Secret Bookshelf Hiding Place

Let's be honest for a second... the world is not a particularly trustworthy place these days. A lot people are only looking out for themselves. We shouldn't let that affect how we see the world, but that doesn't mean we should be suckers either. The folks over at The Family Handyman came up with this ingenious way to hide your valuables in your bookshelf. Just like the movies! At it's core it's fairly simple- a small wooden box hidden behind a few cutoff books. It doesn't get much easier than that! You can watch the full video tutorial on the Family Handyman website right here.

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Super Easy Baby/Pet Gate Door Install

This one is really simple, but a great idea. You can buy baby or pet gates pretty cheap these days, but none of them are custom made for your door frame, which means none of them are quite a perfect fit. Over at the Finding Purpose Blog, one couple was came up with the idea to just make their own. All it really takes is a little wood, a little measuring, and a few hinges. Seriously, that's all there is too it. Check it out here because there's not much more I can say.

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Adjustable Wall-Mounted Art Desk

Since standing desks are becoming more and more popular still, this excellent idea from Bored Panda community member Jesse Daniel should satisfy just about anyone. His fully adjustable, wall-mounted desk can sit at just about any height or angle. Bored Panda | Jesse Daniel This project was made completely from scratch. Once all of the main pieces were cut, it came time to drill the holes, which he did the smart way by clamping both sides together and only having to drill each hole once. After that, cutting the rest of the slots out and sanding the edges is all that's left for the side…

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Mjolnir Baby Rattle

Even the God of Thunder was a baby at some point. And what could be more adorable than a miniature Mjolnir rattle? Instructables user IJustLikeMakingThings had that idea and rolled with it. It's actually a pretty simple wood working project, but since it is wood, you probably shouldn't give this to your baby until they've developed at least some control of their motor functions. It might be cute but if the kid is whacking himself in the head with it over and over it could end poorly. Instructables | IJustLikeMakingThings The head of the hammer is just 3 wood rectangles glued together with the center…

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How Servo Motors Work

"See here? Someone has tampered with the servo. They switched the ground to the negative, so when he put the key in the lock...""He completed the circuit."Ghost in the Machine (1993) First of all, what exactly is a servo? A servomechanism is technically any automatic device that can correct its own position based on negative feedback. Negative feedback is the process by which electrical signals are fed back in a manner that ultimately reduces further fluctuations. Servo motors can rotate or push components with amazing accuracy using this method. Servos are very widely used in a vast array of electronics. Volume knobs, gas pedals, even…

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Wooden Cell Phone Amplifier/Charger

I'm sure most people have a speaker of some sort to connect their phone to these days, but wouldn't it be cool to naturally amplify your phone's volume? Oh, and charge it at the same time? Woodworker Paul Mayer designed this elegant wood amplifier that doubles as a charging station. It's not exactly a beginner's project, but if you have some woodworking experience it shouldn't be too hard to follow. WWGOA | Paul Mayer You'll be making some interesting cuts like the one above and it's not really going to look like much until you've finished, but the results will speak for themselves. The project…

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Types of Wire Strippers/Cutters

"Mickey, you're gonna get in there, start stripping wires, and you're gonna ---- everything up!"The Battery (2012) Choosing the right tool for the job is arguably the most important step in the planning process of any project. While it may not seem like something you really need to plan for, having a good pair of wire strippers at the ready will save you a lot of hassle when the time comes that you actually need them. There are a few different types of wire strippers on the market, ranging from very basic to pretty ingenious. First, let's take a look at the most basic of…

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Custom Modified Computer Keyboard

If you're a gamer or even just someone who spends a lot of time on a computer, chances are you have preferences for how your keyboard looks and feels. Everything from the space between keys to the material used can radically change the feel of a keyboard. What happens if you like two different things about two different keyboards? Combine them, of course! A user by the name of GuzziGuy posted a series of pictures on imgur detailing exactly how he took a keyboard he liked and modified it. GuzziGuy | imgur In his tutorial, he custom builds a wooden housing unit for the keyboard…

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What Kind of Nail is Right For My Project?

You know, Sean, the Japanese have a saying... 'The nail that sticks out gets hammered.'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) So, you're about to start a project. You have your materials list and you're following it by the letter. But when you get down to the bottom of the checklist, all it says is "nails." Before you start to panic and hit the forums, take a deep breath and check out this quick guide to some common questions about nails. Don't worry, it's never as hard as you think it will be. Before we cover a few of the vast array of nails…

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Folding Wooden Drying Rack

While a drying rack might not sound like the flashiest project to take on, this genius foldable rack by HomemadeTools.net user Christofix might change your mind. This is a purely woodworking build that may seems a little daunting at first, but thanks to the great video tutorial he provided, you should be able to tackle this one on your own. Christofix | YouTube By the end, you'll have a full-sized shop drying rack that you can fold down and store in a cabinet. Pretty awesome, indeed. Check out the full build here.

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