Introduction: How to Hollow Out a Book.

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Hi guys i am going show you how to hollow out a book (NOTE: steps 2-3 are only necessary if you cant find a book that is hard coved.)

Step 1: What You Will Need

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What you will need

1. A book (I used an old phone book.)

2. Some thin cardboard (You will only need this if your book if not hard cover)

3. Clear drying paper glue

4. Utility knife

5. Scissors

6. Pen

Step 2: Cuting Out Pages

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Grab about 10 pages it the start the the end of the book and cut them out.

Step 3: Gluing in the Cardboard

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Put some glue on the cardboard and stick it to the inside of the two covers of the book.  This makes it hard covered.

Step 4: Mark Out the Hole

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Use a DVD case to mark out a hole.

Step 5: Start Cutting

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Start cutting the pages on the lines you make with the pen and pull the cut pieces (make sure you go all the way to edges.)

Step 6: Time to Glue

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To start put a plastic bag over the cover so that the glue doesn’t stick it shut .

Step 7:

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Make a squiggly line of glue on all three sides and rub it in with a piece of cardboard.

Step 8: Wait :(

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Put something heavy on top of it and wait for 12 hours (This gets boring so you should probably do it over night.)


framistan (author)2012-09-27

Thank you for using an old phone book to do this. Many people consider paper books to be "old fashoned" junk but they are wrong. Many books are not available as e-text. Many books that ARE available on e-text are NOT READABLE. For example like this sentence: "we1 hav a$ "be nic3" comnt pollcxy." That sentence is almost unreadable . I have downloaded many old e-books that are 100 years old and are unreadable like that; such as books about Johnny Appleseed. Old books are a treasure not a garbage item. I like your instructable and it is fun to make a secret hiding spot inside a book. So please everyone be very carefull to use a truly useless book such as a phone book as demonstrated by the author "turbofish".

Noadi (author)framistan2012-09-29

My rule when it comes to books and art projects is stick to common books that are always in print, are grossly out of date (old textbooks and encyclopedias for example), are damaged/unreadable. Readers Digest condensed books are great for this, they are really common and totally worthless even for reading because they are abridged versions (which I consider an abomination). I certainly agree that it would be a terrible thing to destroy a rare, out of print book but something like a 20yo Webster's Dictionary is fair game.

Exidis (author)Noadi2015-03-07

I go with whatever is cheap at the thrift stores, like at good will.

Ayres_Ryder (author)2013-08-31

This was extremely helpful, thankyou. I'm po' and have been thinking I might be able to make this to try and make some extra cash.
Trade you ideas!

retrotimelord (author)2012-10-07

oh you have new phone books 2!!!

TurboFish (author)retrotimelord2012-10-08


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