Introduction: BOOKCASE DOOR THAT REPLACES YOUR DOOR.

90 PERCENT OF THESE BOOKS WERE WATER DAMAGED!!!!!!!
I DONT CONDONE DESTROYING BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!



IV WANTED TO BUILD THIS DOOR FOR YEARS BUT DIDNT WANT TO RUIN A BUNCH OF BOOKS. SO I FINALY FOUND SOME WATER DAMAGED BOOKS THAT NO ONE WOULD WANT TO READ. THATS THE HARDEST PART OF THIS PROJECT. I CUT ALL THE BOOKS THEN SUN BATHED THEM FOR A FOR DAYS TO DRY THEM AND TAKE ANY SMELL OUT. YOU COULD JUST GO TO A LIBRARY BOOK SALE AND GET BAGS OF BOOKS FOR ABOUT $2 A BAG, BUT PEOPLE FROWN UPON DESTROING BOOKS SO TRY TO FIND DAMAGED ONES IF YOU CAN.

YOU CAN REUSE YOUR DOOR OR BUILD A NEW ONE LIKE I DID. IF YOU REUSE YOUR DOOR ITS A MATER OF ADDING MORE WOOD AND BOOKS TO IT.

Step 1: Cutting Your Wood.

cut 1 1/2" x 3/4 pieces to make a frame around your door. [make sure you leave enough space on the latch side, that the door will shut and not hit on the jam.] measure the books you get to determin where you put the next piece of wood.  

Step 2: Cutting the Books

cutting the books is not fun! but if you have a-
table saw
shopvac
dust mask
you can do this fairly easy. set your fence on the saw to 1 1/4" hook up your shop vac to the saw, put on you dust mask. and start cutting the books with the bind of the book to the fence, you will have to empty the shopvac about 5 times depending on the size of the vac. IF YOU TRY TO CUT THESE IN A CLOSED AREA WITHOUT A SHOPVAC AND MASK YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BREATH!!! I KNOW CAUSE I DID IT.

Step 3: Stain Your Wood

stain or paint all your wood pieces and attach them with glue and nails. if your building a new door stain everything. MAKE SURE YOU MATCH THE STAIN OR PAINT OF YOUR DOOR JAM. then clear your wood with a varnish or polyurathane.

Step 4: Glue the Books on the Door.

glue the books on the door making sure to dry fit them first useing pl400 or some other very good glue.
i used a lever handle so i could hollow out the book i wanted to use as the handle. i then drilled the handle and attached with screws. if you dont have a lever handle you could get creative with 2 books or somthing.

Step 5: Hanging the Door

now you can rehang the door but keep in mind your door will be much heavier and you may need to add a heavier duty hinge.
now  it should look somthing like mine or better! and the inside of your door will look just like a door.

Step 6: HANDLE IN THE WALL


My bedroom is very small, and after hanging the door i hit my arm on the book handle a few times. so i came up with this idea to make the handle go into the wall, and gain about 3" of walk space.

i just marked the wall were the handle hit the wall, and built a box that fit around the handle. cut out the wall and slid in the box with a little glue on it. then mounted a wall bumper on the wall down low.

this could be added to about any door that you needed more walk space.

THANKS FOR CHECKING OUT MY INSTRUCTABLE!
THANKS: THE GOOSE

Step 7: MORE PHOTOS

more photos.

Comments

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silkysly made it! (author)2015-11-21

I love this idea & going to put it in a house I'm flipping. I've been collecting damaged books for awhile now for this project. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

ps..., I'm an avid reader & this is a cool way to re-purpose old, damaged books...

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weirdwizard made it! (author)2012-06-12

COME ON PEOPLE!!!! Cut her some slack! I love books but i'm okay with destroying some damaged ones to have a little fun. Beside all you tree huggers might like to see some creative recycling!

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THE GOOSE made it! (author)THE GOOSE2012-06-12

Thanks Weird wizard!
its funny i published this back in 2009 and people still get mad about me cutting up water and smoke damaged books. ow well...

by the way the Goose is a him not a her.
LOL

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weirdwizard made it! (author)weirdwizard2012-06-13

sorry about that I just took a guess on the gender.

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jmacdonald13 made it! (author)jmacdonald132015-02-20

Gander: A gander is an adult male goose. :-) I made the same assumption. :-)

By the way, I'm a Buddhist, if you have damaged religious books the right thing to do with them is burn them. The whole book destroying thing is just a meme. People don't think for themselves unfortunately they see a book being destroyed and they think you're a Nazi. You can't win with people! They've made their minds up before they read a word. It's just paper after all not a puppy. I love this idea though. I always wanted to build a wardrobe around my bedroom door. Just imagine the confusion on your date's face in the morning. LOL. I never did it though the room was only just big enough for the door to have a handle. Eventually I took off the the door handle and the frame around the door, papered the door and where the frame was and painted the whole thing to match the rest of the room. Not quite as exciting as a wardrobe but it made me smile. :-)

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THE GOOSE made it! (author)THE GOOSE2015-02-20

yea, i know gander is a male but the nick name was given to me by coworkers 20 years ago. a lot of people think its from the Top gun movie. i thought it was given to me just cause it rhymed with my name Bruce. i didnt mind the nick name and thought it could be worse. years later i found out it was given to me cause i was being lazy out side walking around kicking dirt, smoking a cigarette and somebody seen me and said i looked like a goose. now i have a goose tattoo, i just started my company called Goose remodeling.

Maybe i can change my nick name to The Book Nazi.

(NO BOOKS FOR YOU!) lol

Thanks for the comment- The Goose

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wolf shadowblade made it! (author)2014-09-16

what is wrong with you the goose it wouldn't matter if you shredded the books if they were yours

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jmacdonald13 made it! (author)jmacdonald132015-02-20

See the comment three down by fiducianullus

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jaymeb made it! (author)2009-12-04

What a great idea! And if you don't have damaged books, you could just use really bad books. You'd be doing the world a favour by getting rid of some of them. I'm going to make a door out of Twilight books! :p

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Colonel Hogan made it! (author)Colonel Hogan2014-11-02

Haha

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wolf shadowblade made it! (author)wolf shadowblade2014-09-19

lol

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XxBlackAngelxX made it! (author)XxBlackAngelxX2009-12-16

hah! Agreed. Twilight is just toooo highly rated by crazy fans. The rates they (the crazy fans) give are not reasonable at all.

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SparkySolar made it! (author)2014-09-05

I love this

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billbillt made it! (author)2014-04-15

Thang iz... This is a great idea!... Jes Sayin...

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fiducianullus made it! (author)2010-05-15

 Couldn't you have made it an actual bookshelf? Better than killing books i think.

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THE GOOSE made it! (author)THE GOOSE2010-05-16

NO. If you read the intro, you will know why.

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analuisamontanez made it! (author)analuisamontanez2012-11-18

Anne Frank did a pretty good job with an actual bookshelf. Just saying.

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fiducianullus made it! (author)fiducianullus2010-05-16

 Still not seeing it. Oh well - good idea either way. well done.

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THE GOOSE made it! (author)THE GOOSE2010-05-16

90 PERCENT OF THESE BOOKS WERE WATER DAMAGED!!!!!!!
I DONT CONDONE DESTOYING BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!

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fiducianullus made it! (author)fiducianullus2010-05-17

 Calm down buddy. I posted that for good measure. Try decaf dude.

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THE GOOSE made it! (author)THE GOOSE2010-05-17

i am calm, i copied that from my posting. i had to write it like that cause of all the comments i got about destroying books. i didnt mean to sound mad, im happy theres people out there that do like my door.
SORRY: GOOSE

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fiducianullus made it! (author)fiducianullus2010-05-18

 Oh... lol ok then. I thought you were freaking out. I wish my wife would let me do this.... I did the 60 minute book shelf. Turned out really nice.

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mettaurlover made it! (author)2012-10-20

About ten extra minutes of work and you can have a book handle that actually fits in to the door, and you pull it out a bit to use it.

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weirdwizard made it! (author)2012-06-13

Can you post a video on the door opening please?

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THE GOOSE made it! (author)THE GOOSE2012-06-13

i will try to , soon.

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mrscoloradogal made it! (author)2012-05-12

I love this idea! I can just imagine this door in an entire wall covered in built-ins stuffed with books. When the door is closed it would be almost completely hidden...

Great job!

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dolabil66 made it! (author)2012-05-06

Nice Job !!!!! Cool Idea............

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Magenta8 made it! (author)2010-09-19

Goose-I am sorry you get so many comments about damaging "the poor defenseless books". boo hoo to them.
PEOPLE! They are her books, her property. What she does with them is her gosh darn business! Learn to read the freakin comments she put on here !FOR YOUR BENEFIT!-What part of "They were damaged, she doesn't condone using perfectly good books." did you not understand?
Even if they weren't damaged, what business is it of your what she does with them? You all sound like a bunch of finger wagging grannies.
Sorry, if this ends as a thread hijack, but I am really tired of the self-important "oh, you must recycle absolutely everything" crowd making comments that remind me of old religious leader who used to try shame people for having sex. Goose, they are your books, and you have done a remarkable, and intelligent thing with them!

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Bindweeds made it! (author)Bindweeds2012-03-27

LOL SO True though I am a "oh, you must recycle absolutely everything" person however these were unusable things that she used to be useful. that would be recycling! Way to go Goose!

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tinker234 made it! (author)tinker2342012-02-20

i agree they just end up being destroyed so might as well use them

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dog and pony show made it! (author)dog and pony show2011-07-13

Thank you... I agree. Better to see their beauty than have them go to a land fill!

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solice21 made it! (author)2011-12-23

Love everything about this, one possible addition would be to have the whole door go into the wall a little and make it look like a bookshelf when the door is open too.

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slysimon made it! (author)2011-12-15

Great idea and a great instructable. I've just moved into a new place and we have a cupboard under the stairs where I intend to put all my AV boxes, consoles and home server. The door leads into the living room and my wife wanted to disguise the door somehow. This seems like the perfect way.

Thanks for putting the instructable together.

Now I just have to get a load of old cheap books.

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afuller3 made it! (author)2011-10-09

why can't you just make it a real book shelf and not hack up books. You know, for people dying from the sight of hacked books. I understand though : )

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anderlance made it! (author)2011-09-01

The handle in the wall idea alone is fantastic!

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8ntfrogn made it! (author)2011-07-21

I always wanted a secret passage way. I think this is a fantastic idea. Must start collecting books. Thank you for sharing thins fantstic idea.

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zanne101 made it! (author)2011-01-02

This is a terrific idea.

To cut down on weight and not have to cut through all those pages, I was thinking that maybe just take everything out of the books - just leave the complete cover? I would put a little cardboard/foam strip inside the spine to keep the "book" in it's original angular shape, and glue them all together in a line instead of glueing each one. I really just want the spine and a little of the front and back covers.
Maybe I'm way off here, just thinking/typing out loud. :-}
If you do pull out all the pages, they make great kindling in the fireplace! Gives new meaning to "book burning".

But I definitely want to do this. Great job.

ps: your books - nobody's business what you do with them!

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Spectre208 made it! (author)2010-11-04

It would be cool if you have to pull out that book a bit and then pull the lever. Very nice one!!

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Antipassifist22 made it! (author)2010-06-21

I wonder if I could do this without drilling into the door behind it... like if i could fit it to the door and then hang it...

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zomfibame made it! (author)2010-05-24

I like the door; and also I very much like the notch made for the door knob.

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milesduggan made it! (author)2010-04-27

 Words cannot describe how BATMAN that is!!! I mean wow! I am soooooo going to do this!! Simply incredible! 

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Love_Not_Found made it! (author)2010-03-05

wow i have to give you props for this one  when i get my house im so doing this

one thing i dont get  how did the handle on the outside work?

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THE GOOSE made it! (author)THE GOOSE2010-03-05

its just a lever handle with a book cover slid over it and a set screw holds it on. and when you push it up or down it opens.

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Love_Not_Found made it! (author)Love_Not_Found2010-03-05

oooo ok nice ^^ well like i said  i give you props for the best door ive ever seen

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Dr.Bill made it! (author)2009-12-27

I've got a double wide arched 2nd entry to my living room. I'm going to do this with recessed tracks in the floor to support the weight of real books!

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Dr.Bill made it! (author)Dr.Bill2009-12-27

I will make 2 book cases with curved tops that split in the middle to open into the living room. When the doors open they will lie flush with the walls on either side. There will be a recess in the wall to accommodate the doors. Arrrrr me hearty.

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ender2wiggin made it! (author)ender2wiggin2010-02-16

dude, if you do that, please put it on here as an instructable.. that'd be freaking sweet to do.. I like the original idea of the bookcase door, but would prefer not to kill the books, you know?

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omnibot made it! (author)2009-11-30

Coool! It's like a secret room. Must be a million uses for this. I'm thinking I'll do this with a REAL bookcase instead since I have the dual problem of not enough bookspace and a door to cover up.

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orksecurity made it! (author)orksecurity2009-11-30

Books are paper. Paper weighs like trees.  A full bookcase is a very heavy thing, requiring some rather specialized hinges and/or additional support if you want it to be movable. Even the imitation shown here is much heavier than an ordinary door. (Some weight could be saved by hollowing out the dummy books a bit further, I suppose.)

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EmmettO made it! (author)EmmettO2009-12-03

 It's not as bad as you may think. My bathroom upstairs has a door that is a real bookcase. I used three 4" hinges to support the weight and it's worked for five or six years now.

I angled the shelves slightly so the books don't easily slide off, and the jamb needs to be at a 5-10% angle so the thickness of the bookcase doesn't bind.

I hollowed out a book and modified a gate latch to open the door. You lift up on the right book and it opens!

Other than figuring out the latch, it wasn't too hard to do. If I did it again, I would glue the back panel to the frame with gorilla glue.

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