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Hidden Key Holder [for Him!]

This DIY hidden key holder is genius! Hide all of those extra keys with this key rack idea! A garage or mancave sign customizes the piece for it’s space.

collage of key holder photos with text overlay reading "Hidden key holder"

My husband is a car guy. He loves anything with an engine. If you can add a motor to it, he wants it! lol. Which means we have way too many sets of keys lying around. Vehicles, lawnmowers, special tools… and my tiny entry key rack just doesn’t seem to be big enough to store his collection! With Father’s Day quickly approaching, we always like to tackle a fun DIY for guys, and this Hidden Key Holder definitely qualifies as a great gift for the garage or mancave.

revealing hidden key storage

*This post was sponsored by Kreg Tools and Build Something. As always, opinions are 100% my own. For more information, please see my disclosure page.*

Every couple has one person that’s more forgetful right? “Honey, where’s my wallet?”, “Honey, have you seen my glasses?”. In our home it’s almost always me… lol. His stuff is unorganized and never in the same place, but still I’m the one losing things! I can never find where he stores anything in the garage. Pencils are elusive. Keys vanish in thin air. I haven’t seemed to solve the pencil problem yet, but this hidden key rack should solve the other issue!

Personalized garage sign

We had this great personalized garage sign that we had gotten as a previous Father’s day gift. We knew that it would be a great size for the front of our key rack, so we decided to fit the key holder to the sign.

If you don’t have a sign yet, they’re pretty easy to get your hands on and the personalized ones are best! Or you can just use a plywood board on the front and personalize it with your own design, in the same way that we used vinyl to make this MoPar or No Car sign years ago!

wooden box with hidden key holder

If you had a sign that went vertically, or if you have a more narrow space to hang your sign in, it’s easy to change the orientation! If you are doing yours horizontally, we wanted the sign opening downwards because if it opened upwards, you always had to hold it open while you took out keys or searched for the right one. By opening downwards we solved that problem. Luckily the hinges that we used for this piece were perfect and easily able to hold the weight of the sign.

hooks for hidden key rack

We used some amazing Kreg tools to finish this piece, including the K4 Pocket Jig, the Consealed Hinge Jig, and the Kreg Shelf Jig. With these tools, the entire project took about 3 hours to complete, without these tools it would have taken much longer!

The Hinge Jig allowed us to quickly and accurately set the hinges, the Shelf Jig allowed us to quickly set the holes for the key hooks (dowels), and the Pocket Jig allowed us to easily conceal our joinery while keeping everything aligned and strong. Kreg really does an amazing job of making our lives easier!

opened wood box with hidden key storage

If you’re looking to build this awesome garage or mancave decor, we teamed up with Kreg Tool Company and Build Something so that you can grab these FREE build plans now!

Build Something is the DIY project site from Kreg Tool Company where they share great DIY build projects and plans. I guarantee that you will be inspired to build when you visit the site!

Don’t forget to check out the FREE plans for this great hidden key holder!

man opening garage sign with hidden storage

If you’re looking for more great DIY gift ideas for men, I’ve got a full page of great inspiration: 25 DIY Gifts for Men.

Or if you’re a fan of hidden storage ideas, definitely take a look at this Modern Bathroom Stool!

A stunning modern bathroom stool! Love the design of this teak bathroom stool. The removable lid reveals the hidden storage - a genius idea for storing your bathroom toys! The slats underneath allow the water to seep out naturally. A great bathroom idea with free build plans! #freebuildplans #modernbathroom #DIY #woodworking #teak


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