Brian Grabski, one of the most creative wood craftsman, is also an awesome communicator. He shares amazing videos and social media streams from his business at Designed and Made in Minneapolis. His Hidden Drawer project is a wonder to behold - even in video. Now he offers the plans for you to replicate the device.

How the Hidden Mechanical Locking Mechanism Works

The hand-crafted custom bookcase requires you pull open each of the visible drawers, before a hidden control springs out and allows you to trigger the secret compartment built into what looks like a normal molding.

To make things more complex, each of the drawers must be pulled out to a certain point before the latches they control slide out of the way, similar to how the pins in a regular lock work. That finally allows a length of wooden dowel to slide out – hidden, normally, as a knot in the wood itself – and when you twist it and then push it back in, a cable tracked around the back of the cabinet allows the hidden drawer to spring out.

"Take a look behind the scenes at the drawings and sketches used to create this project," says Brian The kit includes:

  • Preliminary shop sketches of the drawer locking mechanism
  • CAD drawings in PDF format
  • Specifications and Dimensions for Components

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