These days, everyone is sitting at home whenever possible. And if you’re a bookish person like I am, you have perhaps been sifting through your books, deciding which to keep and which you can release back into the world for someone else to find and love. While we may not be able to create the secret passage bookshelf of our dreams at the moment, there’s a more attainable secret project sitting in that pile of books waiting for the local donation store to open up. So grab a hardback from the pile, a few things from around the house, and let’s learn how to hollow out a book together!
HOW TO HOLLOW OUT A BOOK
There are many, many how-tos for this process available with a Google search. I have cobbled together several and added a step or two to assuage my own penchant for clean lines and finishes.
YOU WILL NEED
-A hardcover book
-Newspaper for covering the book and also for keeping the counter clean
-Waxed paper (not pictured)
-Tape—painter’s, Scotch, masking; anything but duct (not pictured)
-A pen or pencil
-A craft knife of some kind (I’m using an X-Acto)
-A small bowl
-A drill and your smallest drill bit (optional)
-12″ of ribbon, cut in half (optional)
STEP 1: PREPARE YOUR BOOK
Cover the covers of your book, plus a few pages from the front of the text, with newspaper. Tape a piece of waxed paper between the covers and the main set of pages—this will keep them from sticking to the newspaper when you begin gluing.
Remember book covers from high school? Just like that!
Save the frontispiece and 1–2 pages at the front of the book. Tuck them inside the temporary book cover.