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Project by Nick424 posted 12-11-2019 02:12 AM 1151 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I told my wife, Luann, I wanted to make a box that looked like a book. She jumped on that idea and we came up with a story that we wanted. I told Luann I had enough room for seven pairs of pages in the book. She chose what she wanted on each pair and did the artwork. She also wrote out the songs, but just imported the scriptures. She was afraid that she would make too many mistakes and have to start over too often. When some others saw what I was working on they wanted one too. I ended up making thirteen of them. We decided that we would give this book to her dad who is a retired pastor. Only two were gifts, the others were sold. The boxes were fairly simple to make, but the pages took a half hour to laser each one. I think that I had twice the time with the laser than I had in building.

Thanks for looking.





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#1 posted 12-11-2019 02:20 AM

So much detail. Very nice gift for your father-in-law. Is the “book” walnut? What did you use for finish?

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#2 posted 12-11-2019 02:28 AM

Beautiful book, beautiful concept and a beautiful gift.
Jon

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#3 posted 12-11-2019 02:32 AM

Yes BB1, the book is walnut with the outer “pages” being made of maple. I used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in satin. On a few of them I used OSMO in satin also. I wanted to see the difference in finishes.

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#4 posted 12-11-2019 02:32 AM

Great idea and well done!

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#5 posted 12-11-2019 02:35 AM

Beautiful, and what a clever idea.

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#6 posted 12-11-2019 05:22 AM

Beautiful design and cover!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-11-2019 06:13 AM

Nick,

The “book” turned out so nice! Thirteen books—WOW! That’s a lot of work! The wood choices are excellent.

How did you hinge the inside pages? How thin are the pages? Did you do anything special to keep the pages from warping?

Thanks for sharing such a special project.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Nick424

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#8 posted 12-11-2019 11:05 AM


Nick,

The “book” turned out so nice! Thirteen books—WOW! That s a lot of work! The wood choices are excellent.

How did you hinge the inside pages? How thin are the pages? Did you do anything special to keep the pages from warping?

Thanks for sharing such a special project.

L/W

- lightweightladylefty

The pages are maple and ended up about 3/32 after sanding. The first book was started around August and as soon as I cut and sanded the pages I gave them a coat of finish on both sides. There was no significant warping that I saw in all that time. As for the hinges, I tried several ideas, and ended up with double sided tape, 1/2” wide. The ribbon is 1 1/2 inches wide. I used the tape and folded the ends over so I would not have a frayed end on the ribbon before starting on the pages. I put the pages together and block planed the edge where the ribbon went to have a nice clean square edge. I put a piece of tape over the joint, and then one on the front and one on the back. The ribbon seemed to stay on really well.

Luann has come up with a new idea for next year. She wants to do the Easter story. Perhaps some day we will have an entire set of books

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#9 posted 12-11-2019 12:52 PM

Wonderful idea and gift! I love your wood selection and finish.

-- AJ

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#10 posted 12-11-2019 01:42 PM

You have something there. Great idea, great wood and a great finish.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 12-11-2019 05:23 PM

Nick,

Thanks for answering all my questions, especially your advice for how to prevent the warping. (I’ll try that next time I have a “thin” project, but I’ll need to move a little faster than I usually do! ;-) Projects set far too long before I get them finished.)

I do have one more question: what did you (your wife) use to make the contrasting lettering and design on the walnut? It really stands out nicely.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 12-11-2019 08:50 PM

Super idea and very creative. I can tell a lot of work went into each and not just the lettering. Thirteen, amazing. Great work!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Nick424

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#13 posted 12-11-2019 09:56 PM


Nick,

Thanks for answering all my questions, especially your advice for how to prevent the warping. (I ll try that next time I have a “thin” project, but I ll need to move a little faster than I usually do! ;-) Projects set far too long before I get them finished.)

I do have one more question: what did you (your wife) use to make the contrasting lettering and design on the walnut? It really stands out nicely.

L/W

- lightweightladylefty

I taped off the entire face of the book and made sure to rub the tape down tight before using the laser to burn in the design. Then I used gold ink to color it in.
This ink was great! It dried in just a few minutes. The important thing is to shake it up really good, and then I used an eye dropper to put a small blob on a scrap to work from. I could then use the brush to keep that blob mixed up while applying it.

It has a real sparkle in real life.

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#14 posted 12-11-2019 11:01 PM

wow, that is just amazing. I’ve always wanted to make a wooden book but to have wooden pages that has pushed it over the top. Enjoy the holidays / Joyeux noel et bonne annee from Canada

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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lightweightladylefty

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#15 posted 12-12-2019 01:42 AM

Nick,

That close-up really shows off your imprint. That was a very clever solution. Thanks for sharing all the details.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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