Intro: Hidden Wall Outlet Safe
This instructable will show you how to make a simple and fun wall outlet safe. The wall outlet safe looks just like a normal wall outlet plate but can be used to store your valuables in the wall. It can store quite a bit of stuff things up to 6.5" longs. It is designed for .5" thick sheet rock which is standard in residential housing. Hope you enjoy this instructable and please vote for it in the secret doors and compartments contest.
Step 1: What You Will Need
5.5" x 24" x .5" wood plank. I used poplar that I bought at Home Depot for under $5
Blank outlet wall plate. I got one for $0.50 at Home Depot
Jig saw or laser printer
sheetrock saw or knife
Step 2: Making the Main Box
If you can put together a puzzle this step will be easy for you. I have attached a PDF of all the shapes you will need. If you are lucky like me, and have access to a laser printer, you can just import it and have the laser do all the cutting, making your job easier. However, if you don't have access to a laser printer you can print out the PDF making sure it is 1:1 scale. Then you can continue to trace and cut out all of the shapes with a jig saw or hand saw if that's all you have available.
Once you have cut out your shapes you can glue it together like the above picture showed. You shouldn't need to do any clamping. It should be able to hold its self together once you hold it hand tight for awhile.
Step 3: Putting on the Outlet Plate
Once you have your box assembled the next step is the put on the outlet plate. You can sand or cut a little grove in the top of the plate for your finger to be able to tilt it off the wall. Be careful not to make it to big or else it will be noticed when it's mounted in the wall. Not all plates are the same so depending on what type of you plate you got depends if you need to put some washers on. So what you want, is your plate to be flush with the front of the main box. If it is not you might have to add some washers to make it as flush as possibly. The above picture kinda shows it. Once you have it flushed up it is as simple as screwing in the screws in to mount the outlet plate.
Step 4: Location and Cutting the Hole
Location, location, location. Location is key! You want to find a location that is away from a lot of traffic but still easy to access when needed. It has to be on a non insulated interior wall and you want to make sure it does not lie on a stud. Once you have found your location measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of an existing outlet. Then add .25" to that and this will be the measurement for the bottom of the new hole. You can then make a rectangle that is 2" x 3.75". Cut it out with a Sheetrock saw, knife, or dremel. The Sheetrock saw works the best but be careful there will be dust!
Step 5: Finishing Up
Once you have cut the hole you can simply just slide the box into the whole. It can be opened easily by pulling town the the top and it will just sort of pivot open. It will look just like a normal blank outlet. No one will ever be able to find your stash of valuables.
Hope you enjoyed this instructable and stay tuned for the wall safe with an added lock.