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Secret Compartment Area Under Stairs
I've got a small, but fun, project to make a hidden compartment under the lower portion of a set of stairs. I'd love a creative suggestion or two and maybe even a tip on hardware choice.
I'd like to create a false panel (in the shape of the available, formerly drywall panel) that attaches to a "drawer" that fits inside the hole, see the attached photo. The drawer is really a tray/shelf on glides with a vertical side on the tall side and flat bottom - maybe a very shallow drawer. The entire space is just under 3' deep and the sliding shelf should be as deep as possible.
I'd also like to be able to "push" the panel and have the whole unit come out to reveal the access.
Any suggestions on hardware or even techniques? The goal is to make is a secret area so putting a door and using glides on the tray area would reveal too much.
I could remove and relocate the studs supporting the stairs, but the spacing is actually quite good.
PS. And, no, I won't reveal the address of the secret compartment!
Edited 4/25/2006 10:35 pm ET by SethFrankel