Seven hardcover Harry Potter books – the entire series – get cut out by hand in order to create a hollow book stack box. Once they are cut out, before I glue them all together, I put on a couple layers of glue to each one, do further detail trimming and let them dry all the way. They sit around my studio like hollow shells for awhile and are actually kind of fun to play around with because they just don’t feel like books any more. They are something new already, even in this in-between stage. Once I am done playing with them, and am ready to get down to the business of gluing them together, I carefully align them and go to work gluing the stack together one by one. I make sure I keep it aligned as I go and add glue along the inside while it’s easy to reach. To dry, I press the books for hours using – you guessed it! – other heavy books, which I have plenty of.
I use simple hand tools: utility knife and #2 blades, a snap-off knife, glue that dries clear, and basic tools like a paint brush, pencil, and ruler.
To finish the massive book box I like to put decorative paper or a sheet of real cork in the bottom of the stash spot. Installing magnets in the cover and the ridge of the pages is also an option that I complete during the finishing stages. I add many layers of glue to the inside of the books so they are strong.
One of the main ways these Harry Potter stack boxes have been used by customers so far is in their weddings, as a card box. At least initially. With such a large stash space this box can hold quite a variety of things!
There are a few tricks I have up my sleeve as to how I control my glue so it’s not all over the place and how I hold the books as I cut them, which I may share at a later date, but for now I’m thinking that I don’t need to geek out that far to keep you interested. It’s a process that I have developed and honed over 5 years. I am excited to share more through my blog about what I enjoy doing and what kind of process I go through to get there. I’m always very driven at the beginning of a project to reach the end of it but enjoy all of the time along the way. I hope you enjoyed this window into the Harry Potter 7 Book Stack Box Booksafe‘s creation!