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Topic: Book Safes-Because "Love Means Needing a Good Place to Hide Stuff"  (Read 6803 times)
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McJulie-O
« on: February 13, 2008 12:52:28 PM »

Because "Being in Love Means Needing a Good Place to Hide Stuff"- and a book safe is a very good place.

Here are my versions:
They start out looking like this on the outside (and stay looking like this on the outside):


Cut with a bandsaw and either painted on the inside, or lined with scrapbook paper.










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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008 12:56:06 PM »

i love cutout books Smiley
yours are veryyyy awesome nice job!
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008 12:58:23 PM »

A bandsaw!  It's genius! Why didn't I think of that?  I've only once ever tried to make one of these and it looks terrible from using a utility knife to cut a little section of pages at a time.  I don't, of course, have a bandsaw, but I know someone who does.  How did you keep all the pages together?
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008 12:59:15 PM »

That is waaaaaaaay cool! I've always wanted one of those books where there's a "secret compartment" in it. It makes me feel like a spy or that I'm sneaky and clever. xD Those are great!! Awesome job!
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2008 01:05:21 PM »

Those are super fun!
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2008 01:09:18 PM »

This is great. I've been looking for bookends for my brother for ages, and I think I may just have to try this idea. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2008 01:12:46 PM »

i hear that a dremel works fabulously for cutting out middles, too...

i really like the heart shaped ones Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2008 01:40:46 PM »


  How did you keep all the pages together?

I used to use gorilla glue applied to just the inside cut edges because gorilla glue expands when exposed to the moisture in the air and it would swell to fill all the spaces between the pages' edges, but it's a little hard to work with and I kept making a bigger mess than I wanted to, so I've just switched to a diluted form of carpenter's glue brushed on those same inside edges... there's a little bit of swelling from the paper+ moisture interaction but if I use waxed paper to keep from gluing the whole thing closed ( Tongue), I can clamp it shut to minimize any warping that might take place.

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2008 01:57:02 PM »

Great tips!  I always forget that about Gorilla glue. 

How do you keep them together in the saw?  Do you bend the back and front covers all the way back?  I already have a dremel tool, but I LOVE using big power tools and miss it since I don't have much access to them or room to use the ones I do have.
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McJulie-O
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2008 01:58:35 PM »

There are some of the NON Valentine versions of the celebrated Book Safes at this thread (because even if you've sworn off love FOREVER  Roll Eyes , you STILL might need a cool place to hide stuff!!):

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227312.msg2464829#msg2464829
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