Basic InstructionsAdvanced InstructionsOther Methods

My Basic and Advanced Instructions can all be done without power tools, but in case you have them, you can explore some other great ways to make a hollow book safe. These are the best tutorials I found on the internet, with the pros, cons, and equipment summarized so that you can pick which one is right for you.

Hole Saw Quickie

LINK: "How to make a book safe #2"
VIDEO BY: Mandlize
OVERVIEW: Use a power drill with a hole saw bit to punch out round shapes.
DIFFICULTY: Easy
YOU'LL NEED: Power drill, hole saw bit, wood boards, and clamps.
PROS: It's fast, it can make fun shapes, and it leaves clean cuts on the inside. Plus, you don't need box cutter or X-Acto knife, and there's no measuring involved.
CONS: Since you make a series of holes, you can't get straight edges or a box-shaped cavity.
NOTES: He recommends using rubber cement for the glue, which almost no one else does. Not sure how well this works.

Using an Oscillating Saw

LINK: "Secret Hollowed-Out Book Safe" (PDF)
GUIDE BY: Make Magazine
OVERVIEW: Cut out the pages with a power tool instead of by hand
DIFFICULTY: Medium
YOU'LL NEED: Oscillating saw (aka a multifunction power tool), clamps, X-Acto knife, metal ruler, glue and brush, goggles.
PROS: Fast method that can get you unique shapes.
CONS: You need a multi-tool and clamps.


Using a Scroll Saw or Jigsaw

LINK: "Making a Book Safe"
GUIDE BY: RollingHitch
OVERVIEW: Use a scroll saw or jigsaw to cut out square or custom-shaped cavities.
DIFFICULTY: Medium
YOU'LL NEED: A scroll saw or jigsaw, clamps, a power drill, backer boards, hammer and nails.
PROS: A fast process that can make more precise custom shapes than you can get with the above multi-tool method.
CONS: You need a scroll saw or jigsaw.

For the Master Craftsman

LINK: "How to Make A Book Safe"
VIDEO BY: RefinedPallet
OVERVIEW: 3-part, 35-minute tutorial to make a top-notch, high quality book safe.
DIFFICULTY: High
YOU'LL NEED: X-Acto knife, metal ruler, glue and brush, spray adhesive, painter's tape, wax paper, fiber board, nail gun, power drill, scroll saw and table saw.
PROS: Creates a professional-quality book safe.
CONS: Lots of skills and materials needed.
NOTES: These videos will teach you how to make a high quality, rounded corner cavity with a scroll saw. His method involved reinforcing the pages with nails, which reduces the need for thick glue to hold the book together.

Bonus: Videos for Scroll Saw Tips and Tricks

CHANNEL: Mustache Mike's Scroll Saw Tips
VIDEOS BY: Stumpy Nubs's Woodworking Channel
OVERVIEW: The best way to do a book safe is with a scroll saw, full stop. But what if you haven't used one before, or haven't used one since high school woodshop? Mustache Mike has a great series on selecting blades, making turns and corners, cutting straight, and more.
DIFFICULTY: Low to high
YOU'LL NEED: Scroll saw and a variety of blades.
NOTES: In addition to general tips, he has a video to help you make a quick and basic Book Safe: "Make A Hidden Book Safe/Box Scroll Saw Project"