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.
- Preliminary shop sketches of the drawer locking mechanism
- CAD drawings in PDF format
- Specifications and Dimensions for Components
Files available for download immediately after you purchase.
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.
We’ve used this Bertazzoni cooker in a few projects, and are honored that Bertazzoni reached out to us to use this chef’s style kitchen as a design inspiration on their website.
Designed by Adam Rosengren and Chris Vanklei, this chef’s kitchen features a 70cm wide commercial grade gas Bertazzoni stove from the Master series, custom-built cabinets, poured concrete countertops, and shelves made from reclaimed barn wood.
Click on the picture below to view this kitchen on Bertazzoni’s website.
Click on the picture below to view additional images of this project on houzz.
The goal for this award-winning theater was to create a space that was truly unique and custom by design. This theater includes state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, glowing pillars with glass-beaded panels, and a giant oval with built-in lighting in the ceiling. It was a great experience collaborating with Admit One Cinema and interior designer Annie Tropple on this project.
Time-lapse video of the theater being constructed -
Behind the scenes video featuring Lance Anderson of Admit One Cinema and designer Annie Tropple-
This is a short little pitch video I put together for one of the editors at Fine Woodworking. The beginning part of the video was filmed on the iPhone about a month ago, but the furniture spin at the end is from 2010. The wood lock was something I saw on Matthias Wandel’s website. I thought it would be fun to incorporate it into a piece of furniture and have it control a hidden drawer. The video below shows what I came up with.
Showing Mike Prom this dresser is what got us talking about how we were going to take the hidden drawer concept to the next level. That evening we started sketching the custom bookcase and its elaborate hidden drawer mechanism.