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No feature in a home captures the imagination like a secret compartment or secret passage. But no secret compartment is complete without a secret way to open it. So today, I am going to share with you several ways that you can use a simple hanging candlestick to access the hidden secrets in your house.

 
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Step 1: Decide on a Kind of Secret Compartment

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There are a lot of different kinds of secret compartments that you could implement. You can find a a number of great examples on the Instructables collection: Secret Doors, Drawers & Compartments. You can use a regular door and disguise it to look like something else. You can make a whole bookshelf that rotates. You can create false walls. The possibilities are endless so use your imagination.

Pictures above are from:
Stryker @ http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Mysterious-Bookcase/
The Goose @ http://www.instructables.com/id/BOOKCASE-DOOR-THAT-REPLACES-YOUR-DOOR/
flaming_pele! @ http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Motorized-Secret-Entrance/

Step 2: Select a Latch to Keep the Compartment Closed

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Most secret compartments are held closed with some kind of latch. A door latch works well for this kind of application because it is fairly sturdy and reasonably easy to install. I recommend using a simple latch without any locks like the kind used for closets because they are a little easier to work with. So that will be the primary latch that we use in this project. But you can also use other kinds of latches such as cabinet latches, window latches or even fence latches. However if you use one of these, then you may need to modify you construction methods a little.

looks cool might do it some time!

astral_mage12 months ago
just recycling what they did in the past.
Really interesting. Misterious room.
Just replace the doorknob! Awesome and easy!