Floating Book Shelf with Hidden Compartment

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Project by Mike posted 11-30-2015 05:20 AM 3894 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in need of a little shelf to hold an alarm clock in my guest room. I decided to make one out of an old book. The difference between this and other floating books that are out there is that this one has a hidden compartment built inside! I’ve included the build video if you’re interested in making one yourself.

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-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 05:30 AM

Very interesting.

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 11:41 AM

I LOVE it!! A “book” shelf. Good thinking and nice work on it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 12:32 PM

Pretty cool.
And at least you didn’t waste a book that anybody would want to read anyway! (Running and ducking for cover)

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 01:21 PM

It’s very good looking shelf, but I’m against destroying books in such and any way.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 01:37 PM

Love it definately gonna make one for my bookworm daughter who asked for a book for Christmas. Great place to put her glasses and phone and such plus she loves little boxes and secret compartments and such.

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#6 posted 12-01-2015 12:01 AM

Thank you everyone!

Ivan – I had a hard time with the ethics on re-purposing the book. I did select this book because it was out of date by 30 years or so and had no usable accurate data left for anyone other than a historian. Also it was in a Good Will and I picked it up for $1.

Mitchell – Send me some photos of it when you’re done. I’d love to see the finished shelve.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#7 posted 12-01-2015 03:07 AM

Pretty cool.
And at least you didn t waste a book that anybody would want to read anyway! (Running and ducking for cover)

- JoeinGa


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#8 posted 12-01-2015 04:11 AM

I love it, A new meaning to “Book” Shelf

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I hope nobody misses the books I used for these legs! :>O

If anybody asks, I carved them from wood…..

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#9 posted 12-01-2015 09:29 PM

Nice project.

Majuvla, if you want to ache over mistreated books, google some time “Victor Kamkin bookstore”. It was a very nice (largest in USA) used Russian book store, that failed to pay it’s rent. They pushed all the books out with a bobcat and loaded them in dumpsters! I have no words for that.


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#10 posted 12-02-2015 03:08 PM

This is sooooooo cool.
Very well done.
Thanks for posting the video as well.

Just learned from the comments….....I always knew there were “tree huggers” who want to save the trees. But now I learned there are “book huggers” in this world too. Seems like they are polar opposites seeing that their books are made from trees.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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