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What's the best way to hide something you don't want found? In plain sight. If someone breaks into your room to locate the loot from a daring jewel-heist, or to recover a USB full of secret government documents chances are they will pay extra-close attention to your drawers, heating vents and baseboards. However, will they think to open up that dusty old VHS tape lying on your desk? Probably not.
 
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Step 1: What You Need:

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- Screwdriver
- Glue
- Rotary tool & cutting bit
- Fabric (optional)
- Cardboard, thin wood, or plastic
- VHS tape
- Scissors

Step 2: Taking Apart the VHS

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- Before you do anything, rewind or fast-forward the VHS so that all the tape is on one of the spools.
- Flip the tape over. There should be five screws; four in the corners and one in the center of the tape. Remove them all and set them aside.
- Remove the two spools from the body of the VHS. Cut the tape so that the spools are no longer joined together.
- Even though all of the black tape will be on one spool there will still be a little bit of clear tape connected to the center of the other spool. Remove that tape; it should just snap off when pulled. If it doesn't, cut it as close to the center of the spool as you can.
rosewood5138 months ago
Easier to cut a hole on a book.
M3G (author)  rosewood5138 months ago
It's easier, but a lot less secure. Book compartments are also fairly common, so a determined thief might check your books.
bosmaru M3G4 months ago

but far crueler and disrespectful to the author that you would cut up their book

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HUITOSAON6 months ago
buena idea, practica y muy ligera..
M3G (author)  HUITOSAON6 months ago
Gracias!
askjerry8 months ago
It's a nice idea... but you may just want to totally gut the case. When it's inside the cardboard sleeve you won't see it anyway... and it's doubtful someone looking for stuff will start pulling out old VHS tapes. If you gut the case... you will also gain about 3x the storage space... so you have a great concept. Thanks,
Jerry
djimdy askjerry7 months ago

Better yet, gut a broken VHS player entirely. No one will use it and no one will steal it.

askjerry djimdy7 months ago
So true!
M3G (author)  djimdy7 months ago
Good idea!
M3G (author)  askjerry8 months ago
Thanks for the comment! I considered clearing out the whole case, but I decided against it because I wanted the compartment to be as secure as possible. It's true that people aren't likely to take the VHS out of the case, but I'm a little paranoid :p
dlacroix7 months ago
I'd be suspicious of a VHS tape at all.
M3G (author)  dlacroix7 months ago
I've had it on my desk for a couple of weeks, no one has said anything so far.
ozmango7 months ago
One could cut the centre screw as well and glue it back in place ...
kaiakuma8 months ago
used to do this with money and other things my parents used to rade my room and never thought to check my vcr hehe just popped that baby in therec w henmi left for school
TSellers228 months ago
Neat idea, how did that come to you? These would be good Xmas present stocking stuffer's, although if I were robbing anyone under 30 I'd find it pretty odd they would have a VHS tape! Now I'm looking all through my cupboards for other items that could be done like this as well.
phoe TSellers228 months ago
I made a similar VHS "safe" going back about 10-15 years or so ago (think I've still got it somewhere) - generally my "build" was similar, but access was easier (unless I've misunderstood these instructions) - you pushed the button for the flap on the right hand side and lift the flap, the casing behind the flap was cut so you had immediate access to the contents. I'd made a small open-ended cardboard "box" to keep the items in place inside the cassette.
M3G (author)  TSellers228 months ago
I saw a cd case secret compartment, and that got me thinking about using other types of media to hide things. VHS tapes are pretty large, so I figured that they would be good places to hide things.
thebeatonpath8 months ago
I remember that movie! And yes, we still have VHS tapes on our shelves.
cr8smthng8 months ago
Cool instructable, But I think people might be more suspicious of why I have a vhs tape at all anymore haha.
marchlo cr8smthng8 months ago
My family still has our entire collection of vhs tapes, and we have our vcr hooked up to an old sdtv in the basement along side some rabbit ear antennas xD so our robber would just think they went back in time!
M3G (author)  marchlo8 months ago
Haha I still have rabbit ears on my tv too!
lbrewer428 months ago
How to utilize all the inside area yet make it look undisturbed to someone in a hurry.
1. Scan the VHS tape front before taking it apart,
2. cut out the part of the pic that shows what the windows contain,
3. tape the cut outs (pic side out) to the inside of the windows, and
4. hollow out the whole tape.

You have what looks to be a normal tape b/c the pic will likely fool someone in a hurry since the normal insides, at a glance, appear to be there.