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Wylie, Texas, United States
2008
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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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Instructions

  1. Step 1 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.

  2. Step 2 2

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

  3. Step 3 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!

  4. Step 4 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.

  5. Step 5 5

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

  6. Step 6 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!




  7. Step 7 7

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

  8. Step 8 8

    ...screw the book in place...

  9. Step 9 9

    ...hotglue the bottom flap shut...

  10. Step 10 10

    ...and hide all of your goodies :P

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