DOOR-TOP STASH PROJECTS
Make a sneaky
compartment that’s easy
to reach but hard to find.
Written and photographed by
Sean Michael Ragan
Time: 1 HOUR COST:
of wood by driving 3 small nails around its
rim. Countersink the mounted washer slightly,
so your flat-head bolt will sit flush against
it. Remove the nails and recover the washer
2. Assemble the cap and the stash.
Put the bolt into the washer, and invert it on
the bench top. Guide the bolt through the hole
in the cigar tube lid.
Then add the ½" flat washer inside the lid
and add the split washer above the ½" washer.
Moisten the threads of the bolt with a dab of
Finally, thread the nut onto the bolt and
tighten it using a nut driver on one side and a
screwdriver on the other. Don’t overtighten.
Set the cap aside and let the adhesive dry
When the adhesive on the cap is dry, screw
the lid onto the cigar tube (Figure D). Verify
that the hardware inside the lid does not interfere with the closing of the lid.
What does the top edge of your closet
door look like? I bet you've never seen it,
even if you've lived in your home for a
while. Though there's not a lot of room
inside a door, if you're like me, the stuff
you want to hide is usually small. Not
many think of the door itself as a hiding
spot, but it's easy to reach when you
need it. And it's devious enough that,
yes, I think this trick will still be effective even after this article is published.
1. Drill the cap hole and
countersink the washer.
Mark the center of the cigar tube cap with
a Sharpie. Put a small dimple on the mark
with a thumbtack, to guide the drill. Using a
brad-point bit, drill a 1" hole in the center of
the cap (Figure A).
Temporarily fix the 1" flat washer to a scrap