How to make a secret door / bookcase

How to make a secret door / bookcase

Hey I’m Bob and I like to make stuff, today I’m gonna make a bookcase that’s also… a secret door To allow the cabinet to swing out, what you see from the outside has to be larger than whats on the inside So I made a face-frame out of one by pine These pieces are a little bit thick for most built in cabinets, but they actually match the thickness of some existing cabinets in the space it worked out pretty well in that way I used pocket holes to connect all these pieces Pocket holes are great because they’re hidden, and in this case it allows me to build the frame flat, without having to have the structure of the cabinet behind it yet I used a taller board on the bottom to match the base trim in the room Then I cut some more pieces to use for the fronts of the shelves and attached them the exact same way Next it was time to build the actual structure of the cabinet, that was gonna go behind the frame I made this all out of MDF It’s so easy to work with, it’s really inexpensive, and it’s going to be painted anyway I used some glue and brad nails just to hold them in place Then came back and drilled holes with countersinks and screwed them all together so they’d be nice and strong the size of this box is the same size as the interior dimensions of the frame I added pocket holes all the way around the box as a nice clean hidden way to attach the frame I laid down a bead of glue and then put the frame in place I lined up the corners and then used the Brad nails to hold the frame down before I put the pocket screws in You’ll save yourself a lot of sanding If you get the pine and the MDF lined up before you connect them with pocket screws the shelves were cut out of MDF as well and I used a square to draw lines so that I could line the shelves up when I put them in place with the pockethole screws again take your time to get the MDF and the pine lined up before you screw it all together And for good measure, I just shot some brads down through the front faces of the shelves go back with wood filler and then sand it all While I was working on this project I was listening to The Martian by Andy Weir on Audible It’s a science fiction book, but it’s a little more like fictional science It’s very scientific and very precise If you’re into that kind of thing I would definitely check it out ’cause I am enjoying it But if you don’t like that there’s a hundred and fifty thousand other titles on audible that you can check out Be sure to go to to get a free month of the service and a free book whether you keep the service or not and going there helps to support my videos for the backs of the cabinets, I cut down pieces of 8 inch plywood and just really lightly brad nail them on I want them to be able to pop out really easily in case of emergency Before adding the hidden hinges I wanted to reinforce the side of the frame I cut another piece of one by and spread lots and lots of glue on it Then I clamped it in place and let it dry overnight For these particular hinges, you mark the center point and then you use the template and mark where the holes are gonna be These hidden hinges are really awesome I’ll have links to everything you need in the description I marked off the necessary depth on the force drill bit and then drilled the holes You want to make sure you don’t go too deep here Because then the hinge will not sit flush with the face come back and clean up the hole with a knife and a chisel Again, only make the holes as deep as the instructions tell you to put the hinge in place pre-drill the holes and then screw it in do the same for the other hinge To account for some variation in the floor I had to make some 8 inch plywood inserts to put underneath the wheels when I attached them to the bottom of the cabinet You’ll also notice that the wheel is at an angle on purpose Then it was just priming and painting the cabinet I found a really cool Jules Verne novel to use as the secret latch I measured the width and the height and then carefully cut out all the pages as one chunk Hopefully I’ll be able to reuse this book I cut down some scrap pine that I had and glued it all together to make up a fake interior to the book Before the glue dried I made sure to push the center piece out to force the spine into shape So that the spine wouldn’t be squishy when the book was on the shelf I clamped it all together and let it dry After it dried I cut off the excess on the backside and then ran it over the joiner just to smooth out all the edges Then I sprayed the top gold to kinda look like the original pages Put some glue on put the cover on, clamped it together to dry Since I had thickened the wall where the hinges went I had to cut out some of the original frame to make allowance for it Multi-tools like this are really handy for notching out pieces I set the book case in place and then marked where the center of the hinges fell against the wall and use that line to place the template directly on the door frame Then I made holes for the hinges, just like before Finally it was time to mount the book case This is really just a matter of getting the hinges lined up and getting them pushed in place and then adding screws I will tell you this is much easier with with someone helping you to hold the book case so that You can focus on getting the screws in straight You don’t want to take a chance of snapping one off And It doesn’t fit Here’s the problem The diagonal measurement of the cabinet has to be smaller than the opening So that it can swing out I had this figured out ahead of time when I was first doing the design But later the design process, we decided to change the depth of the shelf This threw the whole triangle off And I didn’t make allowance for it At this point, the simplest thing to do without starting over was just to cut off the corner with the saw My blade wasn’t deep enough so I had to go back with the handsaw to chop off the excess I knocked it out and it work just fine I cut some extra pieces of plywood to fill in the gaps from the inside Since they’re painted white and there’s going to be books in front of them You ended up not seeing them anyway and nail them into the MDF and it was all good to go Since the cabinet is so much deeper than the door frame than it’s in I had to build an offset to hold the latching mechanism I use some two by eight and some MDF to make a little shelf That it could screw in behind the door frame Glue the pieces together and then countersunk some screws in from both sides I added some pocket holes from the back side to make the joint even stronger to the door frame Then I screw it in with the two by four frame around the opening I use the drill bit from the pocket hole jig to notch out to knock out the door jamb and then screw it in I added a self-adjusting gate latch but it turned out that the movement was a bad thing So I pulled it out, knocked out the pin and then screw it right into my bracket It needed to be sturdy so that the door could catch on it every single time I added a one by piece of pine to the cabinet so that I had something sturdy to attach the latch to Re-drill some holes and then put the latch in place Screw in a simple handle into the back of the MDF shelf so you can close it from the inside It works I made a mark for the wire to pass through by moving the latch up and down Had to take the latch off and then drilled several holes and then cut it out with a knife Unfortunately this cause some tear out on the inside of the shelf but we came back later and painted it I use some double-sided tape and some felt to make sure that the book could move smoothly against the wall Screwed in an eyelet to the backside of the book and then wrapped wire in through it I started out with the picture frame wire and it turned out not to be rigid enough So later on, I swapped it out with the gate latch pull wire I’ll have the right item listed on the what you’ll need section on my site for this project I had to carve out a little bit of wood on the book to make sure the hinge was flushed Push the hinges far forward as you can and then screw it into the cabinet Make sure that it moves smoothly and then feed the wire back through the hole You’ll have to play with the wire until you get the right tension Because you wanna make sure that the book can both pull and push the latch And here it is all finished And overall I’m really excited about this I mean it works really well It works better than I thought it would and the friend that I made it for is really excited about it If you’re gonna make one of these be prepared to do lots of shimming and sanding and trimming to make it fit Especially if you’re putting it into an old construction The floor in this room is not level so I had to adjust the wheels to match the floor And this trim is not square so I had to adjust for that Just lots of little fixes to make it fit like I wanted it to fit Even though the latch is connected to the book and there’s a cable that you could grab and use by hand In case that cable were to come loose or break you can also push these panels out They’re just nailed with a few brads and so it would be really easy to get through there If you needed to in case of an emergency and even though we’re finished i’m still
going to come back and work on it some more we’re going to add a third hinge
just to support the weight a little bit more and it still needs quarter around
along the bottom so that it matches up with the rest of the trim in the room if you liked this project for you have
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100 thoughts on “How to make a secret door / bookcase

  1. The price of the tools, time, labor, and price of items might as well just pay someone to do it. Howeverrrrr, then that person knows about my secret

  2. I know I'm late to the party but I just had to say that The Martian is one of the best books I've ever read

  3. I would have spent more time making the prop book look like it did before the pages were removed. If anyone were to walk up to the bookshelf, they could probably see the wire and the prop book pretty clearly.

  4. this is cool and i would love to make it but i dont have any place it would fit in. no one has random bookshelfs in the hallway

  5. How much is a fair price for charging/paying somone for this project. Like what would be the range yould expect to see.

  6. Me: *dreams about making something cool like this but never does*
    Someone watching me: why not do it
    Me: Power tools! I don't have Power Tools!!!!
    Someone: Dude, you have a whole work area in ur garage
    Me: NO I DON'T

  7. I can throw cards better than all of u but here’s the catch if u wanna throw a card then rely on the flick of ur wrist and arm so put the card between ur fingers and pull ur arm back as much as u can then flick and jolt ur arm forwards at once then u’ll get the hang of it from there on

  8. After seeing your vedio i made this thing bigger than yours and connected my study room…. Love you

  9. I would just put shelves on a door, and hide the doorknob with books or something.

    But I can't do construction, so…

  10. Very cool. Unfortunately, if I tried to build something like this it would look like something Homer Simpson built. I admire the ingenuity and skill of people that can see a project like this all the way through.

  11. I don’t want to sound lazy, but can I just like hire this dude to do it for me? I just don’t have the time.

  12. I'm thinking a cut down 2x would be better for the frame.

    What are your thoughts, you have wheels with 1200 lb capacity. The hinge shouldnt be taking most of the force. So even a weightier board would be fine and increase security say if it was for a safe room door.

  13. By the way, thanks for this video, took the guess work out of the project. I just completed the tear down and patch today.

  14. I think that if I were to make one of these, I would have the door swing into the hidden room rather than out into the world, for three reasons. First, you could use far heavier hinges and bracing. Second, your fit wouldn't have to be nearly so precise because the trim on the front would cover the gap. Finally, you could ensure that the floor under the roller is level with respect to the hinge line. The one drawback is that you would have to step over the trim along the bottom, and would need to make a ramp that could be dropped into place if you wanted to roll something in or out.

  15. I’m so jealous of you guys being able to make all kinds of stuff. I just don’t have the resources to do the extra things I love to do. Woodwork!!!

  16. Fun Fact : If you right click on the video, a translucent black box comes up. The last button down says "Stats for Nerds". Hope you guys enjoyed this fun fact!

  17. Now, how to do this in Minecraft? Asking for a friend?

    Nice video btw, I may not be able to build stuff, it’s just relaxing for me to see stuffs get build. Don’t ask why

  18. what about a swivel onbe where it spins around like scooby doo you know like a rotating door in really cool buildings because onyl cool buildings have rotating doors you go to a crackhouse and theres a rotating door? no but there should be because crackhouses are cool oh whats this you say theres a crackhouse with a rotating door at 242 fairhaven drive why thats my crackhouse i own a cool crackhouse buy my crack buy my crack buy my crack buy my crack buy my crack buy my crack

  19. oh my god..i so wanna learn everything you know sir…electronics, wiring and arduino…carpentry work…the tools you handle so fluently and 3D modelling and all the science and hardware stuff you know. RESPECT sir.

  20. My dad made a secret door under the stairs of his 5 house but you need a fingernai to get in or a regular screwdriver

  21. My dude This is Minecraft in real life this is what you do when you can't play Minecraft on your phone or Xbox one because you don’t have Internet or data
    What the fuck 😑👌👌👌👌

  22. Why Don't You Connect Fog Machine?
    If Anyone Opens the Door BOOM FOG Every Where ..
    You can Also Add Small Led Lights For Special Effect! 😂

  23. You should make it have a code and then when you type in the right code the door automatically opens for you. Like if good idea.

  24. you need a gun safe inside for additional safety and secret exit into garage below! Then it would be perfect.

  25. the only thing is that the one you are trying to hide this from should not love the book seven novels by jules verne or else he will try to take and read the book and tada!!!secret found

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