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Secret Rooms Secret Compartments Plastic Comb – November 15, 1990
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I am carpentry challenged, but I actually want to build a secret room and/or compartment in my home by myself to preserve secrecy. Unfortunately, most of the hiding books I own do not tell you how to actually build anything. They are really just lists of hiding places, with a few hand-drawn type illustrations to give you vague ideas on how to construct them. This includes all of the major ones out there: "How to Hide Anything," "The Big Book of Secret Hiding Places," and ironically enough even "The Construction of Secret Hiding Places" is very short on actual building instructions and illustrations. Even worse, a couple are simply retreads of others!
This book is totally different and does not reference any other books, and in fact exceeds them in quality in every way as far as content. It appears to be self-published, and the author has obviously spent years thinking about this subject and building the projects he discusses. This is uncoventional carpentry, folks; Mr. Dzindzeleta realizes this and wrote to show you *how to build* this stuff, without getting locked into "example" projects that are too dependent on certain sizes/materials to apply to you.
The strengths of "Secret Rooms, Secret Compartments":
It is chock full of quality illustrations that detail the actual working mechanisms for locks, glides, rollers, sliding panels, the operation of hidden doors, and even a special hinge I have not seen before.
Even better, the author has the text and the illustrations completely cross-referenced, so you can hold one finger on the page with the illustration and go back again and again as he discusses each design idea or variation.Read more ›
As stated before, this is much more than simply 'places to hide your stuff' that is so common now. Many of the constructions shown and fully explained were new (to me) ideas that will be used.
If you need information with more depth than just where to hide something, this book is for you. This book is really about HOW TO HIDE YOUR STUFF AND REGAIN ACCESS TO IT IMMEDIATELY with some of the most ingenious locking devices and hinges one can use. It does little good to hide something if you need to destroy the wall you sealed it behind to gain it again.
Do not get hung up on the fact that it is spiral-bound. So what? Are you interested in putting the book on display or do you wish to enlarge your knowledge base with regard to your security?
This book is well worth the price, regardless of how it is bound, or what it looks like. If you want usable knowledge, which this book supplies in spades, buy it.
There is a review that complains about the binding: Well, yes, it is not professional binding b/c the author obviously did most of the work himself. If you are so shallow that your main concerns are the appearance of the cover, then find a shallow book on a shallow subject that looks pretty. Buy this book only if you want real ideas explained thoroughly.
I have not found a better volume on the subject yet. It's an absolute bargain.
Do you want a secret shelf that slides out of sight? This book tells you how. That secret room you always wanted to make, is all right inside the pages.
There is even some practical advice about where the secret places should be so that they will be even less noticable. The man even talks about you being wary about the neighbors noticing you bringing all the extra building supplies home (they might suspect your secret).
I would love to build a house and incorporate some of these ideas into it.
My only negative comment on the book is the binding. It looks like it was bound in a public school. If you buy it you'll see what I mean. Otherwise, this book has valuable, and very hard to find information. You can hide anything as long as the smell doesn't give you away.
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Interesting little pamphlet - Full-sized, spiral-bound... and 80 pages packed with ideas and illustrations for concealed rooms, compartments and cubbies! Pretty cool!Published 2 months ago by Kengrove
This is a great book ,I think it is worth its weight in goldPublished 2 months ago by robert a ford
Some people complained about this book being printed in a note book form. Well its not a book as a paperback or hardbound book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Basha