A lifelong dream of mine finally came to fruition! I've got a hidden doorway thanks to my AMAZING bro-in-law!
I knew I wanted a wall of books, but I'm kind of strange (saving up to become eccentric) and was totally jonesing for something utterly unique in our house. The BIL was even game for adding in a book latch, which I thought was truly only in the movies.
Yep, I'm in love with this project and it completely rocks my ever-lovin' world. Admit it, you want one!
Here's a shot of the hubby next to our 10' tall x 17' long built-in bookcases. Love them!
What have we here? Boom! A Secret Doorway!
And, finally, the book latch (pull the book and the door opens). Gee, I wonder which book it could be =D*************************UPDATE*************************Numero uno: You guys are totally awesome for the amazing comments! Seriously!
Secondly, oops, I totally forgot to mention what's behind the secret door ('cause I'm a tool like that). It leads to our bedroom, which IS accessible through another door down the hall, but only if you double back. Fun times, hey? *Wiggles eyebrows suggestively*
Third, the book latch is a wooden block of wood that my amazing husband dremmelled (sp?) to look a bit more like a book. Then I painted it and the BIL added a cable and hinge, so, when the book is tilted forward, the cable pulls up on a simple gate latch mounted on the back of the bookcase.
As far as a tutorial, BIL did this all on educated guesswork. They are plywood shelves with simple moulding to cover the edges. The "door" has a caster mounted on the edge that holds 800 pounds (another one will be placed on next week) and the hinge is actually 2 piano hinges 90% covered by the decorative moulding between each case (obviously it couldn't be 100% covered or the door wouldn't open...but it's barely visible and will be even less apparent when I paint it white). The decorative moulding between each case hides the small gaps that were used to ensure that everything fit properly or it case anything needed to be adjusted (ie. the door didn't quite fit...1/4 inch off...so the adjoining bookcase was moved over 1/4 inch to accommodate. You can't tell because the moulding hides it...BRILLIANT!)
Sorry for how blurry it is. Camera was on the wrong setting
Looking from our bedroom at the back of the bookcases/hidden door.
Just for fun.
This photo is a bit better than the other. The book is modeled after an actual book of the same title by Frank L. Packard. The front picture is the same one that is on the front cover of his book.
Picture of the garden gate latch that holds the case to the wall.