Custom Curly Sapele Veneer Photo Album

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Project by BreakingBoardom posted 12-07-2010 08:44 PM 3283 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a photo Album I made for my brother for Christmas. The center panels are some beautiful Curly Sapele Veneer on 1/4” MDF. The outer frame, made using half lap joints, I was told was redwood, but was leaning more towards Cedar maybe. Maybe someone can help identify. I bought it along with some other old wood a guy was cleaning out of his grandfathers barn. It had some square nails in some pieces and by the 20 rings or so per inch, I know it’s old growth. Anyway, the second picture shows the Sapele panel veneered before I cut the individual panels. I don’t have a vacuum press so I just stacked weights on it. The overall album is only about 8-1/2” x 11” x 2-1/2” thick. For finish I used a coat of shellac to kind of seal it followed by multiple coats of Deft Spray Lacquer. The painters tape in the 3rd pic is covering the canvas binding while I sprayed the lacquer. And my wife sewed my brother’s last name into it to make it a little more personalized. Any questions or comments feel free to ask. Thanks!

-- Matt -

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 10:30 PM

That’s really nice and that Sapele is awesome.
I was curious why you put the binder on the back rather than the middle
probably a good reason I’m missing was it glued on or did it mount with some type of fastener?

Again very nice job.


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#2 posted 12-07-2010 10:37 PM

Thanks Walt. I actually bought a cheap $5 photo album from WalMart and took the binding and the pages (enough for like 200 something pictures) out and used them on this. I figured $5 for a binding and the photo pages was pretty decent. Then I used rivets to fasten the binding to the back. The reason I put it on the back is that is how it was on the one I bought. I believe there are two types of binder rings. Round ones I believe go on the center and the D-style, like this one, I believe tend to go on the back. Instead of being round, one side is flat like the letter D. Maybe someone else might have something else to add, but I just copied how it came basically.

-- Matt -

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 01:16 AM

Good way to do it

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 02:23 AM

That album looks great. Very unique!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 02:58 AM

Pretty Cool dude.

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