Copycat of "Secret Compartment Book"

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Project by sonnyr posted 12-01-2015 05:28 PM 1861 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used LJ Jack Houweling’s idea “How to Effortlessly Make Secret Compartments in Books” (posted 11/19/15) to make a lockable compartment in a book. A scroll saw was used to cut out a cavity and a small box with a lock was built to mount inside the book. Thanks Jack for the idea, this makes a unique Christmas gift for my young grandson.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#1 posted 12-01-2015 06:15 PM

Well, I just saw the video “Floating Book Shelf with Hidden Compartment” and it details a lot of the things that I did to build this project, so I guess that I have to say I copied his ideas also. Anyway, thanks to all the LJ’s out there that have done something similar to this project. Next time I’ll do more research on a project and not try to reinvent the wheel.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 06:46 PM

Very nice work Sonnyr. By the way, thank you for watching my video (link) and referencing it. Where did you get the safe for the book?

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

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 07:03 PM

Great. Very useful idea.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 12-01-2015 08:20 PM

Mike – I purchased the cabinet lock from a local Locksmith Shop, but Home Depot has a similar lock online. The only problem with the lock is the 3/4” depth. I used 3/8” cherry for the sides and top and doubled that to get the thickness I needed for the lock’s depth. I then painted the “box” flat black.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#5 posted 12-01-2015 09:20 PM

This looks a lot easier than the utility knife method I used to make 20 of these for our kid’s club! And a lot neater. We just glued the edges of the pages together to make the cavity, the lockable safe is a neat addition.

-- To every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and completely wrong.

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#6 posted 12-02-2015 08:03 AM

Good idea!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-02-2015 07:05 PM

Great execution!

Nobody opens a dictionary anymore, so it’s well hidden.

-- Mark - Keep-On-Learnin' :)

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