Book Box

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Project by ScottinVa posted 06-02-2014 11:13 PM 1807 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a wooden box to follow the appearance of a book. Based on the idea from Steve Ramsey posted here and combined with a few of my own – notably the use of Baltic Birch for the “pages”.

The wood is Jatoba with Baltic Birch used inside to try and create the effect of pages in a book. The backing of the compartment is leather from a swatch from Micheal’s craft store & the hinge is a 1/8th inch aluminum rod ordered from Lowes. Bought some rare earth magnets for the closure from Amazon, and could definitely have gone smaller there – the holding power of two of these is considerable.

The finish is Danish oil sanded wet with the oil to 600 grit.

When I first saw the project, I thought it would be easy – hey it’s just a box, right? Well as a beginning woodworker, it was full of challenges. I learned a lot and made (IMHO) a beautiful thing. Jatoba is hard as hell, but wow does it look beautiful with the very simple & hard to screw up Danish oil application.

I wanted to apply the oil before the glue up. That left me with a piece of wood that might not hold glue. I used acetone to carefully wipe finish away from where the birch would sit, and used Nexabond 2500 glue because I read somewhere it performed well with oily woods. I think it will hold without issue.

It was a pain to do without a proper workbench, and I think I have caught the Roubo fever – so it looks like that will be my next project.

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 01:13 AM

good looking project and fun read.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 01:23 AM

Very nice project. Great idea with plywood for the pages.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 03:35 AM

Nice comments, nice project. You go!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 03:55 AM

Nice build. Great idea.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 05:08 AM

Now that’s what I’m talking about. This is the step between craftsman and artist. The idea is great, I saw the ones Steve posted too but decided not to tackle that project until I had plenty of time. I’m pretty sure I can make something like this but I am not really sure how to go about it. Wood I got, tools too many but smarts may be my downfall. Kudos for trying and congrats on excellent results. Thanks for posting. I got to go back and see what else is on your gallery.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 09:20 AM

Great work, nice finish.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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