Skip to comments.Gun Owners Are Drawn to Hunterdon Cabinet Maker's 'Concealment Furniture'
Posted on 08/03/2014 10:42:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The four-peg hardwood coat rack doesnt call attention to itself. But if you know which peg to remove and how to use that peg as a magnetic key, a hidden drawer drops down, giving you quick access to whatever youve hidden there, be it a pair of mittens or a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
This item, designed and built by Dan Ingram, 39, of Perryville is one of about a dozen products offered by his company, New Jersey Concealment Furniture. His furniture is good for hiding jewelry and other valuables, too, but for the gun owner, a hidden compartment is something between locking a gun in a safe and keeping it under your pillow, he explains.
I love making this stuff, he says, and his stuff is sizzling on the Internet. His website has gone from 25 visitors a day to 4,000 to 5,000 a day, with 30,000 clicking in last Saturday, he reports. And the orders are starting to come in, too. His big sellers are the above-mentioned coat rack, which can be yours for $165 plus shipping, and a similar wall shelf.
But he also offers a corner hutch that starts at $1,595 in pine or $2,145 in cherry. It has three shelves for display. But for hiding things, there are three more shelves and a couple of drawers, plus two side compartments, each large enough to hold three rifles or shotguns. Shipping is extra. Hes had more than 2,000 emails inquiring about this item.
Right now he works alone in the shop behind his house with occasional help from one man, but now he wants a bigger place and more help, as he works to meet the sudden demand that is depleting his inventory and increasing his workload.
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"We moved our base camp last night and were now positioned literally
within feet of the river. Have been sitting here watching the border
patrol patrolling in their riverboats all night and all morning..."
This guy has some great stuff at reasonable prices.
I suspect the IRS will be auditing him soon, the EPA will be inspecting his shop, and his wood stockpiles will be inspected for banned wood.
That corner hutch and the coat rack are great.
One product I’d like to see is an armoire.
He beat me to it. SHEESH!!! I’m still in the dreamin’ up stage of this idea.
It started as I was thinking about dispersing various, and assorted around the house for easy access in case of.... one day, rather than having it all inaccessible in closets, or elsewhere most “bad guys” look first.
Good for him. I’ll continue to think up items for myself of this sort of interest for my workshop.
I’m sure there is a big enough market for many providers.
Bummer that none of his local customers are allowed to own anything decent to put in there, thanks to GOVERNOR CHRISTIE.
The website for this story has so many crash ads, Its unusable...
One minor problem is ubiquitousness ruins hiding spot.
There is room for more. That stuff would sell like hot cakes at gun shows. There are plenty of furniture manufacturers , plenty of room to specialize. skill, imagination, and a great workshop is all that is required.
When I do remodels, I have a whole bunch of secret hiding
place ideas I offer. Can’t tell ya though, that cost money.
Uhhh...how about a gun instead? Something that starts with a 4 would be nice. < /sarc >
But now that the word is out, the home invader criminal will not let you near your coat rack!
Never know what you will find in an old armoire. :)
There is a huge market out there for this and many other security options, and it has hardly been touched by entrepreneurs.
Building secret passageways and rooms are backlogged right now because so many people want them (and want them installed discreetly, no need for the government to know.)
One idea that impressed me were “duress tubes” against home invasion, by whoever. A small, concealed steel door in a wall opens to what appears a narrow empty closet. But when the door is opened, and then shut, it locks, and the floor of the closet drops on a pneumatic elevator, taking the person in the closet down to a concealed basement safe room.
And the best part is that once it has descended, a second closet, which had been sitting in the attic, descends, so even if someone breaks through the steel door, all they find is a small broom closet, with brooms.
As Edgar Kaiser said about his his roving, purple cement trucks that delivered already mixed cement to the job site (I think it was Edgar), “Find a need and fill it!.”
Reminds me of the priest holes that were popular in Elizabethan England.
Just do a trap door. Have it be set to connect with a panel set against the wall so that when released you pull the panel on the way down and voila, a nice clean floor for anyone searching.
Much easier than creating 2 closets. More obvious it exists prior to its use but most criminals aren’t going to be familiar with the house anyways.
bookmark-— back to read after we get home from the range!
30,000 visitors to his site on Saturday alone. Then news articles. Guess his products are so secretive anymore.
Link to his store:
Pretty nice stuff.
While armed robbers are unfamiliar with the house, they are also generally rushed. What is of concern these days are home invaders who are thorough, determined, violent and willing to spend a day destroying your home for their purposes.
What was unsaid was that your even having a basement is unknown to them, much less a safe room where you could comfortably stay for some days. A passive, fiber optic surveillance system to tell when your home was no longer occupied would also be valuable.
The wild mushroom soup is awesome!
Get a quiet alarm clock, though.
Multiple shotguns that are stashed throughout the house would be my choice of dealing with home invaders who are thorough, determined, violent and willing to spend a day destroying your home for their purposes. Various types of ammo from slugs to 00 buck will handle everything.
One problem with that idea. If the invaders are armed criminals, you are good to go. But if they are LEOs, who look and act just like criminals, you will have committed armed homicide of an LEO, and will either be killed, or sent to prison for life.
So the best initial course of action has to be discretion, with the idea of preserving life and limb, even if you have superior firepower.
Holy Crap... this guy was in my brother’s class from K-12.
Probably cheaper to design your own and take it to a local reputable cabinet maker.