Step 7: Cover Back On

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After the glue has hardened, apply more glue to the remaining back of the spine so that you can glue the cover back on. I was going to use the white material to reinforce the hinges but didn't feel it was necessary on this book. You can choose depending on what kind of book you use.

If you want a more finished appearance you can paint the interior or glue felt to the inside to cover up the glued edges.
Fandragon8 months ago

Late to the game here, but I just wanted to thank you for posting this! I've made a couple of book safes (well, one book safe and one book clock) using this method, and it worked SO much better than the "slice every page one by one" method I'd tried before.

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.
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!
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.
it would have to be a pretty intense magnet to not open from a fall. it would be more simple, and more secure to just use velcro or something
myke20205 years ago
could you add magnets, so the book stays closed if anyone drops it when searching for valuables?