Bookcase... or book case... er.. box.

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Project by Matt posted 05-08-2016 03:09 AM 1413 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun little project I did as a mother’s day present for my wife. She’s a real bibliophile, so it seemed appropriate. The “book” is made from walnut I resawed on my band saw and some white cedar I had left over from another project. The “cover” is held in place with a small stop on the underside of the lid. Pretty simple.

I hand planed everything flush after glue up so it is difficult to tell there is a seem. I’m pretty happy with that.

The finish is just a rubbed on wax – I needed something fast and easy and wax seemed appropriate to the task.

This was the first time I did really tried resawing… it didn’t go so well… I need to spend some time to invest in a fence for the band saw.

-- I do this for fun.

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#1 posted 05-08-2016 04:16 AM

That’s a really cool idea! I’m sure she’ll love it.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 05-08-2016 05:29 AM

Matt you did a beautiful job on that book … case!
I remember seeing real books carved out to hold of sort of things: i.e. flasks, revolvers, and crosses.

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#3 posted 05-08-2016 08:04 PM

Thanks guys! It was a fun little project to throw together.

I need to work on a proper fence from my band saw. My resawn walnut was pretty badly tapered. I think I’m starting to understand the difference between a cheap band saw and a good one. (mine is a 1980’s sears craftsman that flexes visibly.

-- I do this for fun.

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