Nightstand with Hidden Drawer

Innovation is a common theme at Designed and Made. The goal of this project was to take a common household item — in this case a nightstand — and incorporate custom features that make the furniture piece unique, and truly custom.

This nightstand with a hidden drawer features burl veneer inlays behind a CNC-machined walnut face with gold leaf trim that accentuates the detail.

“Mike Prom and I were able to build on the knowledge we gained on the original hidden drawer project to create a simpler hidden drawer mechanism with less parts that is easier to build,” said Brian Grabski.

The nightstand features:

  • CNC-machined walnut face
  • Burl veneer inlays
  • Gold leaf details on the trim

Built into the nightstand is a hidden drawer. To access the drawer, you pull on a lever hidden behind the frame of the top drawer. This activates a spring which pushes the hidden drawer out. The beauty of the spring is threefold; it’s inexpensive and readily available, it can easily be replaced, and the tension keeps the hidden drawer closed until it’s activated.

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Sketch and Parts Lists with Exploded View

Take a look behind the scenes at the drawings and sketches used to create this project. Includes:

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

Price: $8.99

Files available for download immediately after you purchase.

Hidden Drawer Locking Mechanism Plans

Hidden Drawer in Bookcase Plans For Sale

If you’re here, you’ve probably seen my YouTube videos on the hidden drawer mechanism incorporated in my featured project bookcase. Now, take a look behind the scenes at the drawings and sketches used to create this project.

Includes:

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

Price: $8.99

Files available for download immediately after you purchase.

Hidden Drawer Locking Mechanism Plans

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.

Portable & Adjustable Saw Horse Plans

Adjustable Saw Horse Extended

Now available for sale, Adjustable Saw Horse CAD drawings, specifications, and parts list!

These sawhorses are portable, rugged and fully adjustable. They are great for filming video when an elevated track is required for dolly shots. The adjustable sawhorses have been tested in many different environments and have always performed extremely well. An advantage of this design is that they have the ability to break down, which means they take up less space when not in use and while in-transit. Another nice feature is the adjustability of the design, which allows you to set up a level track even if the ground you are working on is slanted or uneven.

What is included?

  • 15 CAD drawings in PDF format
  • Specification for components
  • Exploded view video for easy assembly

Price: $8.99

Available for download immediately after you purchase.