Redditor Eclipse_007 went above and beyond all do-it-youself projects by creating his own Mines Of Moria, Door Of Dulin in his basement.
Check out the incredible photos here:
Hidden door illuminated at the touch of your hand.
Box built out of 2×4’s and plywood I had hanging around. LED strip is a strip of super bright LEDs, which I bought off amazon. It was secured using liquid nails and all the random items in the picture were used to put weight down on it until the glue dried.
Thinking back on this, I should have done the strips up and down rather than side to side, but it still turned out great.
I bought a large plexiglass sheet covered it in vinyl. I drew the design on the back side and used a razor to cut it out. I already had black vinyl and was too cheap to purchase white vinyl, so i just painted the back of it white to help reflect the light more inside the box.
Front view of previous picture just a little more complete
I thought about trying to get the vinyl laser cut, but where is the fun in that? everything was cut by hand.
Just needs the hardest part.. the lettering on top
Installed into the door frame…
Working on framing the the stairs to help blend in the framing needed around the door.
View from the top of the stairs after framing and painting is complete.
The door was painted over with regular house paint. I didn’t like how distorted and dim it made the artwork. I ended up scraping the design out, and repainted it. I got a much better result. I even enjoy the small imperfections from the scraping, makes it look more rustic like it belongs on the face of a rock door.
Right now, the door opens automatically after a touch of the hand. Soon I will integrate voice recognition, so you will first have to touch it to illuminate it, then speak the elvish word for friend “Mellon” in order to gain access. I’m also going to cause the light just above this door to flicker and go out right before the door illuminates to have a much larger BAM! effect.
For those interested in the electronic application of it: I use an Arduino Uno board, the touch sensing is done using capacitive touch, and the voice recognition will be completed using a VR shield 2.0. The door opens automatically using a normal automatic door opener (I purchased on from Olide and am very happy with it).
And check out the door in action!