You can understand why I'm not showing you a picture. Plus, it really is a shoddy piece of work.
Not to be deterred, or perhaps in denial, I made another book safe to give to a friend. I remember that it came out slightly better than my first attempt, but it was still rough. But because I have high self-esteem and understanding friends, I sent it anyway. Maybe she still has it on her shelf, where she stashes an old love letter, a keychain, and a two dollar bill. Or maybe she tossed it into the street, where someone else picked it up and noticed that it was badly constructed, but definitely good enough for something that was found on the street.
I had given up on book safes, because it seemed like I was terrible at making them. Until a couple weeks ago, when Josh purged from his library an old book that was mediocre in the writing but rather lovely in the binding. It was a good size for a book safe, and it was the kind of book that a curious browser would not pull off the shelf to flip through. I saved it from the Goodwill pile by putting it in the pile of books to be ripped apart.
Guys, I was so careful. Previously, I had used a box cutter to cut out the pages, but this time, I went with my trusty exacto knife, which had seen me through so many difficult wedding-related craftwork. And I cut fewer pages at a time, decreasing the incidence of ragged edges. Then finally the glue step, which had always been my problem area before. I have to confess that it was still problematic this time, but again not terrible. Definitely still good enough to pick up off the street, and possibly even good enough to fish out of the free bin on the curb (or maybe that's worse? I haven't thought through this ratings system very well).
Book Safe Tutorial
But this one is for my niece, who graduated from high school this week and is college-bound in the fall. Every college student should have a little hidey-hole, where she can keep things secret from prying roommates and nosy RAs.
She won't be able to hide anything from her aunt, though. Or anyone who reads her aunt's blog.