“The Little Library”

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Project by FiremanJim posted 09-05-2021 08:52 PM 643 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make an item for a silent auction, as part of a fundraiser for the South Texas Book Festival in McAllen. This is what I came up with.

“The Little Library”, named because the sides look like bookshelves full of books. This 208 segmented piece was quite fun, and very challenging to create.

It stands 7” tall and 5.75” in diameter. It was constructed using 208 pieces total and I utilized Zebrawood, Curly Mahogany, and Walnut. Wall thickness is .25” and the inner depth is 4”.

The finial, base and “books” are Zebrawood, the lid and concave portion of the base is the Mahogany and the “bookshelves” are Walnut. I used clear lacquer for the finish.

This is my first time making a lidded vessel and I think the lid gives the overall impression of an acorn. It was a fun project to work on.

(This project was created, donated, and ended up selling for $85 at the fundraiser two years ago. I am just now getting around to posting it.)

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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#1 posted 09-06-2021 12:08 AM

Nicely done. It does look like books on a shelf.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 09-06-2021 06:05 AM

Jim that is very cool. I love the grain on the lid and finial.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 09-06-2021 10:21 AM

very interesting and very nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 09-06-2021 01:30 PM

Nice. Love the grain and mixture of woods.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 09-06-2021 03:22 PM

What a brilliant project! The zebrawood “books” were a great idea, and the entire thing is perfectly executed.

If it sold in some specialty store, it would have priced a lot higher than $85.

-- Ron Stewart

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#6 posted 09-06-2021 04:56 PM

Thank you all. It was a great project to work on, and I learned quite a bit. If I were to do it all over again, I would change the process for cutting and re-gluing the segmented rings.

I do believe it would have fetched a higher price on the open market, but then again, it was for a library fundraiser, not for my own wallet. Ironically, the head librarian was one of main bidders, but the winning bid belonged to the very person that asked me to make it for the silent auction!

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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#7 posted 09-07-2021 02:32 PM

That is a very cool looking lidded box. Awesome job

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#8 posted 09-08-2021 01:35 AM

208 segments. That is impressive. It is a great look, and you are right, they do look like books.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 09-10-2021 06:51 PM

Very cool, great piece…Looks good…Well done….

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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