adding a Barska biometric safe to an Ikea Jerker

Just as every desktop computer needs security, so does every desk. But most of the desktop safes I looked at seemed either too inefficient or too inconvenient.

I’m all about trying to maximize desk space and and workflow efficiency.

I wanted fast, safe and secure access, that wouldn’t require me to ask anyone to turn away, and access that wouldn’t necessitate a key.

I kept looking and found the Barska biometric safe (model number BX-300).

Barska BX300

It allows for fast and efficient secure storage using biometrics. And since it doesn’t have access to the internet or bluetooth, it is essentially unhackable without being in the room with it. In essence, it has all the advantages of an iPhone fingerprint scan with none of the compromises.

The Barska BX-300 is fast, eliminates the worry about people checking out your password or lock combination.

Barska Biometric Safe added to an Ikea Jerker

And here’s the pictures I took during installation:
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The original holes in the swing arm shelf are circled in red, and the new drilled holes for mounting to the bottom of the Barska BX-300 are circled in blue.
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Widening a countersink for the central bolt.
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Here’s the bottom of the Barska safe, the slot aligns nearly perfectly with the thickness of a swing arm shelf.
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Here’s the bottom of the swing arm shelf with the holes drilled through.
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The inside of the safe, bolted to the arm’s shelf.
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Here’s the included carpet for the interior bottom of the safe.
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Freeing up space for on top.
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Here it is in place. The safe, all steel, weighs 25 pounds and measures 16.5″ x 14.5″ x 7.75″. Also cool, you can place a full size laser printer on top (the swing arms are rated for up to 70 pounds).
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