Hiding $50,000 in our DIY *Secret Compartment* Art Ledge

Hiding $50,000 in our DIY *Secret Compartment* Art Ledge


(somber music) Do you have so much money and no good hiding
places for it? Do you not trust your cat? Who would probably take
the cash and leave you? There’s gotta be a better way. (beeping) Hey guys, we’re
Evan and Katelyn. And today we’re
making an art ledge with hidden storage. To hide the 500
individual fake bills that we just spent 50
dollars on for an intro skit. But honestly we’ve been
wanting to make a art ledge for a long time because
as you might have noticed on this channel,
we love making art. And continuing to add holes
into our wall is unsustainable because we don’t have an
exact match for the paint. (both laughing) Yeah, that’s true. Yeah, so we’re just gonna
make a couple holes in a wall for an art ledge, but then
you can just place it. You can re-arrange it,
and add more super easily. And we want to add
storage because… It’s cool (laughs). It seems cool (laughs). And there are practical reasons. I mean maybe that’s where
spare house keys go, or our passports, or like that’s where we can keep…
A little grab bag. It is a little small
for a grab bag. I could hide the gummies
that I’ve been letting get to the perfect staleness
level for a year because they’re finally
almost reaching the right chewiness level.
This is a legit thing. She has like three that she’s
been working on for a while. And, we do have to hide them because your dad likes them too. Yeah, exactly. And with the holidays
coming and guests coming, we want to spruce up
the house a little bit. So, we thought a house
project would be nice. Yeah, so first up. Head to Lowe’s for supplies. KATELYN: Lowe’s is our sponsor. EVAN: Yeah, yeah. KATELYN: So most art ledges,
if you look at it them from the side, the
profile’s kinda like this. But cause we’re adding storage, our supplies requirements
are a little different. First off, we need
a bunch more wood. We’re gonna build
ours out of oak, and luckily Lowe’s has it in
all different shapes and sizes. We also need some hidden hinges that you can’t see
from the outside. And while we were there we
actually picked up some cute art and a little plant that
I hope I can keep alive to put on the shelf later. But now I guess I should
hand it over to Evan to show you the 3D model and how this is all
gonna go together. EVAN: Since our shelf is
gonna be a little bit heavier, and we’ll need to
pull on this front lip in order to access
the hidden storage, we’re gonna go ahead and upgrade the wall
mounting solution to this bracket right here
which we’ll screw to the wall and to the shelf itself. But before any of that, we need to cut some wood. KATELYN: We’re gonna
cut all of these at once since they all have
to be the same length. Yep. (saw grinding) (peaceful classical music) When I was planning on
how to add a hinge to this I thought, what’s the
fanciest thing that I can add? Look at this. We got soft-close? Soft-close hinges. The most premium
of hidden storages. (Evan laughs) It’s kinda hard to open. Is that gonna be an issue
when it’s attached to the wall and we’re like, (straining) (Evan laughs) Can that be adjusted? No. (laughs) But I think that when
you have a lever, you know this is
gonna be a lever, so it’ll help you do it. And we’re gonna very firmly
attach it to the wall cause we’re gonna be
mounting it to three studs and also to be extra fancy, I got this jig right
here, that’ll let me know how far to drill,
how far off it is. I just gotta plug this in, and I go because I’m
lazy and smart like that. Yeah. I mean no. I mean you’re smart
Are you still? (Evan laughs) Are you still worried
about the hinges? Well I’m equal parts excited about the soft close because
that’s my definition of luxury but, I’m also
kinda worried about the force to snap them open. The only way we’ll
know, is to add it, and then test it out. The only way we’ll know is to completely
finish the project. Mounted the wall (laughs)
And hope… Yeah, and hope that it’s okay. (peaceful classical music) We’ve never installed
this type of hinge before but that was surprisingly easy with a jig, which is
cheating, but still. Docking procedure initiated. Latch one. Latch two. Initiate operation soft-close. (gong rings) KATELYN: Ooh. (Evan laughs) That worked pretty well. KATELYN: So this
will be the front. EVAN: I think I might
be able to lower this KATELYN: Yeah, it looks a
little high on the side. EVAN: That lowers it. Hmm. (playful classical music) Man. So it says between three
and six millimeters, I should’ve gone four or five. So I could have adjusted
it a little bit more. Oh, so we should’ve tested
out this new technique on some scrap wood. Or we can re-drill the holes. Farther in, using the jig? No that won’t work. What do you mean farther in? Even if you go farther there’s
gonna be an extra hole. You know? That only works if
we do it farther in or farther out. Oh, we could reposition them. Yeah. And then when it’s
left with these like… Fancy… Receptacles…
Weight reducers Some weight reducers. Yeah. (Evan crying) (cheerful game show music) Okay. So, if we were just doing
this project for ourselves, and we didn’t have to
post after-shots of it on the internet, we’d probably would just
drill new holes in this piece and call it good and just have hidden
holes on the inside of our cabinet. But I feel an obligation
to make this free of large mistake holes. Dun dun dun dun So we did it again. Now the question is, does
our new one actually work? (wood clatters) EVAN: You ready? (suspenseful upbeat music) (Evan screams) KATELYN: Oh my gosh. Oh. Oh, and it’s flush too. Yeah. Wow. It’s better in every way. Yeah. KATELYN: It’s good. We got rid of it.
Whoa. This is something
that I learned. There has to be a
slight gap right here, can you show them? Right there? Because that’s
where the hinge is. So what I did is I chose the
exact right part of the wood kind of bending this way…
KATELYN: Oh, on purpose. The whole way. So there’s gonna
be a tiny gap here, but the edges are flush. KATELYN: And now
it looks so good. It looks so much better. It was a little derpy before. Yeah. And to help
visualize the rest of it, we have these pieces right here, that we can just put into place. Yeah kinda like that. Imagine a wall there
and the end cut off. That looks good. EVAN: Well, it’s really good. KATELYN: I don’t
think you could tell that it’s got a hinge. That it opens, you know? EVAN: Oh. KATELYN: Oh that’s
great, I love it. That’s great. Yeah, I’m so glad we re-did it. KATELYN: Me too. EVAN: (laughs) Sorry,
we’re recording. (Evan laughs) So now that we’ve gotten our
failure out of the way early in this video, we’re gonna
move onto the next step, which is building the box for our little hidden
storage shelf cabinet. Basically, cutting wood
and gluing it together. EVAN: Like most
wood-working projects. (fast-paced techno music)
(saw buzzing) Is it flush? (saw buzzing) (wood slamming down) Oh wait, we should do glue. What? We (laughs) should
put glue on it. (both laughing) You mean we’re not just
getting this cool shot where we do quick cuts and then it’s done? (Evan laughs) (fast-paced techno music) (Evan laughs) What? Just laughing that we didn’t
do glue the first time. No one has to know,
I’m gonna cut that out. No you’re not. I know you’re not. (hammering) (Evan laughs) That was like all you. KATELYN: I like it, okay. I think it’s a
good place to end. (peaceful classical music) (Evan gasps) Did you just spill? (Evan laughs) No, I almost (laughs) spilled
all over myself though. (Evan coughing and laughing) I’m just gonna be
very casual about it. (Katelyn laughing) (Evan laughing) All right. (both laughing) (Katelyn snorts) (beeping) The glue-up is done, and
now we just need to see if the front piece still fits now that it has this
top attached to it. I mean, it should. Oh, nice. It looks good on this side. How’s it look over here? (Evan clearing throat)
EVAN: Looks good. It doesn’t… KATELYN: Oh there’s
a little bit.. EVAN: Almost needs to
close a little bit more. KATELYN: A little bit more,
then we might have to adjust. So some of y’all might notice, that since that front lip where the art is
gonna rest against can open up the art might
just slip right off. Not a good design
for an art ledge. But we’re gonna add a little, we’re gonna cut
this into strips. And add it along the front and it’s the perfect height. KATELYN: So when it opens, you’ll still have a little lip. (uptempo jazz music) I think we’re good. Yay.
Onto the next glue-up! Okay next up, we
need to make the part that mounts to the wall
that’ll hold this up. (saw buzzing) You wanna come
around and see it? It’ll fit. (hammer pounding) Yeah! (laughs) EVAN: Yay! NARRATOR: Three hours later. (uptempo jazz music) (saw buzzing) We interrupt this
regularly scheduled montage to bring you what is hopefully the very last problem remaining. This looks nice, but this gap still bothers me. (quiet playful music) It still bothers me too. Significantly. I kinda didn’t want
to say anything, but it does still bother me. Magnets. Magnets. You’re not gonna explain? You’re just gonna
say, magnets people! No, no. Hear me out.
Magnets! So, we just need to be
able to hold it closed a little bit, because
when we do that, if we have one pair
of magnets there, and one pair of
magnets right there, We’re not gonna do
one right there? No, I don’t think
so, doesn’t need it. Okay. Let’s do as little
work as possible. While fixing the
mistake that we have. Yeah. (Evan laughs) (uptempo jazz music) (drill buzzing) KATELYN: Whoa. Okay, so I think
that that looks good. That looks good. (drill buzzing) This is pretty beefy. Yeah. I was like, this is substantial. Wait, back up a little bit. I was like, (tapping wood)
(laughs) Oh, that’s nice. (drill buzzing) Actually, I think
we should pause, no, don’t open it yet. The test needs to be when
all the art is on there. Oh. Because that’s like
the realistic test. Oh, but I want to do it! The test is when all
of the art is on there, so that we can make sure that we can open it without
everything shaking off. Okay. Now the moment we’ve
all been waiting for. Can we open these hinges
without knocking everything off? Oh, yeah. No problem. (both laughing) (Evan clapping) Oh, that’s good. Okay. You wanna do it? Yeah. Sorry, I took that
moment from you. Everything felt very stable. Super stable. I was not worried
about anything falling. Yeah, and the soft-close…
Yeah, it’s fancy. Beautiful. Okay, but can it fit… All of our moneys? And…
(laughs) You’re like Gollum. I’m pretty proud of our work. (Evan laughs) This is the first time
we’ve done anything with a hidden compartment. I know! I think it was pretty cool! I don’t think that I would
expect this to open up if I was just walking
by and I didn’t notice. Now, of course, you guys know
where we stash our things. So don’t come for us. And nobody else knows. Thanks again to Lowe’s for
sponsoring this project and making it possible. If you guys are having guests
over this holiday season you can head to Lowe’s…
And you want to hide stuff from them. No, I’m just kidding. If you guys are having guests
over this holiday season you can go to Lowe’s and
get everything you need to get your house ready, and all the links to all
the tools and materials we used for this
project, down below. See you next time! BOTH: Bye! (beeping) (peaceful music) Yeah, so we heard a cat. We gon’ get a cat. BOTH: We gon’ get a cat. ♪ We gon’ get ♪ ♪ We gon’ get ♪ ♪ We gon’ get a cat ♪ It’s a tiny horse. ♪ We gon’ get a cat ♪ ♪ And a tiny horse ♪ Aw! I know, I’m so… oh my gosh. I left the backdoor open too.

100 thoughts on “Hiding $50,000 in our DIY *Secret Compartment* Art Ledge

  1. 🎮 dId yOu kNoW wE hAvE a gAmInG cHaNnEl? youtube.com/evanandkatelyngaming

    🎙️ And a podcast! youtube.com/evanandkatelynpodcast

  2. Great video!
    Evan..We all have those coffee mornings..even i have them…I feel your pain…Can't get away from them….LOL

  3. I had to share this with a friend of mine who keeps Peeps and gummies until they are rock hard because "otherwise they're gross." Must be a texture thing. Enjoy your sugar stashing place. Nice piece! (and cute song at the end)

  4. Have you guys ever tried out builds yours fans have created? I'd love to see your take on an RGB LED backlit mirror project I've been working on to see what professionals would do :3

  5. fbi: fbi open up
    EvanAndKatelyn; opens door hello sir
    fbi:where is the money
    EvanAndKatelyn: what money?
    fbi; *walkes right past where the all the money is hiding
    EvanAndKatelyn; sligtly gigles
    fbi; sorry for wasting your time ill be right on my way
    EvanAndKatelyn; bathes in money

  6. I hope you didn’t go but new wood to redrill those holes. You coulda just changed it to the underside of the top piece. You wouldn’t be able to see it then, would you? I mean, yeah, my OCD would totally be tripping my spidersense. But ya know …

  7. Bunnings is the Australian version of Lowe’s but better cause they have a sausage sizzle like every weekend, craft activities for kids, a playground and cafe all inside

  8. I would have thought they would have at least been a rudimentary key of sorts, a hidden magnetic lock or something. Good idea though.

  9. E&K: You can hide things….
    Me: What happens when you hide Supurrvisor's items…. and bribing item, CATNIP.
    *mission impossible theme plays*
    Supurrvisor: WHERE EM NIPS AT!?
    E&K: What happened!? *gasps* Oh no did you do this?
    Supurrvisor: am out.
    Me: Now I know not to hide treats from cats. They will go berserk. Like Enderman smacking the player.

  10. This is perfect for a action scene and one of the guys band their head on the wall and the secret compartment opens and 50k fall out

  11. My little boy loves the shirt he got from you guys. He wears it, especially when he watches your channel. Y'all are his absolute favorite, keep up the good work.

  12. I think the only improvement I would have to suggest to what has already been done. Would be to create more depth cavity. So skim excess thickness out from the inner sides of the planks. Top and bottom pieces. If that make sense.

  13. You should do another bob ross tutorial but don't follow it exactly. For example if there is a mountain, don't make it the same shape or location etc. Make it your own!

  14. damn katelyn was in a mooood all through this. girl, i appreciate you and hope you feel better and your usual sprightly self again soon.

  15. would have been cool to make those totally-not-an-oopsie holes magnetic key holders or something. just like, add a stronger magnet into them, and bam!

  16. “Do you have lots of money” NO I’m poor as s***t but I have a subscription to two adorable YouTubers which is just as good, if not better!

  17. When you play minecraft so much you want secret storage in your real house..

    Haha not like I have a million secret spots in my future dream house

  18. Every time y'all have Lowe's as a sponsor I laugh because I used to work there. My best friend still does work there in the paint.

  19. So, to break in.
    Disable electric box placed on OUTSIDE OF HOUSE!

    Then steal candy from hidden compartment… I think I'd just raid the garage, lots of expensive stuff there. 🙂

  20. This was a great video, so thanks, but I see one small flaw in your plan in creating this hiding space.
    If you are after hiding something from visiting friends and family did you consider that posting a video about it on the internet may not be the best way to prevent them from learning about it?

    Also, in future anytime I see a thick shelf I will wonder if it is concealing a secret compartment.

  21. You two are so awesome together. It might take you a minute to figure things out but you guys work it out most of the time. I would have also been picky enough to not let the first one go up in my home. Sometimes those DIYs can get a little sketchy. But it did appear as if the wood was bowed.

  22. Honestly. You kids are the best secret compartment art ledge building show-er how-ers. I want to build you a cake or bread or cookies. Some kind of noms.

  23. I love hidden storage compartments! It kind of reminds me of those tiny houses where everything has multiple purposes! Loved it as usual, great job guys!

  24. That's pretty neat. I just learned about you guys today from April Wilkerson at a Rockler meetup. I like finding other local makers!

  25. Cat's definitely gonna tell his buddies where you're keeping everything so they can burgle you in the night and not blame him. Guessing he gets a 20% cut too.

  26. FYI, you can fill your mistake holes with regular old wood glue and sawdust and then redrill them in the correct spot just a couple millimeters away. They also have wood filling putty for that which you guys should get since you do a lotta wood working. It's prob cheaper than buying that new piece and you really can't tell it's a filled hole if you get the right color.

  27. Man, I have no idea how your guys OCD allowed you to put magnets in the middle and left side but not the right side. I think I woulda lost sleep if I tried that myself.

  28. That's pretty cool. Hidden in plain sight I may make something like this on a dresser or a desk, hide them gummies I mean money .

  29. Hi Evan, Hi Katelyn. I hope that you guys thought about putting some of those micromagnets in the ends just drill and glue and that way it will really really close it and that it will pull the
    pieces together… Cool you did!

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