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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 is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. markneu says:

    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.

  2. Timothy Gray says:

    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!

  3. Andrew says:

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

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

  5. 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.

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