Jimmy DiResta’s Bookgun Stash

Jimmy DiResta’s Bookgun Stash
YouTube player

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


10 thoughts on “Jimmy DiResta’s Bookgun Stash

  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. Phil Criswell says:

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

  5. jonathan peterson says:

    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.

Comments are closed.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

View more articles by Gareth Branwyn
Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 - Mare Island, CA

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Buy Tickets today! SAVE 15% and lock-in your preferred date(s).