For those of us that still read books

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Project by Arcola60 posted 12-20-2018 09:05 PM 1114 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone!
I have been out of pocket for a while. I felt compelled to do something!
I made these page markers for some quick Christmas gifts.
The woods used: Paduke, European Beech, Black Walnut, Cherry, and Maple.
It felt good to be back in the shop again.

Ellery Becnel

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 09:07 PM

Very nice and great idea.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 12-20-2018 09:41 PM

Beautifully done, I like them!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 12-20-2018 11:50 PM

Thank you Andy, and Jerry! I really appreciate the kind words.
It felt great to be back in the shop.
The dimensions are: 3/4” X 6” long X just under 1/8” thick.
I feathered the sides so that the pages can lay flat.
The finish is a coat of mineral oil.
I had some 2” X 12” turning squares that i ripped down.
Any scraps will work just fine for this. a good use for cut offs.
I hate wasting good hardwoods.
I found the mini tassels @ Hobby Lobby.

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#4 posted 12-21-2018 12:29 AM

A Great project idea and a great gift for any book lover. I hope you won’t mind some constructive criticism. My only concern is the mineral oil (I have a degree in Archives Administration and have experience with book and paper conservation). All wood contains lignin which can react with the chemicals in paper to cause discoloration – and mineral oil will not seal the wood well enough to prevent that (in fact the mineral oil could also stain the paper and some inks are oil based so it might cause smearing). Of course if the bookmarks are moved frequently this is unlikely to cause problems but in my professional opinion a better choice for durability and to protect the books would have been poly. These really are beautiful bookmarks and I hope they get a lot of use. Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 12-21-2018 12:51 AM

I never considered that. Thank you for the information.
I made these two years ago and used mineral oil.
I spoke with the recipients this past weekend. They all are
using them regularly. No mention of any issues.
I use mineral oil on my cutting boards. I just assumed it
would be a safe finish.

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#6 posted 12-22-2018 08:12 AM

I read a lot. Got into that habit while on submarines in the 60s. Can’t jump into the car and go to the store, so reading and swapping books was a high priority. I like your design – even the tassel. I would not have considered the oil potential problem with the oil either. So when I make some, I’ll remember to use poly. Thanks for posting.

-- DonB

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#7 posted 12-22-2018 02:57 PM

Wow! great idea! There beautiful.

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#8 posted 12-22-2018 03:51 PM

These look great a very nice unique gift, nice work.


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