Introduction: Book With a Secret Compartment

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I show how to make a book safe that can be used to hide small items. Book safes are an age old way to stash one's treasures such as the key to a safe, a private document, a flask, a gun and any other valuable that will fit inside. You can use them while traveling to hide your phone, back up cash, or other valuables from would-be thieves. They can also make a great homemade gift.

A hollowed-out book is a clever place to hide valuables. There are many companies that have book safes on the market, but why buy something that can be easily made at home with a bit of time and patience. You get to choose the book and set the depth of the safe. It's a great place to hide your valuables or impress your friends.

Puzzle glue works well but you can simply use white glue or epoxy for an even stronger hold. Have multiple blades to replace them when they become dull. This will take a lot of time but the results will be worth the effort.

Step 1: Materials


-Box cutter/ X-acto knife


-Felt/ thick paper (To line the inside of the compartment)

-Heavy objects (Weights)



Step 2: Watch the Video

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ASCAS (author)2014-02-03

Awesome Guide! There's actually an ultra fast technique to do this. I do mine by drilling 4 holes (on the book's page), then fill the holes with hot glue :D

HarryK31 (author)ASCAS2016-04-18

I don't follow; what happens when you fill the holes with hot glue? (I'm assuming the four holes are at the corners of where you will be cutting)

I'm really interested in learning an ultra fast way to do this. Can you walk me through it, please.


ashigaru-sha (author)ASCAS2014-03-17

That's absolutely genius!

flavouredginger (author)2014-09-21

my little sisters are going to love this for christmas

rhino (author)2014-02-05

I find it fun to buy old books at yard sales and then make a compartment in them and hide something. Maybe a secret treasure map. Then take that book to the local library and sneak it onto the shelves with their books.

flavouredginger (author)rhino2014-09-21

I might just do that too...

pjburke58 (author)2014-01-31

We made these as party favors for my daughter's birthday guests. My husband discovered that if you drill through the pages at the corners and then cut between the drill holes the cutting process is much faster. We made 10 of them and the kids loved them.

captain_jake7 (author)2014-01-29

You could make a hinge system where you cut bout three sides instead of all four possibly

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-01-29

Great video! I did this once, but did a horrid job of cutting out the pages. I think I rushed it. About how long did it take for you to cut out all the pages?

When I was editing the video I had about 4 hours of footage but I didn't record the whole time. Probably close to 5 hours of page cutting. I stayed up pretty late to get it finished.

The results are awesome! Very nice work :)

Thanks :)

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