These, my friends, are the stealth shelf. It looks like a standard shell from the outside, but when the school was placed in just the right position, the bottom will come out. Revealing whatever you have hidden on the inside.
When I first saw the stealth shelf on the king of randoms YouTube channel, I knew I had to have one as well so I messaged him and asked if I could show how it works how it’s made the construction and how to mounted to a wall on my channel lucky for us he had an extra kit for me to assemble. He’s about to have a whole lot more packages for everyone to join with his Kick starter so.
if you want a stealth shelf of your very own finish watching this video to see how it’s made and mounted to a wall and then check out the link in the video description to get a stealth shelf of your very own the Kickstarter ends this week though so don’t waste too much time.
Let’s get started, so here’s my still shelf kit; the Kickstarter kit’s package might look a bit different. Again, all the construction will be the same as what I show you here in this video first make sure you have all the parts the kid starts with the base of the shelf it has the two circles drilled into the top and then the three crown molding pieces that make up the sides in the middle section with.
Its two side pieces and the large top rectangle with its three then trim pieces a package of screws the hinges the chains and the magnetic locks which I’ll show you in a bit let’s start with the core of the shelf this is what’s going to hold all of the shelf weight. Hence, I must be going to use the four large screws that go through the backboard into each of the little arms pay attention to.
how the wings are oriented the diagonal cut on each arm is facing down, and there is a little bit of space on that backboard under each gun I’m going to show this whole project only using hand tools, but if you have a drill it’ll speed things up considerably, either way, this project doesn’t take very long all the hard work is already done for you that my core is done let’s set that off to the side and start with my top shelf piece this is the largest wood rectangle in your kit each of these then little decorative trim pieces will go around the edge of the board to hide the compartment door below it and to hide the layers of the top port itself so.
I use a dab of wood glue and spread it, then all along with the trim is going to touch spreading the wood glue thin helps to get tacky faster, and it will. Who’s out when you put the treatment place if you’re going to stay in your finish shelf using wood glue would not look good with staying on it, so be careful not to glue on any visible exterior wood.
I line up my trim with the top layer of wood just below the shelf’s flat surface. Then I use super small finish nails the pin in place also included with the kit if you notice the decorative trim is not flat so to sync the nail into the surface of the trim. You’ll need a nail setter if you don’t have one of those, you can use a longer screw or nail to get that head into the surface of the wood.
The side pieces of trim go in the same way. Make sure to line up each of the 45-degree pre-cut angles with each other to create beautiful corners set the top on a soft rag or towel not to damage the trim. As you are working on the opposite end, the beautiful thing about this kit is that everything is already pre-cut all right now that are core. Our top pieces did we’re going to symbol the baselining up these huge angles can be tricky I’m going to use the same would gluing technique is before I line up the trim pieces with the bottom board corners.
I’m going to poke a small hole or my nails going to set this will keep the pin from sliding out of place when I hammered down you received quite a few of the little finished Nelson this kid so feel free to add a few here and spread them out along the rest of the project trimmed as you need to.
Adding the side pieces to the bottom crown molding gets a little trickier the most crucial part is that corner or scene where the two pieces of molding meat I want them to line up perfectly. I had one small nailed to the bottom edge of the board. Then I tapped the top corner of the trim with another nail after they are perfectly lined up this holds them in place as I add a third on now to the far bottom corner after pulling it down just a tiny bit, so it’s parallel with the bottom of the base.
Let’s watch this other side. You’ll make a little more sense. I add wood glue to all sides just like usual and then get that bottom corner next to the scene nailed first. Then or now that top edge of the molding to get it to line up perfectly. Now this crown molding was just a tiny bit off with that angle cat, but since.
I’ve already lined up that corner seems perfect and nailed into place. It can flex a little bit before I nailed to the base of the shock, and the scene will still be classic because it was nailed first. Instead of your kid, there is a small angle of wood this is part of the latch I decided that the most critical place for this last to be is in the center of the shelf.
Add a little bit of wood glue to the bottom and then nailed a tiny sliver into the crown molding with the small finish nails one of my top and one on the backside making sure that the pins aren’t going to poke through. The shelf into the front before any of them in place, if you have any extra small finish nails feel free to spread them around the rest of the trend, so everything’s held securely in place and before adding the hardware.
I’m going to add the color one beautiful thing about building your shelf is that you get to pick the color you can stain it or paint it however you want I chose a dark stain I apply a thin coat of staying with Iraq and then. At the same time, it’s still wet. I wipe off the excess liquid. Hence, it leaves an even coloring across all of them would it help to drift a little bit of extra stain into the fine details of the crown molding since the rag wouldn’t reach it directly.
Then I can wipe off the excess still no matter what you decide to use regular paint or stain, make sure you start in a nonvisible area like the inside or the bottom so that early mistakes will be hidden from view.
Now that the stain or paint is dry we can add the hardware these are called Mortis full overlay Cup hinges, and this kid all of the hard leg work is already done the hole in the bass is drilled out and the screw locations on that center core piece that. We already assembled our pre-marked as well. You should expand the hands first though loosen up that top screw and slide the middle part of it is a small adjustment.
But we’ll give you a bit more room to play with Titan that tops you back down to finalize the adjustment the bottom secure on this hinges used to just how close the bottom drawer sits to the wall I’ll show you that a second loosely screw. The hinges into the Primark holes on the center court but don’t tighten them down all the way, yet we need to get the screws lined up in the bottom part of the hinges first, then the screws are all lined up tight-knit screw all the way.
It’s time to attach the top shelf I propped up the center core with my players that the course level then I took the larger nails and hammered that top board into the center core making sure to sink a few nails into the core arms as well for security. And it works the shelf opens and closes without the bottom board touching the table. This is important because if it reaches the table during the opening process, it will also affect and damage your wall when it’s on the beautiful thing about. These changes are that you can adjust the bottom screw so that
if it reaches the table or you want a bit more space screw in that bottom screw a bit. It will list that bottom edge of your shelf away from the wall giving it more room to move. Now for the magic, this is a little plastic clip that goes with the locking mechanism this lip gets installed flush with that small piece of extra would that we mailed in earlier make sure that the top of this latch the little bit of wood and the top of the molding are all flat with each other here’s.
When any strong magnet gets close, the magnetic lock unlocks itself even through the thick top board of the shelf lining this magnetic lock with that little plastic clip is pretty straightforward. I use the toothpaste trick from grants videos to apply toothpaste to the top of little plastic bit, and when the shellfish shot a dab of toothpaste, it gets left on the top board, letting us generally know where the lock needs to sit.
I marked the screw holes the lock and then set my two screws in place; it doesn’t need to be super exact at this point because the law can be slid up or down along the screws, so if it doesn’t connect with the plastic. The first time it was adjusted again into the whole latches making contact with these little plastic counterparts than when the magnet is placed on top.
It will unlock, allowing you full access to your hidden goodies inside now. This last bag contains the chains I use my screwdriver to pilot a little hole into the arms of the core and then stick the screw into the circular washer.
And then, through the change and then repeated the process on the other end of the chain, making sure. That both strings have the same tension on either side, so mounting, a shelf is going to be a new puzzle all by itself, and most North American homes have something called drywall, which is the outside of the wall.
If you screw shelf in the drywall, the rack can hold much weight. This is what happened when my roommate put these floating shelves. This one ripped out of the wall, so with my floating shelf sense is going to have stuff inside it, we want to find something called a stud. This does happen every 16 inches inside of this drywall.
You can take a stud finder and place it on the wall to tell you where the studs are or can knock on the wall. Wait till you hit something substantial, and you found a study, so if you’re going to hang yourself on concrete or brick, you’re going to need something like this is called a lead anchor; you drill a hole in the concrete or the brick set. The lead anchor and then your screws will go through the shelf into the anchor supposedly these anchors hold about 50 pounds so as long as you have one anchor on either side of the rack.
You should be good to go, so these holes are drilled precisely 16 inches apart. So they should be able to hit two studs right there on that wall the holes drilled in the back of the shelf make it easier to find the studs I sat one screw into place and then used a level to make sure that the tray isn’t sitting crooked before putting in the rest of the screws.
Remember measure twice cut once double-check all of your measurements and stubble cations before hanging the shelf all rights we have the tray installed. I’ve taken a school and put in some magnets on. The bottom of them is the rare earth magnets you get on Amazon for pretty cheap, so when I went to school up with the little lock. At a latch and on much. Sweep of close it up. It’s locked. Looks like a standard shelf.
There I take the school. A market. It’ll drop back down. Now granted, the king of random is using his shelf to hide weapons passports or even money, but my research has concluded that this shelf is perfect for protecting 60 Oreos more than 200 strands of licorice. Or also 3481 skiffs.
If you want one of these kids, I will link the Kick-starter in the article description of this article if you enjoyed watching this project and want to see a bunch of other creative projects by the king of a random head on over to his youtube channel.