Q-Line SafeGuard: Hidden in Plain Sight

The Q-Line SafeGuard is an innovate gun storage system hidden away in a cabinet. Compartments are unlocked either by sliding the moulding or using a magnet that can be stored hidden inside a book.

The maker of the SafeGuard does not have a website but can be contacted at matthew@archangelwoodworks.com.

Matt @ WeaponsCache

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Trev

    A wooden safe? Sounds secure. Ill have to look for one of those next house I’m burglarizing.

    • Trev

      Sarcasm, you missed it.

    • Doug

      It beats one of those wooden gun cases with a glass door. 🙂

      • Trev

        Yes it does. A 1000+ dollar gun made of steel safe is a small price to pay for securing several thousands of dollars worth of firearms and financial documents.

  • bbmg

    Doesn’t really help if you show it to people on the internet though does it. Surely the best such “safe” is the one you’ve never heard of.

  • Glenn B

    Now that they have shown it to the whole world on YouTube, would you buy one in which you would hide your firearms? I am not so sure I would do so. It has a very distnctive look with those very thick (in height) shelves and with the thick (in width) walls. Not something I have seen before in hundreds of searches but not something I would forget now having seen it. I have seen similar set-ups though for narcotics.

    If I was still on the job, I would make sure to search if I encountered it during a search or arrest operation (but happily I am retired and no longer deal with that stuff).

    All the best,
    Glenn B

  • Doug

    Um, yup… that’s awesome!

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a hidden door in a door frame with a hidden compartment inside the wall behind it. I’m not patient enough to build something like the book shelf though.

  • Hking

    This is cool, but just seem so… excessive.
    I get having a hidden door or drawer to hold a pistol or rifle for Home Defense needs, but you can put 10+ guns in this thing easily and a few thousand rounds of ammo! Get a good sturdy safe that is not easily accessed by burglars, unwitting guests, and children. Yeah keep A gun handy and hidden, but not your whole frickin arsenal.

    • Totenglocke

      It may be excessive for normal use, sure – but it’s definitely classier looking than a normal safe and if they ever WOULD (not saying it’s likely) come door to door looking for guns, it wouldn’t raise any suspicions. If I had the money, I’d certainly buy this over a normal safe because it’s functional (both for storage / theft prevention and because you can use it as a normal bookshelf) and stylish.

      • If they come door to door looking for guns they’ll bring a metal detector…

  • Matthew, the maker of this shelf/safe, has posted a few details about the shelf and will be updating here:


  • John E Davies

    And the fire rating is two minutes at 800 degrees F. LOL.

    I can see using this for daily carry weapons and the wife’s bangles, but no way would I put my firearm collection or really valuable papers/ jewelry in there!

    Idiot! He’s a cabinet maker, not a gun owner, or he would understand this.


    • Q

      Hi – I’m Matthew – the designer and builder of the unit in the video.
      I am a gun owner, a competitive shooter, a furniture-maker, and….. a firefighter, so I’ll reply to your comment and then add some more FAQ’s too.
      You would be surprised that 3/4″ hardwood plywood has roughly the same fire-resistance rating as 5/8″ gypsum board (sheetrock). Obviously this unit is not designed to be the end-all be-all of fire protection, but I’m not concerned in my house. Everything I do is custom, so if you wanted this to have a higher fire rating or to be steel reinforced, anything is do-able – it just comes down to cost.

      So here are some of the most common questions I’m getting:

      1: Is it customizable
      Yes – Everything I do is custom to order. The unit in the video is appx. 70″ Wide x 80″ tall and made from cherry. I can make it to any dimension, and out of any wood. I can also match the style to existing furniture that you may already have. The compartments and arrangements are also customizable.
      2: Do you make any other types of furniture with hidden compartments.
      Again yes, everything I do is custom, so if you have an idea, I can work with you on it. I am currently working on a 1/2 height version that doubles as an entertainment center where the flat TV will sit on top. I am also working on some bedside tables.
      3: What does it cost?
      Because everything I do is custom, costs will vary depending on size, wood selection, and options. To give you a ballpark, the one in the video was $3500
      4: Can you ship?
      Yes – shipping costs vary based on location. For larger pieces like the one in the video, I can reduce shipping costs by shipping it in several sections which would require minimal assembly by you.
      5: How quickly can I access the secret drawers.
      With any firearm related activity, training is imperative. The drawers can be left unlocked so that you simply need to open it like any other drawer, but with practice, even if the drawer is locked, it can be accessed in a matter of seconds.
      6: What is your lead time?
      Right now I have appx. 8 week wait time

      Please feel free to email me with any additional questions, and I will gladly put the questions and answers up here.

      Best regards,


    • The cabinets had guns in them. Ergo, he’s a gun owner.

  • Ross

    Now thats just cool.

  • Mike Knox

    This video kind of breaks s rule about secrecy, which is not showing how it works or what it hides in whicl places. But then again it kind of serves as an advert. Anyhow, compartments like those tend to fall ill with hot water tricks.

    The magnet switch is still kind of cool, I forgot who first came up with that.

    Despite these nifty stuff like these, I still hide a glock under my pillow..

    • Windy Wilson

      What is a “hot water trick”?

      • Mike Knox

        Some old British Navy Caprenter’s trick, kind of the reason why you use coasters. Putting hot water on wood makes it react to the heat and moisture causing it to shrink or expand no matter what type or how it’s treated. That makes secret compartments or hidden doors visible..

  • Sol

    This would be perfect with a “honey pot” safe in the room; which is a cheap safe filled with rocks or other such heavy weight, so that thieves will spend their time and energy removing the safe and ignoring your bookshelf. Haha! Excellent work!!

  • Peter

    This is awesome.

  • Really cool! I just wouldn’t want it in a humid state.

  • Tom

    Wow, that is awesome. Talk about hiding in plain sight. I was thinking of getting one of those “in the wall” cabinets and covering it up with a mural, but this puts my idea to shame. Well done, Matt.

  • Stanislao

    I don’t think I would trust it around kids, but no-one else is going to start pulling on panels. From what can be seen in the video, the panel gaps look quite impressive.

    • Q

      everything can be locked up so that when closed, even pulling on the drawers will reveal nothing

  • Tony

    This will be my next project

  • Big Red One – Ramadi

    This reminds me of Mark Wahlberg’s weapon cache in The Big Hit, or like Schwarzenegger’s weapons closet in Commando. This is Simply AWESOME!

  • jdun1911

    You’ll be surprise how easily gun safe can be compromised by professionals.

  • Duttyrock2012

    Outstanding product. Well thought out and designed. I want one.

  • CUrob

    Wow… so i see myself one day “now how do i open that compartment again… oh yeah, my sig catalog…. HONEY WHERE’S MY SIG CATALOG AT? …. WHAT DO YOU MEAN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LANDFILL? …. Damn, now I will have to wait 6-8 wks to get another magic catalog in the mail!”

    • Cymond

      It’s just a magnet in the book. Most people could probably find another magnet that would work.

  • Julia

    Hello, Matthew!
    How can we contact you? Can’t sand e-mail to the matthew@archangelwoodworks.com.

    Thank you.

    • Matt

      Remove the period from the end. I just successfully sent an e-mail to the address after doing this.

  • Julia

    Hello, Matthew!
    How can we contact with you? Can’t send e-mail to the archangelwoodworks.com

    Thank you

  • Bob Lancaster

    This is certainly a very nice piece of work. I would be concerned if someone could open a panel by prying around with a small crowbar.

    One major issue has not been addressed and THAT is a big concern of mine. A quality safe has a fire rating, usually something over 1000F for some period of time, 1 to 2 hours. I am far more comfortable storing important documents, valuables, and firearms in a fire safe product.

  • William

    I was a a gun show last weekend and saw another company that builds bookcase, end table, coffee table and even fire place mantel gun safes. Im not to crazy about it being wooden but if no body knows than its as good as Fort Knox. You literally could not tell the difference. Theres holds everything from rifles, coins, jewelry and they say its child safe. I was pretty amazed. They were selling like crazy, saw 5 orders as I was just standing there. Here’s there website. – http://www.hideinplainsight.net

    • Armlite

      I saw them too at a NY gun show, I actually bought one of their shelves. ALOT less then $3500! $3500 REALLY? You would never know it. I Love it. A lot better then a safe, a burglar looks for a safe, not a bookshelf.

    • James Bailey

      My wife bought me a nightstand from hideinplainsight.net for christmas. I had no idea what it was. I LOVE it. Its safe from the kids, the magnet is hidden in the bottom a picture frame and cant open the compartments without it. If someone were to break in, I am literally inches away and no one can tell the difference.

  • GeorgeMitchell

    This is a great idea! Can this be built at any custom designs?
    fire rated glazing systems