Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva is in Salem, MA, to help install a bookshelf that doubles as a door. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)
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Shopping List for How to Install a Hidden Door/Bookshelf:
– Scrap piece of 1×4 poplar wood [https://amzn.to/2Fpkded]
– Murphy door [https://amzn.to/2Xs1B7s] from kit
– Shims [https://amzn.to/2J3KIqD]
– Finishing nails [https://amzn.to/2IWY8EK]
Tools for How to Install a Hidden Door/Bookshelf:
– Hammer [https://amzn.to/2Fp3xU6]
– Nailset [https://amzn.to/2Fp0NWX]
– Pry bar [https://amzn.to/2WZul84]
– Levels: 1or 2-foot and 6-foot [https://amzn.to/2Rv9Zhd]
– Scribes [https://amzn.to/2Rtv63g]
– Circular saw [https://amzn.to/2WRVh4Y]
– Wood glue [https://amzn.to/2Y4uR1g]
– Drill/driver [https://amzn.to/2JcVevV]
– Utility knife [https://amzn.to/2XpBMVx]
Steps for How to Install a Hidden Door/Bookshelf:
1. Remove current door from its hinges by popping up the pins with a hammer and nailset.
2. Remove the old jamb and casing with a pry bar.
3. To level the jamb, place a piece of poplar on the floor and make it level. Set your scribes the overall width of the filler and drag the scribes along the piece of poplar.
4. After marking the poplar, cut it with the circular saw, following the scribe line you traced.
5. Using wood glue, glue the poplar filler piece to the underside of the doorjamb to fill the gap.
6. Repeat the same steps to fill the back side of the jamb.
7. Move the jamb from the door kit into place. Using a 6-foot level, check that it’s plumb; if it needs adjusting, place shims between the jamb and the wall studs until the jamb is plumb. Drill through the jamb and shims, and secure with screws.
8. Using a utility knife and a hammer, remove the excess shims on either side.
9. Lift up the bookshelf and place in the pre-fashioned pivot-point pinholes on the top and bottom of the jamb.
10. Glue trim to the jamb and secure with finishing nails.
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Love this idea! We have a 1 bedroom house and use a sliding barn door for the bathroom but unfortunately it doesn't give as much privacy as I'd like, so we are gunna use a bookcase door instead!
Who is the manufacturer of this shelf system? How can they be contacted?
I was hoping he'd show the completion of the trim. It still looked pretty sloppy at the corners when opened and all around the edges
You can build it way cheaper than buying a 2,000$ kit.
Where can I find this ironmongery?
Lol this isn’t a hidden room because people who been in that house knows there was a room there and why there still a gap where the room was
This guy does some phenomenal work.
I want Tom to spoon me.
Well except for the gap at the bottom.
This is awesome! This may be a dumb thought but I'm wondering if this kid of doorway can be achieved with it opening out instead of having to push it in?
Just go to show you how much tom knows??? Nothing. Typical this old fart
Where can I get this door ?
who sells these closet hidden door kits?
Great video! But the light switch to the right of the shelf gives it away..
Good job Tommy!
Turns out she is a serial killer lol
Murphy Door is the bomb!
5:43 Now no one knows your tire's back there. ???
An "MDF" back on the door? Ugh. No thanks. Cheap junk.
Brilliant idea would it work on a full door ?
This woman is going to hurt herself.
"That is your hidden closet, so when you close it no one knows your tires back there"
"Now no one knows you're hiding dead bodies back there!" (sly wink, thick New England accent)
yeah if I was anywhere near a good as this, I'd buy festool myself too!
what was the cause of the fire? friction latch with 150 pounds on it.
My biggest problem with it…price..$1300 with $300 delivery.
This Old House has turned into a Mr Know It All show. Way to much unnecessary…this what I do.🤣🤣🤣🤣
My two year would have done a better installation was this meant to be some sort of joke.
Why did he trim the door that way? Isn’t this man supposed to be a professional? 😂
I like the concept, but it's kind of obvious. Maybe it could be used to trick a thief into going in the room, only to get locked in and gassed or trapped.
trim work is sus
Hiden but not sneaky xD
I can see this as a solution for limited storage space in a small house.
Sorry but thats nothing more than a gimmick. Could easily spot that if I were looking. Might…maybe overlook it if rushed.
Ive got a hidden bookshelf that looks like its built into the wall with other bookshelves in the same room that look exactly the same. The bookshelf requires a certain frequency directed at a specific location on the shelf in combination with a specific book being in place. That opens to a small room large enough to allow the 1 foot thick steel blast door to to open. That door is embedded into an epoxy and graphine reinforced concrete that is 2 feet thick.
It is your wife?
After watching this now everyone knows your tires are back there.
Omg it's really coming along! I like it! No one will ever notice the "hidden room" behind this crappy bookshelf! Lmao