A wooden shelf designed specifically for storing essential oils out of sight (and reach of little ones!) disguised as a wooden sign.

This wooden sign / Hidden essential oils storage shelf is built from a frame of wood 1x2 with a magnetic latch hinged wood plywood face for the sign.

Difficulty easy


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Circular Saw (corded)
    Circular Saw (corded)
  • Rotary Tool
    Rotary Tool
  • Table Saw
    Table Saw
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)


Wood Products

  • 2 Oak , 1x2 , 72"
  • 1 Plywood , 1/4" Thick , Quarter Sheet

Hardware & Supplies

  • 2 1.5" Hinges
  • 1 Magnetic Latch
  • 12 1" Kreg Screws for Hard Wood

Cut List & Parts

  • 1 See Building Plans (in 'Extras') , N/A


  • Cut the wood frame

    The first thing you'll need to do is to cut the 1x2 frame to size according to the building plans in "Extras" tab.

  • Assemble Wood Frame

    Drill pocket holes in the side pieces to assemble the frame. Corner clamps help in assembly if you have them.

  • Cut Shelves

    Rip 1x2 down by 1/4" to allow for inset sign face (using tablesaw)

    Measure inside of frame and cut shelves according to size. We cut 4 shelves (see in attached building plans under 'Extras')

  • Assemble Shelves

    Attach the shelves to the frame using pocket holes. Space according to building plans (in 'Extras')

  • Cut Sign Face

    Time to cut the face of the sign! Measure the opening of your frame and cut your 1/4" plywood accordingly using a Rip Cut and Circular Saw.

  • Attach Hinges to Frame

    Use a Dremel or routing tool to create a groove to inset the hinges. This will allow a flush mount of the sign face.

    Attach hinges to frame using screws, attach hinge to 1/4" plywood using liquid nails and the shortest screws available.

    Add magnetic catch to keep sign closed if preferred.

  • Paint it up!

    Time to paint your beautiful sign! I painted the whole thing (including hinges) in a charcoal paint before adding my design. This helped the hinges to practically disappear.

  • Use blocking to hang

    Use blocking attached with pocket holes to hang (not included in building plans)