This project is simple and takes about a half hour. Some tools for construction are as follows:
- Sharp pocket knife
- Pick tool of some sort, either a small flat head screw driver (will be used to hollow out inside of cork)
- Piece of small tubing, I used an old broken tent pole cut down, you can use anything that will fit inside of the cork
- bottle of good wine and real cork (not the new rubbery corks)
- wine glass to drink the wine as you work on the project!
Step 1: Preparing the Cork
Next we will cut 1/4" piece off the top. This will act as the lid. Try and make your cut as un-obtrusive as possible for when you put the lid on, you want there to be as little markings as possible.
Next push the tubing into the center of the bottom cork to make a depression that will act as our template when we begin hollowing the inside. You may find it easier to see the depression if you mark it with a pen.
Step 2: Hollowing Out the Cork
Now we will begin hollowing out the interior of the cork. You may find using a drill bit by hand will get you deep enough into the cork to the use the pick. Work your way down until you reach about an 1/8" of an inch from the bottom of the cork. Hollow out the inside as evenly as possible as you will need to slide the tubing in to act as the inside chamber.
Take care at this point as the cork becomes delicate the more insides are removed.
Once this has been completed, cut your tubing to fit on the interior of the cork. Insert tubing into the interior of the cork. Make sure it hits the bottom while still leaving an 1/8" of tubing sticking out the top. This will act as the lip for the lid.
Step 3: Building the Lid
As in step 3, make another template using the tubing on the lid that you cut in step 1. Hollow out just a touch of the lid making sure that it fits snugly onto the tubing.
Also try and make sure that the transition from lid to cork is as seamless as possible so as to hide the fact that it is a Hidden compartment.
Step 4: Find a Wine Cork Hidden Compartment Guardian
Of course this hidden compartment can be used for hiding all sorts of loot. I personally store bricks of gold bullion in mine as well as a key and a bullet.
With so much value in a small hidden compartment, you may want to find a loot guardian.
Fritz is a mean old puss and usually his eyes alone keep the contents of this cork secret! He does a fine job when he's not sleeping or chasing squirrels.