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I wanted a book safe and didn't like the versions that I saw that looked like they were hacked out with a rusty hatchet. So I came up with my own way of making one.

Materials needed

Thick book - find a book that will look like it belongs in the bookshelf. Don't put "The Works of Shakespear" in a shelf with electronics books just because it was the right size. It looks out of place. Better to use that book "10,000 Electronic Diagrams" that you never use anymore. You can get really nice thick well built books for free or very cheaply at garage sales, library sales, old book shops or just around the house. Just ask for permission if it's not your book.

A sharp utility knife or single edge razor blade or exactco knife

Band saw (recommended) or coping saw (useable)

6 min. epoxy or thin super glue - I like 6 min. epoxy because it is thick and will stay where you put it and I'm sensitive to the fumes of super glue.

Strong cloth or paper to reinforce the binding if necessary.
 
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Step 1: Removing The Cover

Lets get started!

The better book will have a binding that looks like this. The cover of the spine is separate from the actual spine of the book and you can just cut down the hinge line and separate the cover from the pages.

If the cover is not separate from the spine carefully peel it away after you have cut at the hinge line.

Step 2: Half Way There

Picture of Half Way There
This is what you are trying to achieve. The book cover is separated on one side from the book pages. But the spine of the pages is still intact and the pages are still held together.

Step 3: Cover Removed

Picture of Cover Removed
Turn the book over and cut down the back hinge so that you can separate the book completely from the cover. You should end up with something like this.
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Coffeeman26 made it!7 months ago

Before I started, I felt cutting the spine with a bandsaw was an issue. Epoxy in the joint closed it up -- covering the inside of the cutout concealed the join.

I lined the inside with heavy sketch paper that closely matches the texture of the original pages of the book.

One thing I should have remembered though, I used the original paper dust cover, and might have remembered to glue the flap into the back of the book before I glued down the cutouts.

Thanks to the OP for the great ideas.

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Awesome for an external hard drive cover! :3

i feel like there'd be over-heating problems with that. did you ever try it out?

Nice idea that I had not thought of.
Have you considered entering the Secret Doors and Compartments contest?
SantaB2 years ago
Could you please add a picture of the final product? I am curious how yours looks.

I initially thought this was a great idea, but have since tried it with two books and they just look unfinished. I am not sure if I did something wrong, or this is the way they are supposed to look.
hi there, just wanted to do this, but i had a quick thought, wouldn't the portion of the spine that's not supported buckle if someone were to touch it or press on it giving the safe away? perhaps i piece of cardboard or masonite measured and cut to the size of spine would do the trick?
No. "Most" larger books have the spine reinforced already. My book safe is undetectable visually and by touch from any of the other books.
metqa2 years ago
Haha, I could find a book, do this to make a book safe, but use it to stash my nook. It would really be a Book Nook. People will think I'm reading a regular book, but it will be digitized!!

But really, this is a great idea, much neater looking than the xacto knife method.
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Re-design (author)  DELETED_trevyboy3 years ago
Yes. Since jig-saws have an up-stroke you'lll have a harder time keeping the pages together. But other than that it should work great.
Neodymium magnets from an old CD/DVD drive would be VERY strong, you would just have to "indent" an area and epoxy them in... I think they are 1/8" think too.. so its still very covert. The more magnets you use along the edge the stronger the closed position will be, but also that much harder to open.
What a clever idea! Using magnets along the closed edge would keep the book from being inadvertently opened.
Thank you! This was fun to build
pmcbruce3 years ago
Nice one mate. Was planning on doing something like this with a book on, business statistics or some rubbish, to put my netbook in when I travel through crazier places like south america or simply for the fun of having your netbook inside such an awesome cover - but taking the pages out and using a bandsaw, i never thought of that - brilliant.
iPodGuy3 years ago
This is awesome!

For the past couple of months I've been setting up a geocaching program for the county library system and I've been hollowing out a lot of books with an Xacto knife. I'm to the point where I'm absolutely sick of it.

Now I just have to dig out my old bandsaw and buy a new blade.

Perfect!
I really like this Instructable that I am going to use for a Geocache in a Public Library. Thanks for the Idea how to do it.
Re-design (author)  chrisandamanda4 years ago
Great idea!
AWESOME idea.... Is there a copyright? bc i am gunna use it
Re-design (author)  lug big lug3 years ago
Nope, no copyright. Use it as you see fit.
This is awesome and sooooooo easy! And now I will finally have a use for the bandsaw my uncle left in the basement when he moved out!
Never wear a tie when operating a bandsaw, if it gets cought in the blade its over.
 So wait, a silk tie is stronger than my entire upper body and back? My back would break before the tie would shred?

just double checking.
No, the tie would pull you into the blade and rip your face to shreds.
1) Except that I'm pretty sure I'm stronger than the tie...

2) The motor, while having a high power, low rpm (the way one would be pulled into the blade) on the input is converted to high rpm and low power for the output to the blade...

2.5) ...and if you've ever held a loose blade in your hands you'd know how light they are. the same as when you stop a fan blade with your hand. momentum and mass go hand in hand. just because it's going fast doesn't mean it's unstoppable.

3) There is also a handy-dandy device called a blade guard that only exposes a designated section of the blade. unless your guard is set at a foot above the table of the saw or your face is two inches high i see no possible way to saw ones face with a bandsaw. 

I don't mean to sound rude i just don't like it when people take what they learned in shop class and expect it to be the 100% truth.
Re-design (author)  needs_more_to_do5 years ago
While the likely hood of catching a "tie" and being drug into the blade is very slight, the idea that you are stronger and would just "fight the force" is insane.

Picture getting your tie caught in a low rpm lathe.  A really good one belts tight and all that.

Even a low rpm it would happen in an instant and you wouldn't have ANY time to prepare for it.  If your neck wasn't broken by hitting the lathe, then you would choke to death before you could free your self.  Believe me, I've had a couple of accidents in the shop (never hurt though) and it happens so quickly that you are dumbfounded.  Even your young quick reflexed won't always protect you.  You ain't BULLET PROOF!

Only an idiot argues basic safety precautions.
Lathe? a lathe has alot more power than a bandsaw!
In now way did I imply that I am invincible and in no way did i suggest that one should wear whatever around the shop. It is definitely important to keep loose ends clear however, I think I was pretty clear stating that my point was to dispel the myth that Tie + Saw = Face-shred.

So before you jump to conclusions why don't you go ahead and SCROLL UP.
Re-design (author)  needs_more_to_do4 years ago
Well you didn't dispel anything except that you don't really have the common sense that you think you do and someday will find that out.
lolwut
I believe that means YOU LOSE
Wow really quick on the draw huh buddy. Good thing i was just waiting for some one to reply.
No problem. I'm to help
Well I didn't learn that in shop class cause I never took one, and it still is not a good idea anyway.
Wow your arguments are pointless... Wear a clip on.....
Or just be safe and not wear a tie.
God u guys are arguing over what would happen if your tie got stuck in a band saw. thats really cool btw
Re-design (author)  Loki_Peverell5 years ago
Watch the fingers.
tbcross4 years ago
please don't use Shakespeare even if your bookshelf is loaded with classics, it just seems wrong... :)
Re-design (author)  tbcross4 years ago
Oh, I agree totally.  I used an old art encyclopedia type book.
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