Picture of Sliding door secret compartment
Welcome, This is a sliding door secret compartment project. It has the look of a simple and inexpensive picture frame to throw any unwanted people off. With a push of a button the picture fame slides open/close.

The door is driven by a continuous rotation servo motor with a pulley system. There are two hidden push buttons that control the servo motor rotation. Inside the enclosure there is a Normally Open mini contact switch (NO), and 5 LEDS . As the door slides open the switch goes from normally open to close state, turning the LEDS ON. When sliding door closes, it turns the LEDS OFF, by changing the contact switch back to N.O state.

The circuit is a typical and simple servo motor driver/tester, using the 555 IC timer. This circuit works great with continuous rotation servos. I built this project using whatever parts were  handy and available that I could use at the time it was built.

There are a lot of features you can apply to this project, for example using a microcontroller like the Arduino to control a motion sensor, Clapping sensor, Wireless Remote, a camera that text you pictures when the door is been open, use an entry key pad code to activate the door. There are a lot of things you can add to this project, to make it more of a spy kind of gadget.

Step 1: Material List

Picture of Material List
  1. Plastic pulley set (eBay or Hobby store)
  2. Big continuous rotation servo motor
  3. Jumper wires
  4. Small breadboard
  5. (1) 4AA Battery holder
  6. (4) AA Batteries
  7. (2) Small push button switch
  8. (1) Mini contact switch
  9. Light or LEDS
  10. Male pin headers
  11. 555 IC timer
  12. (1) BC547 transistor
  13. Resistors: 1K, 68K, 33K, 10K and 47K.
  14. Small 1/2" wood screws
  15. wood glue
  16. 1/4" x 2' x 4' poplar hobby board (home depot)
  17. Michaels store: small storage box 12" x 9" x 3 1/8", (2) Balsa 1/8" x 8" x 3" sticks.

whats in the bag?

ASCAS1 year ago

AWESOME! I bet this will win 1st in the Secret Doors & Compartment contest :D

adevaraju1 year ago
amazing! Great work.
ewilson61 year ago
that is awesome
kenbob1 year ago

Love it!

Really well done. Good job :)

rannur1 year ago

thats awesome

i want make like this but i would make a drawer

useful11 year ago

i like what looks to be a dent on the left side of the picture frame, lol. great instructable.

scooter761 year ago

Can't wait to make this, got my vote(s)

robdavinci (author)  scooter761 year ago

Thank you for your vote (s).

So cool
robdavinci (author)  Angie.Jieli1 year ago

Thank you.

Housedog1 year ago

Very cool!

I can't wait to build one.

robdavinci (author)  Housedog1 year ago

Thank you, I'm adding a wireless remote control to operate the door.

Mr. Noack1 year ago

That's pretty cool!

robdavinci (author)  Mr. Noack1 year ago

Thank you