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I have some really nice pearls, yet no place to keep them safe.  Then I saw this (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Hollow-Book) on Wiki How.  Yes, the perfect idea.  I went to the “Book Store” at our local library.  They sale used library book there, $1.00 of hard bound and 25¢ for paper backs. Since my personal library contains mysteries, science fiction and religious books, I picked up a big, thick, hard bound science fiction book for my project.   So this is how you can create a hollow book for hidden storage of special things.
 
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Step 1:

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Supplies:
A hard bound book (your choice of size)
Craft knife with extra blades
Metal ruler
Pencil
Paintbrush
White glue (I used Mod Podge)
Tape
T-shirt shopping bags (you could use plastic wrap, or plastic bags)

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To start, determine how much of the book you want to seal.  Leave 4-10 of the first pages free. 

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You do not want the glue to stick to the front, back and purposely free pages, so wrap the t-shirt shopping bags around the front/ free pages

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and then tape them tight. (Glue won’t stick to the t-shirt shopping bags, and since they are plentiful, they make a good repurpose object for this part of the project).  Repeat with the back page.

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Hold all of the rest of the pages together and using the paint brush spread the white glue along the three sides of the edges that are usually free.  When dry this will make these pages will be a solid unit.

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Close the book and pile a bunch of heavy stuff on your closed book and let it dry 12+ hours.

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Once the glue is dry, open the book to the solid area, I wanted the hole in the book to fit the case my pearls reside in, so I traced all the way around that case.  You can just mark a rectangle that is 1 inch from the 4 edges of the book.
wampastompa3 months ago
I picked up an old copy of Robinson Crusoe from a thrift store for a dollar or two and now it sits on my shelf, ready to conceal whatever small things I decide to store in it. Great Instructable.
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thanks it realy helped i am going to put my phone in the one i make so i can text in class

ananymous10 months ago
I loved this idea!! Can a box cutter work to cut the pages?
Ernext1 year ago
this is a perfect idea to hide many stuff, awesome!
love your work, you've been featured:
http://secretbooksafe.com/diy-hollow-book-safes/
craftknowitall (author)  curtisjackson1 year ago
Thanks, I am honored.
Great tutorial. I just posted a video on Instructables on the same subject (I made the video about 5 years ago when I had a Spy Gear website). Be careful, HowCast will rip you off! They stole one of my video ideas.
Does it have to be hard cover? Or is it just easier to do this then a soft book
Thanks
craftknowitall (author)  RoastedSquirrel2 years ago
Hard cover is heavier, this sturdier, yet since you glue the pages together you could do it with a paper back book. Thanks for commenting.
rachl0092 years ago
Very cool! When I made a hollowed out book for a christmas present, I drilled 4 small holes in the pages for the corners, that helped keep them even. I started out using a knife like you but switched to a dremel tool. The inside of your book looks much more neat and clean, nice job!
thanks for the idea of a dremel tool, i would have never thought of that. sounds way faster. good idea.
craftknowitall (author)  rachl0092 years ago
Thanks for looking and commenting.
calskin2 years ago
I built one of these years ago, but I didn't think to glue the pages, so it didn't work very well.
craftknowitall (author)  calskin2 years ago
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