Secret Hiding Place

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Project by miles125 posted 11-18-2008 02:20 PM 4491 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always been intrigued by secret hiding places. I’m so bad in fact, that i’m officially leaving it up to my fellow lumberjocks to alert my relatives not to give anything to Goodwill without close inspection should i meet an untimely demise.

I started out trying to cut this books pages with my razor knife. Well…....That was ridiculously and painstakingly slow. So i ended up getting out my old trusty Bosch jigsaw. Even THAT was a chore! I had no idea how cutting a books pages would rival the task of cutting 8/4 Rock Maple. Maple is probably easier since it doesnt tend to wiggle around while gnawing the teeth off the blade.

The box is a fairly simple Spanish Cedar one. I used 3 penny finish nails for the hinges. I figured no bottom to the box would give me more depth. So the bottom edges of the box are glued straight to the books rear cover.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-18-2008 03:14 PM

Neat! Looks just the size for $100 bills. Now if the economy would just get to the place where a fellow had one to hide…............... and your wife doesn’t donate it to Good Will.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-18-2008 03:19 PM

Hello Miles

Nice job on the cut out I’m sure it was not easy. I wonder how many books are out there about making furniture with “false” fronts and whatnots. Maybe like the desk in national treasure. I often thought that would be a niche market and fun to make. Just hiding money or perparing for a good bame of clue???


-- J. Jacobson, Rockford Illinois,

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#3 posted 11-18-2008 03:32 PM

I have always liked this idea but thought cutting the pages would be difficult.
Yah… looks difficult

You need a list of all your hiding places!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 11-18-2008 04:07 PM

I made a hiding spot like that once….to make it easier to cut and keep uniform I put a piece of wax paper about 20 pages into the book, leaving about an inch around the edges of the page.
And then used white glue thinned down just a little bit on the edges after clamping the book between two pieces of wood to keep the pages from wrinkling. After a few hours unclamped the book and it looked perfect, it sat next to my arm chair.
They make great hiding spots!
Yours should do the trick, nice job.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 11-18-2008 04:23 PM

I hope you were smart enough to throw us off the track by showing a photo of a book that is not the actual one with the hiding place inside. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-18-2008 04:27 PM

Thos you got that right sir. Aint much to put in it nowadays.

I was actually thinking about giving this to a friend in Michigan I’m flying up to visit for Thanksgiving. Any bets on whether this thing going through xray will get me pulled aside and wanded? Ummmm…I think it pretty much guarantees it. Maybe i should put some mysterious looking microfilm in it to really get em going. Nahhhh. I’d rather not spend the night at the Atlanta airport.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 11-18-2008 04:34 PM

Charlie you are more coniving than i suspected. Wish i’d thought of that first!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 11-18-2008 05:07 PM

It’s not a secret any more.

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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#9 posted 11-18-2008 05:42 PM

Very neat idea.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 11-18-2008 06:08 PM

I’ve seen it done like jimthecarver said, you then methodically cut the pages out with a straight edge and a razor. Had that on my to do list a long time. Yours looks great.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 11-18-2008 09:38 PM

Just some advice if you got a fretsaw.Cut two pieces of 3mm ply the size of the pages,fold the top and bottom page away and use maskingtape to hold the pages between the ply.Drill a hole through and cut with the saw like you do stack or multilayer cutting.

-- Johan, South Africa,

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#12 posted 11-19-2008 12:28 AM

Nice one Miles. What was your address again, seem to have forgotten?. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 11-19-2008 01:25 AM

Which came first , the box or the page cutting ? LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 11-19-2008 04:39 PM

Back in my old drinking days, I should say, the hunting season after I sobered up in 86, I was cleaning my shotgun the night before the season opener, which was tradition at my house, well I shoved a ramrod down the barrel of my shotgun with a brush and out popped three $100.00 dollar bills. I don’t think I need any hiding places for valuables or at least I hadn’t better, so my wife says.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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