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cutting hole through a book?

can anyone suggest a cheap effective way of curtting a 2-3 cm hole (any shape) through a book? Ideally laeving the froint and back covers intact.thanksJulius?

mikeasaurus5 years ago
I've done something similar with large books by cutting rectangles into all the pages leaving the covers in tact, making a hidden storage compartment. From my trial & errors, here's some tips that should help you out.

  • Open the covers all the way back and tape the covers together, this will keep them out of the way.
  • clamp down on the pages you wish to cut through with a vise. By creating compression you will achieve a cleaner hole.
  • tape up around the hole you wish to cut, this will help the pages from fraying and making a huge mess.
  • Using a drill through a book will cause smoke, you run a serious risk of burning your book from friction. Go slow and pull back teh bit regularly to clean out the shavings and to vent the hole.
*The best way I've done this is with a a sharp (very sharp) hobby knife. It takes a while but you get a much cleaner cut.

Hope this help!
An Villain2 years ago
M61 Vulcan 20mm.
Aud1073cH5 years ago
I find that for single books, a sharp utility knife is the way to go. It does take a long time, but the results turn out much better. Tips: *Glue the pages together first. Any pages you don't want glued (like front and back cover, possibly the title page) can be wrapped in a sheet of plastic food wrap to keep them from sticking. --I usually don't wrap the back cover when making a hollow book safe, I just glue the back with the rest of the pages. -if you want to mark the back, you can add a page of neon colored paper between the back cover and last page, so you can see when you've cut through the last page. *Mix some white school glue with water to thin it down. You can use a 50/50 mix, or up to 70%glue to 30% water - you want it to flow and look like milk. Use a cheap paint brush (like the disposable ones w/metal handles that come five-to-a-pack). *With the book closed, paint the glue onto all three edges of the book, and let it soak in well. (save the extra glue mixture for the inside.) *When it is saturated and not soaking in anymore, lay the book down (on a surface you can clean easily), and put something heavy on top to keep all the pages flat while it dries for a few hours. *When dry, open the book, and cut the pages out with a utility knife. -Takes a long time. Be patient. *When done cutting the insides out, paint the inside of the pages with the glue mixture. *Repeat the drying with a heavy object on top. -This may take longer, because there isn't fresh air inside the closed book. Every 10 or 15 minutes you can open it for a few seconds to let some fresh dry air inside. *to make a nice finish, you can glue thin craft felt to the inside.
cdubnbird5 years ago
clamp down the book then use a milling bit in a dremel at the highest speed taking away only the top layer each time you make a circle. Or for a more creative way get some of those wood burrowing centipede things that eat books and lay duct tape around the area in a circle and each day coat the cut away parts with duct tape to prevent them from burrowing to other parts of the book
julius100 (author) 5 years ago
thanks guys. I've been doing it by cutting squares out with a sharp hobby knife, but it takes ages (I need to cut through 10 or 20 books). I've tried with a drill but the teeth cause the edges of the hole to "splinter" which, over the course of an entire book causes it to get fatter! hmmm... what about acid!!?? J
sound915 years ago
My freshmen year, we did this to a bunch of books for the theatre department. This way, they didn't have their full weight on the book shelf. We just took knives and cut a box in all of the pages. Don't turn the pages, but just keep them in a stack. Not quite sure what this is for, but this gets the job done.
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