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...or invisible shelf?
I don't much like reading books, but I do love how they look. I stumbled across a how-to online... not sure how I found it or what I was looking for, but I thought I'd give it a try and use the inspiration from a commment left at the bottom from someone about secret compartments :D

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  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 1
    Step 1

    Follow this other guys' how to.<BR>He's got it layed out pretty good, why re-invent the wheel? However... I didn't cut a notch in my book cover. It looks fine to me as is, and I didn't do step 4 how he did.<BR><BR>If you are doing the cutouts in the book, don't complete all the steps just yet. Stop at step 4 and take your bracket out of your book. It'll make it easier to install on the wall later.<BR><BR>Also, I decided to use tiny little nails (seriously... tiny - I think they were probably no longer than ½") instead of more screws in the corners because it was easier pounding a nail in through the pages while keeping everything straight. Just run your thumb up the pages to even them back out if they're mashed down too far.

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now use this other guys' idea for secret compartments.<BR><BR>This is where I'll show you how I did it.

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 3
    Step 3

    Open your book and leave 10 or so pages untouched in the front.<BR><BR>I know I said take the bracket off earlier... but do as I say, not as I do!

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 4
    Step 4

    Measure out where your bracket is and leave ¼" or so on either side. Decide how big you want your secret compartments to be and start cutting.<BR><BR>I used the words on the page to help guide my lines, but keep in mind where your nails are in the corners of the back of the book.

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 5
    Step 5

    Admire any supportive onlookers no matter how bored they appear - they're actually enthralled in what you're creating!

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut down through the pages until you've reached a depth you like.<BR>I left 10-15 pages between the back pages that were cut out for the bracket and my compartments.<BR><BR>This is THE most time consuming part. I think it took me about an hour and a half - maybe more. I suppose you could start off this project reading the book and cut the pages out as you go... but I didn't really care to read this book!

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 7
    Step 7

    Install the bracket on the wall...<BR><BR>(aren't you glad you took it off earlier??)

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 8
    Step 8

    ...screw the book in place...

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 9
    Step 9

    ...hotglue the bottom flap shut...

  • How to make a wall shelf. Floating Book Shelf - Step 10
    Step 10

    ...and hide all of your goodies :P

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Adriana M.
Adriana M.

COOOOOLLL

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Serena A.
Serena A. · Torino, Piedmont, IT · 72 projects

Genius *_*

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Angzii Attackz
Angzii Attackz · 1 project

nice :]

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Arianna L.
Arianna L. · 2 projects

This project is so genius!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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Anna
Anna · 1 project

This is the coolest thing ever! However, I'm too much of a nerd to destroy books, even if they are boring. XD

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SaveMeSanFrancisco
SaveMeSanFrancisco · you dont need to know, , · 18 projects

that is like the coolest thing...EVER!!!

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Bobbie*Bee*
Bobbie*Bee* · Norwalk, California, US · 11 projects

Just so amazing!
My new room has no storage what so ever so this is just perfect....to bad I just gave away all my old boring books. I will have to fit up a thrift store very soon!

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Abbie H.
Abbie H. · Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne

where are the alternate instructions?? am i just missing something obvious!

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Ksew
Ksew · Novokuznetsk, Kemerovskaya oblast, RU · 21 projects

awesome!

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VegeEm H.
VegeEm H.

You just solved my problems

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