ANTAGONISTIC BOOKS: Curiosity - How To make a book that can only be opened once

This is an instructable on how to make the second book in my Antagonistic Books set (the one that can only be opened once). This one is pretty easy (although it requires basic knowledge of welding). Besides that, theres only one hiccup that can happen, and I'll cover that.

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:

Two metal plates cut to the same size.
A Bi-Directional Ratchet
A place to weld
Pages to put inside your book
Rubber Cement
(potentially you may also need a wrench and a needle or awl)
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How about you put a lock on the book, read it, then throw away the key.
You cut around the cardboard of the cover...
Huh? HUH!?!?! You cut around the peice of cover which the lovk is fastened to
well, "you cut around the cardboard of the cover" isn't the best way to explain that you can just remove the lock by cutting it out.
I understand the huh, and I understand your reaction, but saying "huh" 2  more times was a completely unnecessary way to amplify Kapn Krunch's stupidity.
Actually, it kind of made you look stupid at the same time.
Thats a bit harsh
lol it is
sorry, was kind of grumpy at that comment, saw something that could be flamed and did.
TekoMuto biboNL4 years ago
Shut up! I know I'm stoopy but i believe that rubbing it someones face is not always the best way to solve problems. You see you are acting rather immature by saying that I'm stupid, and i highly suggest trying to have at least some manners thank you.
sabbott5 years ago
I love the art element here, and thank you for providing the explanation about your class.
This also made me think of the books in the Harry Potter series that don't behve like ordinary books. e.g. a book that chases you around the room and tries to bit you cannot be digitized either!
Actually, you could make an ebook with a virus in it - that would bite you!  On a related note, how about an ebook, say the Iliad or Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, that reads your address book and mails itself to everyone you know.  Kind of like an educational virus... or something.
Polyspace, you WIN the game.
Any more 'ibles in this series coming soon? Can't wait to see what happens next...
blakelock5 years ago
actually, i thought it was ~nearly a very useful thing.  at first, i thought it would open once then close, then never open again.  this would be useful for passing information only once, then have the message essentially self-destruct.
He should make a sequel to this instructable on how to make a book that only closes once.
 What kind of welder are you using? That weld looks very weak, and if it's an ARC welder, than thats understandable
Not to be rude, but are you implying ARC welding is inherently weak?  I'd say not much aside from skilled TIG would look good in this situation.  He's trying to weld light gauge sheet to hardened tool steel, definitely not a prescription for an easy weld.
No, I meant that the kind of welds ARC and TIG/MIG make are very different, and that if it was TIG/MIG, it could be weak, but ARC's welds are different.
Welds are weak only from a skill standpoint not from the type of welding being done. MIG can not be weak when that is what is used to assemble a NASCAR.
elleadnih5 years ago
sooooo just to be sure this book once open it stays that way? or once close it stays close for ever?, and is there a way to revert the process?
you could re-close and reset it by cutting the weld on the switch so you can change the ratchet to go the other direction...
stfj (author)  elleadnih5 years ago
 once it is opened it stays open forever.

with the same instructions though, you could make a book that once closed is closed forever... just by welding the ratchet in the other position
desertdog5 years ago
Interesting.  Seems a waste to use a Craftsman ratchet though.  You can often find a cheap, functional China tool at the dollar store
for the some of you that DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS.... this is meant to keep the book OPEN as in once its open, you cannot close it. hence you would be able to tell if someone was reading your books since it would be permanently open XD
 shouldnt this be called the uncloseable book?
This is pretty cool!  it would be perfect for determining whether or not someone has been messing with your files.  if someone were to come along and open your book without your permission, you could instantly prove them guilty of the crime!
interesting, very creative, a little lost on a use for it...
zjgz5 years ago
I think this is a really cool project. As an idea to make this useful you could make one that a notebook can fit in. You just use the notebook as normal, but when you are done you can slide it in the frame then close it forever.
Bad Maxx5 years ago
What?? This is an awesome idea! What inspired this may I ask?
stfj (author)  Bad Maxx5 years ago
 Thanks! I was taking a class about pop-up books, and the teachers goal for the class was in creating books that cannot be digitized, where the experience was central to the book itself as an object... so that got me thinking about books that took advantage of the reader's understanding of how books work.. and that led to this and my other instructable (the one with the book that lights on fire and burns up when you open it)
Londonbrig05 years ago
Could you just take out the switch before you weld it and then put it back in afterward to prevent any melting in the first place?
stfj (author)  Londonbrig05 years ago
not really :/ the part of the switch that melts is really difficult to remove, maybe impossible, I'm not sure. The diagram I made might make it look like all the pieces come out, but actually its just the turning handle part
Tofu5 years ago
 I'm betting it's not a "good" ratchet.  ;)

The dollar store here where I live has ratchets like this for a buck.  Small price for a prank piece.

I agree with other posters who've said it'd be nice to have a secret "unlock" mechanism for this thing.

 I think this is a romantic idea. 
It would be great as a gift to someone you're passionate about. :)
Great and very cool instructable! 
StuNutt5 years ago
Just a nice bit of Genius to make us all wonder - and/or think of something that could be related or developed  :)
Bad Maxx5 years ago
And as for the negative comments, and you know who you are, I'm new here, when I first got here a few weeks back I was highly impressed with the lack of negativity, unfortunately the more I read the comments the more disappointed I am, the "be nice" comment policy needs to be enforced or really what is the point in having the policy?
toezter5 years ago
 Devious.  I love it.  I know some people who could benefit from this.
Ward_Nox5 years ago
corse if you riged it right you could re set the book
My thoughts are with Ward_Nox. What would be cool is to have a open-once book - unless you know the secret of resetting it. Now, THAT would be worth five stars. As for this, it is a one shot deal and everyone knows that the fun of antagonizing people is being able to do it over and over again. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. And over. (Too redundant?) 
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