Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is back again with a new episode of Tiny Yellow House, all about building your own secret stash box from a (non-live) electrical junction box. This is a fun way to hide your cash and valuables, and costs only about $10 to build.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Anonymous

    Clever, informational, and funny… I think I was just tricked into learning something cool. Thanks and hope to see more videos like this. Well done.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to post about where I’m doing some electrical work where I could do something like this, since I’ll be doing some real electrical too…

    *lightbulb on*

    But now I won’t. Ahem. Nothing to see here folks, yep, no droids either, move along…

  • Bosco P. Soultrane

    you could put 3 in a row with 2 of them being live, that way you make it a russian roulette for any would-be robbers… well, i guess it’s more like “Amphere’s Roulette”

  • Anonymous

    You can purchase hidy holes that look like your standard wall receptacle. They swing down, so you can load your stash into them.

  • AndrewS

    probably one of the worst ideas ever?
    i hope that the wiring is meant to be funny because i would be insulted if anyone came into my home and thought i had let someone do that to my electics
    i dont know how you guys to it in america, but in normal countries people dont just have junction boxes on the walls at random places, so i dont see how this would be inconspicuous.
    there seems to be a lot of secret stash projects on make, what exactly are you guys trying to hide?
    you know cops can use internet too right?
    dont worry, now their going to make sure to check every junction box in your house that looks like it was put there by a blind child

    • M. “Shadyman” Lange

      “you know cops can use internet too right?”

      Well, yes. But I’d imagine it’s a little less conspicuous for the average house burglar.

      • Capt.tagon

        Unless it’s an abandoned foreclosure and you forgot to empty your stash. We had a stripout up the road here, copper salvagers would be the ones to get lucky.

      • AndrewS

        yeah right pretend your going to use it to protect against buglars
        what do you really think your going to fit in a junction box?
        computer? nope
        money? nope
        tv? nope
        jewlery? perhaps but it would get tangled up
        drugs? perfect! that would fit perfectly oh i see!!

    • Capt.tagon

      And he stated around 2:55 that it would be best in an out of the way, inconspicuous place, ie, where you normally find wiring. And given the whole tone of the piece, you might want to recal your humor meter…

      • AndrewS

        where i normally find wiring?
        oh right so in the walls? really clever and easy to get to!
        if im going to hide things in walls i wouldnt bother hiding it in a junction box too

        • Capt.tagon

          Heh, you’re so funny!

        • whadda jerk u r

          Except he’s just being the @$$ end of a troll.

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