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Book with Secret Compartment

Book with Secret Compartment

I bought this hard bound, vintage-esque book at my local second hand bookstore awhile back and I've been using it as a purely decorative piece on my nightstand. But I'm always looking for ways to make things more functional so I decided to turn this into one of those secret compartment books. This project requires a lot of time and elbow grease. It took me about 4 hours to gut out this book which is about 200 pages and a day later my thumb is still sore! But I did it all in one sitting and was really pushing to finish this so I could blog and share it with you all. Take your time, it'll be kinder on your hands and the results will be worth it.


You'll need:

- A book

- Box cutter

- Glue

- Paint brush

- Ruler

- Plastic wrap


I wanted my book to have some actual intact pages when you open it, so it still looks like a real book at first glance. So I opened my book to page 10 and glued all pages (10 and down) together on all three sides. The quickest way to do this is to paint the glue on.


Then, take some plastic wrap (don't use newspaper like I did here, you'll see why later) and separate the pages you haven't glued down and the cover of your book. Put something heavy on it for 30 minutes to an hour, just until the glue dries and then apply another coat of glue. I did three coats all in all.


Taking a page from the section that isn't glued down (page 9), make a margin on where you want to hallow out your book. Cut out that top page and flip to the next page, using a box cutter, start cutting out your secret compartment. This way, if you make a mistake or rip the paper, you have an extra sheet to cover up any mistakes that might happen.


As much as I could, I tried to keep the pages I had cut out intact, to be used in another project I have in mind so stay tuned for that! The most difficult part for me was getting all the edges really sharp and in the end I found going page by page yielding much better results compared to really digging in there with the box cutter and trying to cut out as much as I can in one go.


See that fray stuff on top and bottom edges? That's where the newspaper I used accidentally got glued on to the book. But fear not, that's what that spare sheet was for! 

Glue down the extra sheet and it's like all those little mistakes never happened. ;)

Cover your hollowed up half of the book and the book cover with plastic wrap. Then, glue all the remaining lose pages (page 1-8) together. You can omit this step, this is purely an aesthetic decision.


Again, put something heavy on top and let the glue dry.


Once everything was dry, I decided to add a small envelope on the inside flap. Also optional, I just thought it would be pretty. By this time I was sick of glue so I just taped it on with washi tape. And voila, you're done! Scroll to the bottom to see a little gif I made of this baby in action. ;)


As always, if you try this take a photo and tag me @jackkayephoto #thesundayproject. x


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