old. I've never seen another one. We use it everyday so the paper inside is a bit worn. I think of him everyday as we flip to the new date. </p>
<p>Thanks! Ive never seen another one either. Mine looks like it was attached to a cardboard promotional material at some point. Still works really well.</p>
<p>cool idea, and good execution. If you don't have an stud finder, you can simply use one of the magnets (before installing them in hidden safe)! Fold the magnet in some tape (makes it easy to hold, and won't scuff the paint),start approx.16&quot;-18&quot; from the corner, and slide the magnet up and down the wall until you feel it grab; that will be a screw/nail holding the drywall to the stud. Pencil a small mark 1/2&quot; above or below the spot (so as to not hit said screw/nail when placing new screws).</p>
<p>Great tip! Its probably more precise than may cheapo Black and Decker unit. Thanks for the comment!</p>
<p>Did you not just publish to the world what you just built? Oh... Anyways, cool idea and neat execution. I think it would be highly unlikely that someone discovered that safe. Thanks for sharing! </p><p>Have you considered making the magnets pivot so you could use them as latches?</p>
<p>I did. It was my feable attempt at sarcasm (they should make a font for that). Thanks for the comment.</p><p>I had considered having an actual latch after seeing this amazing work:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Magnetic-Combination-Lock-Picture-Safe/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Magnetic-Combinati...</a></p><p>but I figure that if a devious person has realized that it is a safe, then he only has to walk a way with it and smash it with a hammer... The safety is really in the deception, after that there is no real protection for you stash.</p>
<p>If you do a latch put light gauss magnets inside to keep the pins from moving , your stacked neodids will snag the pins and pull them away from the weaker force.</p>
<p>Good and valid point... Yeah, a sophisticated locking mechanism would be pointless... Even if it prevented opening, it would not keep someone from stealing the safe... </p><p>Maybe stuffing the save with fabric or crumbled paper to prevent the loot from banging about in case someone removes it... </p>
<p>Good point; if you look closely at the video I am hesitant to shake too hard because I had some heavy coins in there that want to bust out.</p>
<p>you can also use gsm sms arduino modul to send you an sms to your phone directly.</p><p>http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/ArduinoGSMShield</p>
<p>I'm going to starting plying with my first arduino this weekend. Maybe V.2 will be fully wired! Thanks</p>
<p>Nice instructable, you should cut a piece of lexan for the top, it'd look decorative and you wouldn't need to pick everything up off the shelf every time you want to get into your safe, just slde the lexan off and everything stays in place.. make getting in and out faster not having to remove and replace items every time.</p><p>Really liked using a cannibalized sound chip from a greeting card. very clever.</p>
<p>Thanks man, that's great idea!</p>
<p>You can replace the switching device on the music card with a reed switch so that the sound module can be triggered directly by the absence of the magnetic field rather than pulling on the nut. </p>
<p>Interesting. I never considered hacking that little module. I have a few more of those saved up. Thanks.!</p>
I love the MacGyveresque of your materials. I never thought of using a greeting card.very cool
<p>Thanks! I think that must be the ultimate complement on instructables.</p>
<p>This is a brilliant idea; I have a longer version of this shelf which I will modify next free weekend, kudos!</p>
Thanks! I was looking at the wide one too, but I wasn't sure how the internal structure was distributed (full along the length of the posts?). It should be less tricky getting it off the wall though, the brackets on the short Lack are really finicky.
<p>I really like how you used a moving GIF to show the door opening & closing. Gonna have to pick that trick up for my own instructables......Nice work! </p>
<p>Thanks. There are many cheap (or free) apps on smartphones to make these with basic editing. </p><p>If a picture is worth a thousand words, then may an animated GIF is maybe worth a million?</p>

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