Introduction: Top Seekrit IPhone Book Safe!

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I love playing with my iPhone, but I don't like advertising that I'm carrying a highly expensive, highly stealable gadget. I decided to make a booksafe case so that I can carry it around with me, play with it on Bart, and look like I'm reading.

Plus, booksafes are cool.

I decided to make the booksafe so I could carry use it in two ways:
1. Leave the iphone in its Marware case and carry them both in the closed booksafe, to provide an extra level of protection in my backpack.
2. Take the iphone out of its Marware case and put horizontally in the open booksafe to surf the web.

Step 1: Choosing the Book

First off, pick the book. Here are the things you need to decide before you choose it:

1. Do you want to put the iPhone in the book vertically, horizontally, or both?
2. Do you want to put the iPhone + a case in the book, or just the phone?

Once you've decided, pick out a book that's thick enough and tall and wide enough to hold the phone.

It's a good idea to pick a book with a dust jacket, because it might get messed up during the project.

Step 2: What You'll Need.

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You need:
1. an Exacto blade or box cutter,
2. tacky glue (you can find this in a craft shop,)
3. a pen or pencil, and
4. the book.

Cutting the book is going to take a long, long time, and could get boring if you're working alone. I made my booksafe at a party at a coffeeshop, which was fun. Also I made lots of new friends, everybody was curious about what I was doing.

Since you're using a sharp knife, I wouldn't do this at an airport.

Step 3: Outline the Shape.

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Take the dust jacket off the book, and put it somplace it won't get glue on it.

Outline the shape you're going to cut in the book.

Step 4: Glue the Part You'll Be Cutting.

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Figure out what part of the book you'll be cutting-- leave a few pages at the front and the end of the book.

Put tacky glue along all the sides, then smear it down evenly with a napkin or coffee stirrer and let it dry.

Step 5: Start Cutting!

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Trace your shape with your Exacto blade, cutting through a few pages at a time. Every few pages, pull out the paper you've cut.

Step 6: Voila! You Have Your Case!

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Here you can see my phone + Marware case in the book.

You can also see the outline I made when I decided to cut a second, shallower hole so that I can put the iPhone uncovered in the book horizontally for easier web surfing.

Step 7: Optional Extra-fancy Things You Can Do.

I want to figure out a fun way to hold the book closed when it's in my backpack.

I'm also thinking about lining the inside of the case with fabric, or painting it, to even out the rough edges. It's pretty nifty as is, though.


kylekyle (author)2008-08-08

I'm implanting magnets into the pages to keep it closed! I love this idea I'm doing it now

nicholasd2 (author)kylekyle2015-03-02

I like the way you think

templar627 (author)kylekyle2009-08-19

that is a good idea by do you realize that magnets can wipe electronics like iphones and flash memory and definitely hard drives

dangerD (author)templar6272012-01-14

flash memory would not be affected by a magnet. only an ipod video with a hard drive would be affected.

I agree with this guy.

superscientist1 (author)kylekyle2010-08-14

dont do it

Snazzy_Girl_2003 (author)2014-07-12

Haha cool

FrozenIce (author)2011-11-25

haha i made one just like this for my iPod touch 4 like 2 months ago!!

beastycrum (author)2010-08-14

Great idea! I tried it for my iPod Nano and it works great! This will be a awesome thing for silent reading time at school!

rabiddemonweasel (author)2010-05-03

Nice. I'll try it.

LasVegas (author)2007-09-27

Secret! Ess - Eee - Sea - Are - Eee - Tea SECRET!

Fieldownage (author)LasVegas2009-04-13

Obviously you haven't been to

hassannaeem101 (author)2008-12-29

you spelled secret wrong

angs9 (author)2007-09-28

To hold the book shut put magnets in the corners. If you've left enough room at the front you can put magnets in both sides to hold the book shut. Magnets and a thing metal strip also work. If you go to a hobby store you can even get those super strong rare earth magnets. Of course magnets + hard drives might not get along so might not want to try this with a hard drive based mp3 player

trayo (author)angs92008-12-25

Are they really "rare" earth magnets if you can buy a bunch of them at hobby stores?

LasVegas (author)angs92007-09-28

Hard drives are well shielded from magnetic fields. They actually contain stronger magnets than you'll likely ever put near them. in this post floppy disk era, magnets are no longer a real danger around computers.

puffyfluff (author)LasVegas2008-07-17

My mom worked at Maxtor a few years ago, and they would test them with huge super-uber electromagnets, and yes, most of them survived.

Punkguyta (author)LasVegas2007-09-29

I know myself, I tried to wipe a hard drive a long time ago with a powerful magnet I had, didn't work at all. They're made of some thick metal eh?

angs9 (author)LasVegas2007-09-28

I know, but thought I'd put in the disclaimer so no one could accuse me of trying to sabotage an ipod :). I've taken apart many a hard drive for the magnets. They're awesome. Some you can't even pry off my fridge door.

hivoltage (author)angs92007-11-16

I used the magnets and thin metal strip in my Instructable for making a book safe/ mp3 player case Here

lemonie (author)2007-09-28

Congratulations upon spelling 'voila' correctly (many others have failed...) L

Tierra (author)lemonie2007-09-30

I think you mean "wahlah" :-P

mg0930mg (author)Tierra2008-10-09

No, it is Voila. HEHE. You posted on my birthday. ZOMG.

A.C.E. (author)2008-10-05

i searched marware ipod touch case and i got this which isnt quite what you have in the first pic.. the last ipod i had would've been dead by now except for the fact i had a nice (sort of) black leather case. it lives in it's case, it and its 1,856 songs. now i have an ipod touch and it is defensless and your case looks awesome!! could you please tell me where you got is? thanks!

WTHAI (author)2008-07-25

Ok, so I did this because I'll need it for when I'm out, but I used a classic piece of literature. Sorry. It was Treasure Island.

bumpus (author)2007-09-27

sweeet, I've made a few of these before, one to hide and transport fireworks, and two more just to put stuff in...i glue pieces of foamboard to the inside, but thats just me....

lukeyj15 (author)bumpus2008-07-18

That's clever. What sort of fireworks are they? They ovishly weren't big.

bumpus (author)lukeyj152008-07-18

Nope, just little home-made ones hehe

puffyfluff (author)2008-07-17

Never thought about something like this. Great idea.

345138 (author)2007-09-28

Looks awesome!I might make it but instead for a DS or something!

connorcancount! (author)2007-09-27

very sneaky!

schnerby (author)2007-09-27

To line something like this with fabric, choose something fairly soft and flexible to cushion the phone but also sit in the hole nicely. Leave a few extra pages at the front. Glue the fabric down to the faces of the pages leaving plenty to fill the hole then when that is dry glue a few extra pages down over the raw fabric edges. Should work ok.

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