If you live in an older home with a non- functioning intercom system (I do) then you have available to you a number of convenient places to stash a firearm for quick retrieval. It just takes a little work. I have stared for years with annoyance at the non-functioning intercom panel in my bedroom and debated whether it was worth the effort to remove it and patch the hole. Since I detest drywall work and dislike moving furniture and painting almost as much, I lived with it for years. Finally, the solution below dawned on me.
I simply removed the guts of the intercom and built a box to replace it in the wall cavity. Since the face frame of the intercom panel was steel, I used two strong but inexpensive craft magnets as a latching mechanism to hold the intercom faceplate in place If your faceplate is plastic or you do not want to sacrifice that much interior space, you can drive drywall screws into the wall where the previous screws were, glue small rare earth magnets to the back of the screw holes on the faceplate to match and glue cutoff screw heads on the front to complete the appearance. I used a piece of black craft foam to “black out” the grill.
Bolts replaced the rheostats, etc. and provided anchor points for the two knobs on the front. I used a rotary tool to flatten one side of each bolt end so the set screws in the knobs would hold firmly. The screws that previously held everything to the wall were replaced with four short machine screws epoxied into place. These give the right cosmetic appearance and guide the faceplate into the proper position on the wall each time it is returned to cover the cavity as they slide into the pre-existing screw holes in the wall.
I know not everyone will want to share their secret storage places and ideas. After all, the value of a secret hiding place is in its secrecy. The truth is that I do not use this one for firearms because I have a young grandson and it does not lock. If I get around to equipping it with a proximity or similar lock, I may use it for that purpose. An electrical line runs through the wall in that area so I could easily power such a lock. For now, though, it is used only to temporarily stash minor valuables and other items I wish to keep away from prying eyes. I demand more security than this for items of real value or need.
So what secrets are you keeping?
Possible next project: I recently read about this one and am seriously considering it as an alternative to a traditional gun safe for my long guns. Take a worn out water heater and use it as the basis for a gun safe, including dummy pipes running into the wall or the floor above.