Urban Survival Day 36 – Stash Valuables in a Book

Posted: March 29, 2013 in Survival/Self Defense
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The weekend is here and today was beautiful.  The weather is going to be good for the next few days so hopefully I can squeeze in some time for shooting.  Need to refresh those skills I’ve been letting wither away.  Anyway, here’s a great indoor project you could do on a day when the weather isn’t that great:

36)  Stash Valuables in a Book

Smugglers have been hollowing out books for as long as books have been around.  After all, what cop would pause and read those dictionaries you have with you?  Having a “book safe” is not only a good idea, but fairly easy to do.  Besides, Hiding valuables is just as useful, if not more so, than smuggling things in them.  Urban Survival Guide, by Rich Johnson, provides some tips on creating your own hollowed-out book:

Pick a book – Choose a hardback book that blends in with other books on your shelf.  A book won’t protect your stuff if its plainly visible when you glance over the shelf.

Find where to begin:  Flip through 20 or 30 pages and pin them to the front cover of the book to hold them out of the way.

Use the right glue:  You want a glue that dries hard and remains clear.  Model car or puzzle glue should work just fine.

Apply the glue:  Use the glue to bind the pages (that haven’t been pinned to the cover) together.  The pages you bind together will be the ones you hollow out.

Let it dry:  Remove the pin you used to hold the first 20 or so pages and close the book.  Put it in a vice or under a heavy object to press the pages together firmly.  Leave it at least 24 hours to ensure a proper bond.

Start cutting:  Open the book and measure/mark the area you want to hollow out on the section of pages that have been glued together.  Use a razor (or other cutting tool) to remove the part of the book you marked.

If you’re not a do-it-yourself kind of person, hollowed out books are available online and are fairly cheap.  I would probably make my own just to save a few bucks though, but that’s just me.

Do you have any book safes of your own?  If so, what do you keep in them?

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