Bible Box

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Project by Grumpy posted 06-30-2019 02:27 AM 1270 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend had asked me to make a box for an old bible she had. This did go on for some time until I said bring it over and I will have a look and take some measurements.
Me thinking this would be a small task that would not take long.
The small task idea faded very quickly when she brought it over.
It measures 340mmX290mmX140mm (13.4”X11.4”X5.5”). It’s very heavy and in poor condition externally but a treasure seeing it’s an 1878 edition.

I couldn’t justify a plywood case for such an item.
I ended up with a board 2.4mX200mmX25mm (7’10”X7.9”X1”) of Malaysian mahogany (Melurak) from Trend Timbers.
This is a hardwood but nice to work with.
I Boxed the joints.

and the lid was in two parts, joined using biscuits.
I dado’d a cross into the lid & and cut cedar strips to fit the slots. The centre ended up a problem because the glue grabbed the strips before they could fit in the perfect mitres I had cut. Anyway the circle was added to cover the error. Lesson learned.

Because the bible is heavy I did away with the idea of a hinged lid. I ended up making a fitted lid to lay the bible on (while the lid was upside down) & place the box over it, clamp the lid to the box and turn it upright.

Finished with several coats of wipe on poly.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 06-30-2019 02:43 AM

Wow! Very nice work, Grumpy.

I’m sure the lady will greatly appreciate your beautiful work. That is indeed a treasure of a Bible.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 06-30-2019 02:59 AM

Very nice box Tony! Love those box joints and the inlay cross.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 06-30-2019 05:38 AM

Tony, Tony,Tony. GMan. Gorgeous box. Excellent job. Very meaningful.
Shhhhhhh. No one needs to know that the you-know-what is to cover-a-mmm///?. There are no mmm///?s. Only happy accidents. This happy accident made for a perfectly appropriate addition to the motif. It is what drew my eye, immediately to the fact that there’s a cross inlaid on the top of the box.
It’s between you and me, 140,000 of your closest friends, and the fence post. No one else needs to know.

And, now, I want to make a box for Momma’s Bible. I’d never even thought of it, before. And, she’s been gone almost seven years.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 06-30-2019 06:22 AM

Nice work on this Tony and will be appreciated by the owner of the Bible. Like the box joints and the cross on the lid, a great resting place for the old Bible.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 06-30-2019 11:41 AM

Very good idea to store such valuable book. Nice box , by the way!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-30-2019 01:05 PM


Nice home for the rare book!. BTW the circle on the lid gives an impression of the seal stamp to guard the content of the box.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#7 posted 06-30-2019 01:25 PM

I must say that’s a good idea and you did a great job with it. Now you have me thinking about making one.

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

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#8 posted 06-30-2019 01:52 PM

you know after i first seen that circle i thought that is one clever idea and loved it from first i seen it then you said a mistake I personally do not think so IT was meant to be GREAT JOB :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#9 posted 06-30-2019 04:18 PM

Excellent box, Tony! WOW, 1878 Bible !!

Cheers, Jim

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 06-30-2019 05:36 PM

Beautiful work Grumpy.
Design, build and consideration of materials used all come into play.
The finished piece is spectacular and will surly become a family heirloom.
Well done my friend.

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#11 posted 06-30-2019 09:33 PM

Very impressed with your comments Jocks, much appreciated.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 06-30-2019 11:40 PM

Case in point. I just found this, minutes ago. In fountain Valley.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 07-01-2019 02:37 AM

Good one Mark

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Edward Thirlwall

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#14 posted 07-08-2019 07:25 AM

An ancient treasure deserves the most beautiful storage box you can find. Such a precious gem should definitely be given a secure box to preserve it.

-- Edward Thirlwall, Owner of:

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#15 posted 07-09-2019 01:11 AM

Thanks Edward, that’s how she sees it i’m sure.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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