Building a Book Safe

This will give you a general idea on how to build a book safe for under 15-20 dollars! This is a great project to make so you can hide stuff such as money or credit cards inside!

Sorry About the picture its a little over exposed!
Warning this should not be done by children this can be very dangerous and i take no responsibility if any injures occur while making this project
Just for the record this is my first instructable.

Step 1: Find a Book That You Will Be Able to Cut Up

You can buy a book or use one you have,I Found the dictionary pictured below at Half Price Books For $2.00. It worked well for the project because it has thin pages, and were easy to cut. Make sure the book is about an inch thick or More or THIS WILL NOT WORK!

Step 2: Gather Materials

For this you will need:

- Exacto Knife OR a retractable blade knife which you can purchase from Home Depot or almost any arts and crafs store.
- Cheap Little Book
- Ruler or straight edge
- Blades

Step 3: Make Your Mark

Marh off the area You Want to cut.
I later tore out the page i outlined my hole on because i got pen marking on the paage!

Step 4: Cut

Use the knife to cut out the desired area.
Every few pages flip over the cut pages to the left side.
When you get to the desired level stop and then you can be done or...........(go to next step)

Step 5: Your Done or You Can Chose to Glue the Pages Together!

The pages can now be glued together so the cut out pages last longer!

I didn't do this but it's an idea.



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    46 Discussions

    Bobby T

    3 years ago

    A decent idea is to leave a layer of pages on the top, since somebody can still open the book. There is a chance they'll never get past the intro and that can save your stash.


    6 years ago on Step 5

    i think its a great idea i have stuff ineed to be safely contained thanks for putting this on intructables


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    so no one steals it. i hide gum in mine at school because it is not my job to supply 300 kids with gum everyday....thats just in my grade lol


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    So don't do it.
    I think it looks pretty cool, and you can use one which you don't use and nobody else is interested in.
    Think of it as repurposing rather than wasting.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Or anything written by Silver Ravenwolf... That works too. A phone book is too likely to be grabbed by someone... only people that would read Silver Ravenwolf wouldn't be in my house. ;)

    I have a 30 page book that is he perfect size for a "pack" of bills, depending on the bills you a fit a lot. ( over $1k)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I've hidden $300+ in an "Old Man and the Sea" book (150-200 pages) with cut out pages.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I live in Cuba, come find me. Also, I've since changed the book I hide my money in, it's now in a book about taxes.

    Stormed Wolf

    8 years ago on Introduction

    To all of the people who are freaking out about the cutting of the pages, just glue all off the pages together well in the beginning, let it dry for at least a day with a heavy weight on top.

    After all of the pages are dry, use a dremmel tool to cut out the pages if you have one, or if you don't, it reduces the chance of cutting yourself because the pages won't slip.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    My dads a carpenter so i <3 knifes too lol. they are awesome!!!!!!! and besides if you dont learn about them as a kid youll get hurt as an