Basic Instructions

How to make a book safe (aka hollow books or secret books) without power tools. You need a book, a blade, and less than an hour of your time.

Book safes may not replace an actual metal safe, but they're fun, discrete, and a great extra level of security.

Advanced Instructions

This is a collection of extra tips and techniques that will help you make a better and/or prettier book safe, no power tools required. Subjects covered include:

  • Nailing the book to make a cleaner cavity inside
  • Using magnets to hold the book safe shut.
  • Adding a background image
  • Using a paperback book
  • Adding a fabric-covered interior

Other Methods and Tutorials

If you have some power tools and woodworking equipment, you can try these techniques to make a book safe. I've gathered some of the best web and video tutorials from around the internet, from the super fast to the super elaborate.