This instructable will show how I turned a scrap piece of wood into a secret Hide - A - Key.  This is another project that cost me close to nothing to build.  You will need a few power tools so be careful!!

Step 1: Materials and tools needed

Picture of Materials and tools needed
You will need a saw.  I use a chop saw and a band saw.  A couple clamps. And some wood glue.

Step 4: Glue...

Glue and clamp all your pieces together starting with the center. Note: be sure you know which piece will be your top ,because this will NOT get glued.

Step 5: Once...

Once the glue dries your almost done. Too keep the lid on, I insert 2  little dowels into the top piece. Drill a couple holes in the same spot on both pieces, and apply a little glue to hold the dowels in place.  Whallah... put keys , a note, or whatever you want inside and hide in bushes or some other inconspicuous place.
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lilchumy9 months ago
You should enter this into the "Secret Compartments Contest" I think you have a shot. let me know if you do. ill vote. Good job.
jsowder1 year ago
I would make it but I have have wood grips
Mihsin1 year ago
I love the idea, however I needed a sequoia tree trunk to stash the goods were stolen from my summer place ( $11,000).
Cngrats on a small object, but a great saver.
An alternate way of making the hole in the middle would be to use a router. This would eliminate the need for all the gluing. Just a suggestion. Great idea!
ShadowHawk1 year ago
Another idea would be to use a router to clear out the innards. The lid could have some a couple of magnets embedded in one side with a small piece of metal to match on the body-side. That way you wouldn't have to worry about losing the lid if the stick gets knocked around by a kid, squirrel, or other pest. Now.. it's not gonna keep someone from throwing it into a fireplace for kindling, though,, ;)

Great 'ible!
batman963 years ago
I did this with a Chop saw and a Jig saw I made it with a slightly bigger piece and a thinner walls, instead of cutting the side off, I drilled a hole and started cutting out the center there, but you can't do that with a band saw, yours has straighter sides though, I also only put one pin on the corner so it "hinges" the top slides to the side.
ever head of geocahing? this would be a great one!!! (go to for more info)
Thats exactly why I clicked on this 'ible!
lol XD wakojako3 years ago
Same Here, took a geocaching merit badge and now i'm hooked!
cearles3 years ago
heck all i have for saws are a hand saw jig saw and a cirular saw im gunna do it wth those three ill try and get sum pictures to show u how it turns out but i may have to use my webcam to take them cuz i dont have a camera to use for it
HamenChips3 years ago
Very hard to keep but can be converted in to a lamp.

ernie6663 years ago
you could have just routed it out instead of cutting it into pieces.
dawoj4 years ago
Good one. But I am afraid my wife will throw in the fire place.
King Crab4 years ago
It looks good, but I don't see where I could hide this. You can't just have a tiny log sticking up in the middle of your hard. If you have a pile of wood outside, it would be great. But I don't.
if you could cut a length of post then drill a hole and create a stopper which sits in the hole about half way. then have a couple of dowels to keep the post flush. you would just need to fins a way to stop the wood from expanding in wet weather
slamfist4 years ago
thats cool i can think of some possibilities for that, but i have fears of getting loaded and throwing my stash in the fire pit
webman38024 years ago
Nice idea!  Much better than the obviously-fake-hide-a-key-rocks that advertise the spare key.  One question, in the picture I see you're using white glue.  Have you had any trouble with it holding up in rain and weather?  An exterior-rated wood glue might last longer.
l8nite4 years ago
pretty cool ! I don't understand why you cut it up so much though, if you had just sliced off a "top" then drilled and chisled out a space and put the "top" back on with the same "pins"  But then its your idea and seems to have turned out rather well ( a final pic would be nice) Nicely thought out pictures and instructions
depotdevoid4 years ago
Hey cool!  I've been thinking of putting a hidden key outside for my daughter, and this is a great way to go about it!

5 stars, but I'd give you six if I could.