How to Create a Secret Bookcase Box




About: In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
Do you need a way to hide something of a bigger size, like bigger than would fit inside a hollow book?  Here is another idea using books and a book case.  This is only limited by the size of box you use and the number books you are willing to sacrifice to create the cover to the box.  So let’s get started.

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Step 1:

A sturdy cardboard (mine was a box that held dish washer tablets)
Books (enough to cover one side of the box)
White glue
E-6000 glue
Table saw
Tape measure
Box knife
Blue painters tape
Sand paper

Step 2:

If needed remove the flaps on the box with the box knife. 
Make sure that you have books enough to cover the front of the box.

Step 3:

Using the blue tape, wrap a layer around the book close to the spine.  Do this to all the books.

Step 4:

Set the table saw blade at 2 inches.  The goal is to cut 2 inches of the spine, off from each book.   

Step 5:

We have a fine blade on the saw.  We put the blade up as far as it would go,

Step 6:

but we had to turn more than one book over, and run it through from the other direction, removing the spine from the body of the book.  Recycle the left over body of the book.

Step 7:

Don’t remove the tape yet.

Step 8:

Apply white glue to the cut end of papers, to make them a solid mass.  Let it dry.

Step 9:

If your box has a glossy surface, sand it to make it less glossy, thus allowing the glue to stick to it. 
Remove the blue tape.

Step 10:

Put some E-6000 glue on the sanded side of the box.  Place the cut end of a book spine on the glue, lining the bottom and side up with the bottom and side of the box.  For the each of the next book spines, put E-6000 glue on the side of the previous book spine and on the next section of box.  Stick the next book spine to the previous book spine and the box.  Keep the bottoms aligned with the bottom of the box.  Do this with all the rest of the spines until the front of the box is covered with book spines.

Step 11:

Let it dry, up to 24 hours, it takes that long for E-6000 to cure.

Step 12:

Now stick it in your book case, high enough that you can’t see down into the box, and put books beside it, on both sides.  It is ready to keep your precious treasures away from spying eyes.  Enjoy.
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    37 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    What a great tutorial. Thank you for the kindness of sharing this brilliant idea. Remember, an old used book is just a book, and not an idol. They are a dollar a dozen. Thanks again!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    maybe a future project could be using a wooden box with a lid to make it more sturdy? I might try that ...


    7 years ago on Introduction

    ooooooohhhhh your killing me cutting those books

    but its for the good of the project

    Nice 'ible looks very realistic when finished



    7 years ago on Step 11

    Or just donate 2 extra books to the project for the ends, glued to the sides of the box as well as the neighboring spines...


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! this prompts me to make one for my bookshelf too! Funny commentary also, regarding the choice of books to cut up!!!!! My non-descript books are sitting right next to me! They include dry technical manuals such as: "The Fundamentals of Alternating Current", (not that Alternating Current is not utterly fascinating or anything....)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    A great idea! I wonder if as many people would have studied this instructable if you hadn't used a Joy of Cooking? (My favorite reference cookbook, but really, it's only a book.


    7 years ago on Step 11

    How about leave the outside covers of the outside books to conceal the sides of the box?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Well done. A great variation of the hidden compartment book thing.
    But DICK FRANCIS????????? You cut up DICK FRANCIS???????
    So many people's favorite author!
    But the hidden box idea is great.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    very cool!
    Now what I might have done is leave the front cover on one of the books and the back cover on one, and let them extend around the ends of the box. I can notice in the picture that the books on the box are all tight together and the other real books are loose and uneven. You might cut some of the spines wider to make it more realistic looking and maybe not glued them on quite so evenly.

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You could also stack the books on top of each other. (like shown in the step 1 photo) Then the fact that the books are so tight together would look natural. The downside, of course is that your box size would be limited to the height of the books.

    The Ramblerheathbar64

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    This could also just be an issue of rearranging the flow of the book case. For instance I see other books on the shelf that are very evenly and neatly placed. If you put those books next to it, instead of the binders it would look less out of place.

    Regardless, this is a really cool take on the secret book storage idea..


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You may not find the book special but others do and sadly will be reached for and pulled out of your shelf. Ya should have stuck with non descript books or something no one would reach for like a dictionary.... lol


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Joy of cooking is NOT a book you used to hide stuff behind. It WILL be reached for and pulled out of the shelf. Better to stick to non descript(sp?) books. But otherwise a nice idea.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Oh Man! As a retired chef I can say with confidence that "Joy of Cooking" is the best home kitchen reference ever published. As a pro, I always carried the two volume paperback set of JOC in my kit bag at work. Don'r destroy it, give it to someone who likes to cook. If you have a culinary school nearby, give it to a student there!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    My first thought was, "No, not the Joy of Cooking". I see I'm in good company when I read all the comments.