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Project by Chestnut Hill Woodworks posted 06-27-2018 03:17 PM 1170 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started milling my own lumber last year and it is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this craft that I have experienced yet. Recently I began breaking down some Dawn Redwood logs that I obtained when we renovated our home and had to take down a 100’ tree that was too close to the house. The boards I am making are going to be for a few garden boxes, but I received an order for 15 bookmarks for a local author to give away with her latest book release. Some of the cutoff pieces of the garden box project had some great grain, so I decided to use those not only because I knew they would look good but because I hate to see any good project wood go to waste.

I picked out some good sections, re-sawed some boards to rough thickness, used my bandsaw, planer, and spindle sander to get the blanks, then cut out the pattern on the scroll saw and finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.

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#1 posted 06-27-2018 03:45 PM

Very nice!

-- John D, OP, KS

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#2 posted 06-27-2018 04:17 PM

I think they are excellent.

I am also a big fan of “wood rescue” too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 06-27-2018 04:44 PM

Very impressive

-- Imitating is the best form of flattery

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#4 posted 06-27-2018 04:47 PM

Nice idea!

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 06-27-2018 06:26 PM

These are very nice and beautifully done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 06-27-2018 07:53 PM

Very nice project and great job on scrolling.

Was wondering how thick are the bookmarks and do you think the Dawn Redwood will hold up. Most of the redwood I have used got pretty weak at thin thickness.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 06-27-2018 08:17 PM

Hawaiilad, I did make them a little thicker than usual and hope that the user will treat them delicately. It’s a bookmark…I don’t expect it to undergo any stresses that could cause a break. Normally I make these around .115”, but these were closer to .125” I tested them out in some books and under normal use for what they are designed I think they should be fine. Thanks for the review!

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#8 posted 06-28-2018 03:15 AM

Very Nice & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 06-28-2018 09:19 AM

Nice work! I’ll have to add this to the list of project ideas.

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.

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