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Our pal Jimmy DiResta just posted this video of him creating a hiding place for a handgun inside of an old hardbound book. We’ve covered these book safes in the past, usually made by cutting out the hiding compartment with the book still intact. Jimmy disbinds the book, creates a cutting jig, and then cuts the shape out on a bandsaw. He used this to create a gun “safe,” you can obviously cut out any shape you want. Mister Di gets extra style points for using a book entitled Security Analysis.

Jimmy Diresta on YouTube


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • markneu

    I’m not knowledgeable about guns but is pulling it out by tugging around inside the trigger guard the best way to handle this? Might be better to sacrifice an exact outline and give yourself some convenient gripping spots rather than risk pulling the trigger.

  • Timothy Gray

    IT should have been cut out larger in a couple of places for finger grabs. I would have also cut out larger to fit felt in around the gun to protect the finish. Still a lot easier way of making the gun book. Although I cringed a lot when he was poking fringers near the band saw blade.. safety first!

  • Andrew

    It would be funny to use Hemingways “A farewell to arms” as the sacrificed book

  • Phil Criswell

    watching this sped up freaks me out! Kept thinking he was gonna cut himself. this is hella cool.

  • jonathan peterson

    Gonna need a specialized gun that doesn’t require a thumb or forefinger to operate if he keeps sticking his fingers within 1/2″ or less of the blade to remove waste bits. made me just CRINGE.