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Super Secret Door Top Stash Hides Your Flash Drive and Cash [DIY]

Everyone needs a bit of spy-guy fun in their lives (or at least a way to hide your Sailor Moon photo collection from everyone). This clever and extremely well hidden DIY stash puts your contraband inside a door.

At Make Projects, the user-contributed project blog at Make magazine, Sean Michael Ragan shares a really stealthy way to hide stuff–stashing it inside the top of the door stop. You’ll need some power tools like a drill, files, and a countersink, as well as a cigar tube for the body of your hidden drop. When you’re done you’ll have an extremely well hidden stash in a place that next to nobody would think to look–inside the top of a door.

Hit up the link for a picture-filled step-by-step guide to building your own stash.

Door Top Stash [Make Projects]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/11/11

Comments (11)

  1. Steven

    Title should be “Hide Your Stash Away From Your Parents”.

  2. Curtis

    As a Geocacher, I have seen a lot of great ideas like this. It’s amazing what you can find for a hiding space.

  3. Seadsider

    Obviously I’ve been missing out as I had no idea what Sailor Moon was. Curiosity got the better of me so I looked. Now I really am baffled.

  4. Hidden

    Well the only problem with this is that now EVERYONE knows where this well hidden idea is….or at least everyone reading this story. Nice.

  5. Werkedover

    Cuz yeah, uuuhhhh you’re the only one seeing this article.

    *HIDDEN* got into my super secret stash spot and stole my comment…

  6. rino

    well now that HTG broadcasted it, they’ll start looking at those locations now :-p

  7. Taila

    hehe, I’m a parent and I bet my 15-year-old knows NOTHING about stuff like this lol! I also geocache and had some great ways to “hide-a-key” outside that worked great. I would worry about stashing too much cash at home, in case of a fire (it does happen) but a small amount of emergency loot is good. And keep another usb backup at the bank for the ultimate fireproof safekeeping. You can swap them out every 3 months or so.

  8. dfmccarthy

    You get what you pay for. In this case, what you’re “paying” is the amount of thought and work you put into a hiding place. What this “how to” provides is some basic ideas. I.e., use of a magnet to retrieve hidden objects, step-by-step instructions on how to provide a smooth ferrous top to a non-ferrous container, mentions making sure container doesn’t rattle in place where hidden (should have included mention of adding foam or other padding of contents, so contents don’t rattle).

    It’s up to you to add your own touches. Drill the countersunk portion of the door an extra fraction of an inch deeper and add a wooden cover over the flat washer. Done properly, this should take care of a casual pat down check of the door top. Be sure the final thickness of the wooden disc is no more than about a sixteenth of an inch, an eighth at the most.

    If you really want to be obsessive, make the wood cover disc that’s glued to the flat washer a little thick. Then sand the door top smooth and even. (With the cache in place.) Lift the container out with your magnet to make sure that it hasn’t become jammed in with sawdust. Rub some candle wax around the edge of the wooden disc. Coat the hole and recessed entrance with urethane varnish and let dry. Then finish with a urethane varnish to seal the edge of the door, plug included.

    Consider recesses that you could reach into with one of the strong magnets at the end of a telescoping handle. Push your cache into position with the handle (non-magnetic) end. Swap ends to recover. Recent events in Japan should remind all of you that you should have at least $100 in coins (new quarters is a good choice) and a $1,000 in cash (at least some of it new twenties) on hand at home. And smaller amounts of the same in your vehicle and on your person. Why new? You may need to use a vending machine under emergency circumstances. ATM’s will get emptied out quickly.

    But for those of us through illness or age who are getting forgetful, consider making a list of what you’ve stored and where. Then use any of the free encryption programs to protect the list. Use a password that’s not easily cracked or forgotten. An address from your childhood…spelled backward, number included. Or an obscure family name, likewise backwards. Then tell a trusted friend. (If you haven’t figured it out, I have advancing brain damage.)

  9. Ewan

    Magnets, Metal Cases & USB keys… does this sound like a bad idea of is it just me…?

  10. Josh

    I’ve run my USB drive through the washing machine and driver and it came out fine, I would think that hiding behind a piece of metal a USB drive would be OK from a magnet.

  11. Jason Hayward

    I actually think Peter who was a carpenter of the Bible made door that had secret slides on top like you have (because no ones thinks ,after you say come in to search the door) I’m sure the Vatican has many secret door and compartments throughout. It’s not just the top theres the side from side hidden door ,the fake panel at the bottom , the opened door that has the back side which holds the hinges . Alot of these doors where bronze, and Peter made the “door Cermony” which is sort of the guards cry “let me in or I will break the door down” Peter would open the door and the guards would say ” we have permission to search this house” Peter would say OK

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