An unreasonable number of one-handed book holders

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Project by charlie posted 03-28-2020 09:17 AM 673 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ll be updating this project as I have lots of scraps to go through.

I made some one-handed book holders – you put your thumb in the hole, and it splays the pages open. Not my original idea, it’s from the 1800s as far as I can tell.

What started as a small, quick present for my neighbours has become a project on its own to make one-handed book holders out of as many timbers as I can get my hands on. It’s good education on shaping wood, using (and cleaning) rasps, and experiencing many different timbers and how to work them.

First pic:

Back row: Purple heart, Western red cedar, jarrah, NZ red beech, totara, redwood, mystery mahogany, NZ white beech, rimu, European beech, Douglas fir, Lebanese cedar, rewarewa, Tasmanian blackwood, walnut, kowhai, elm

Front row: Red oak, white oak, Spanish chestnut, NZ kauri, Yunnan poplar, macrocarpa, matai, Eucalyptus obliqua, pine ply (lol), lemon, poplar, Japanese cedar, silver barked birch, Lawson cypress, Osage orange, smoke tree

Not pictured (yet): Banksia, rata, kwalia, NZ black maire, plum wood, London plane, silky oak, Eucalyptus regnans, American hard white maple.

Expanded collection (4th pic):

Back row: Tasmanian blackwood, pohutukawa, jarrah, NZ rātā, totara, NZ red beech, NZ black beech, NZ white beech, yew, macrocarpa, rimu, Yunnan poplar, Eucalyptus obliqua, white oak, Spanish chestnut, rewarewa, NZ kauri, Douglas fir, kwalia, mahogany, Western red cedar, Banksia, purple heart
Front row: Shedwa, NZ black maire, walnut, red oak, kowhai, London plane, elm, Lebanese cedar, plum wood, silk tree, Osage orange, Lawson cypress, Japanese cedar, kahikatea, lemon wood, poplar, pine ply (LOL), silver barked birch, American ash, hard white maple, Eucalyptus regnans, silky oak, European beech, matai, Melia azederach, mystery pink mahogany, redwood.
Not pictured: Pacific kauri, camphor, mystery eucalypt, pear wood, NZ hard beech.

I’ve got the following timber scraps just waiting for me to transform them!

-- unplugged in NZ

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#1 posted 03-28-2020 09:24 AM

Those could be very useful now, when everybody are in house reading books….look great with those various woods colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-28-2020 09:33 AM

Thanks friend. Gotta keep busy in quarantine! (New Zealand is under very strict lockdown)

-- unplugged in NZ

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#3 posted 03-29-2020 01:28 AM

I’ve made a few of these (not as many as you, though!). They make great gifts for the bookworms or the people that hard to buy for. Great job!

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#4 posted 03-29-2020 01:35 AM

Quite a collection. Cool way to learn about each of the woods and quite useful.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 03-29-2020 02:41 PM

Great way to use those exotics and make show pieces. You are a machine!

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