Introduction: ANTAGONISTIC BOOKS: Curiosity - How to Make a Book That Can Only Be Opened Once

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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)

Step 2: Cut Down the Metal

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Sorry I don't have a lot of photos for this intractable. What you want to do here is cut down the front cover of your book so that there is space for the rachet to fit comfortably above it.

Optionally, if you want to make a more secure book, you may want to have a second ratchet on the bottom side of your book, if so, obviously you will have to cut down your front cover even more

Step 3: Weld the Metal to the Ratchet

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 This is all pretty self explanatory, but basically you will want to weld the ratchet body to your back cover, and then weld your front cover to the tool attachment point on your ratchet.

Step 4: Fix the Ratchet

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here is the tricky part.
Many bi-directional ratchets use a plastic switching component. Welding can burn this component and turn the ratchet into a one way ratchet. Because you will want to fill in the inside of your un-closable book after you've welded it, if it has been turned into a one way ratchet, you won't be able to close it again after completing the inside, effectively turning your book from a once open to a never opened book.

The solution to this is to rotate the switch segment of the ratchet and pull it out at the same time. Because the plastic switch is stuck, the pin with the spring in the ratchet switch will move into a position that allows the whole switch to be removed. once it's out you should have a reasonable view of the switch. Take your awl or needle and place it on the switch side that isn't inset and gently tap on your awl or pin with your wrench/hammer/anything. Eventually the switch will break free of the melting and move again.

Push the spring and pin back into the switch component, and place it back into the ratchet. Everything should work fine again

Step 5: Figure Out the Insides

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bind some papers together and put them inside the book. Make sure that the book is able to open freely with the papers where they are, and then glue them inside. Rubber cement works really well.

Finally, close the book, and weld the switch on the ratchet head closed so that it cannot be switched anymore.

Step 6: And You're Done!

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treasure your single opening.

once I get the other books done, I'll post videos of all of them at my website:


Creamaster (author)2009-12-17

 Things of this nature generally fall in to the category of Art.

taiphoon (author)Creamaster2009-12-17

Not everything on instructables is useful.  Sometimes they're supposed to make you think, guys.  Seriously, some people just don't get it.

Creamaster (author)taiphoon2009-12-17

 aka: Art.

taiphoon (author)Creamaster2009-12-17

 For sure.  Btw, I was agreeing with you.

Creamaster (author)taiphoon2009-12-17

 Oh yeah, I know. It's just this thing where I like to have the last word. See, I did it again... maybe

MaXoR (author)Creamaster2009-12-17

Immature juvenile tenancies make me laugh!

yeah i know (author)MaXoR2009-12-17


grundisimo (author)yeah i know2009-12-18

I win now.

khearn (author)grundisimo2009-12-19

 Yup, you win.

grundisimo (author)khearn2009-12-20

nope i do

yeah i know (author)grundisimo2009-12-22

You didn't even say anything. Well, neither did i, i just laughed.

grundisimo (author)yeah i know2009-12-22

yeah, i did, i said i win now. that made me win.

khearn (author)grundisimo2009-12-23

 And I agree completely, you win.

grundisimo (author)khearn2009-12-24

i am glad that you agree that i win

paulzef (author)grundisimo2009-12-24

Stop bloody comenting -.- I get emailed every single time you guys reply to my post. MAKE YOUR OWN BLOODY POST AND BUILD ON THAT!

And fine, The books genius. I shall convert every single book in my house to be the same. NOW STOP BLOODY REPLYING!

Creamaster (author)paulzef2009-12-24

 Okay, you win.
Merry Christmas!

yeah i know (author)Creamaster2009-12-24

I'm gonna be annoying please stop commenting. Every time you do we all get a billion new emails.

grundisimo (author)yeah i know2009-12-24

No you don't get one billion e-mails you get one. That doesn't mean they aren't annoying though

Earths_hope (author)grundisimo2010-06-24

lets keep commenting!

grundisimo (author)Earths_hope2010-06-26


Earths_hope (author)grundisimo2010-07-23

here we go!

grundisimo (author)Earths_hope2010-07-24


Earths_hope (author)grundisimo2010-07-26

tee hee!

grundisimo (author)Earths_hope2010-07-26

tee hee hee!

Earths_hope (author)grundisimo2010-08-01

tee tee hee hee

grundisimo (author)Earths_hope2010-08-01

tee tee hee hee hee

Earths_hope (author)grundisimo2010-08-18

i like to think that everone who has been a part of this post gets an email every time we do this

grundisimo (author)Earths_hope2010-08-18

that is why it is so fun >:)

Earths_hope (author)grundisimo2010-11-05


grundisimo (author)Earths_hope2010-11-05


rockmanjay (author)grundisimo2011-02-02

Hey, guys. Sorry I'm late. What'd I miss?

grundisimo (author)paulzef2009-12-24

this isn't even your post

77Kapn Krunch77 (author)2009-12-17

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

biboNL (author)Warlrosity2010-03-15

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.

Warlrosity (author)biboNL2010-03-24

Thats a bit harsh

lol it is

biboNL (author)77Kapn Krunch772010-03-29

sorry, was kind of grumpy at that comment, saw something that could be flamed and did.

TekoMuto (author)biboNL2010-11-17


77Kapn Krunch77 (author)biboNL2010-03-28

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.

sabbott (author)2009-12-17

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!

polyspace (author)sabbott2009-12-24

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.

Tayl90mm (author)polyspace2010-01-24

Polyspace, you WIN the game.

mettaurlover (author)2009-12-31

Any more 'ibles in this series coming soon? Can't wait to see what happens next...

blakelock (author)2009-12-17

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.

grundisimo (author)blakelock2009-12-24

He should make a sequel to this instructable on how to make a book that only closes once.

Stephen D. Alverez (author)2009-12-17

 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.

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