Seventeen Sneaky Secret Compartments

To celebrate the publication of my little stash project in Make: Volume 34, I’ve rounded up a pseudorandom smattering of some of my favorite secret hiding place posts from our online archives. Some of these link to Make: articles, some to outside content, and a few don’t link anywhere and are just included for inspiration. The sneaky state-of-the-art is always advancing—hopefully one of these secret compartments will drive you to new depths of deviousness!

For some additional secret compartment and hidden spaces projects, see our follow-up article 20 Secret Doors and Clever Hiding Places.


I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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