What are book safes? They're a clever way of hiding stuff in plain sight. They're real books that have been hollowed out and glued together, turning each one into a special box. They're useful in your own home and they make great gifts.
They are currently available at Cottage Crafts Boutique in San Jose, and at various future craft shows in the South Bay.
I take damaged stock from used book stores, overstocked inventory from libraries, and leftover collections from estate sales, and turn unwanted books into something useful. The volumes that no one will pick up at library sales become book safes that no one will pick up in your home. I make hardcovers (pictured directly above), hardcovers with dust jackets and hidden magnets (seen at the top), and stacked book boxes (seen below). I also make bookmarks and jewelry out of pages cut from the books.
I love making book safes and I encourage other people to try making their own! I've made new tutorials for all my methods, including my brand-new procedure for making stacked book boxes, as seen above. Visit my other website HowToMakeABookSafe.com for instructions for both scroll-sawed and hand-made book safes.
I purchase all the materials I can from US manufacturers: glue, bags, scroll saw blades, metal bookmark blanks, tassels, and more. If you'd like to know the names of any of my suppliers, feel free to drop me a line, and if you have any suggestions for US-made pendant blanks, pendant cords, or magnets, please let me know!