Holy Bible Jewelry Box

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Project by Tennessee posted 03-31-2013 07:27 PM 2222 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife brought a cross down to the shop and asked if I could build a box shaped like the cross. Somehow, I could not get the dimensions where I wanted them, but then I looked at my bench one day, and there was the resin cross lying on a rectangular piece of wood, and it hit me, Bible!

The front is bubinga, the back is african mahogany. The “binding” wood is bloodwood, kind of using scraps again. Actually didn’t think it would come out this nice. Wooden hinges are bubinga. The inner woods are two layers of white oak sandwiching a piece of not so nice pecan I had lying around.
The size is 9X12X3.5 inches.
There are seven drawers, the middle one being long enough to hold bracelets, six of them, and the holder is installed in the drawer and made of marblewood, another piece of scrap lying around. Since I wanted to use as much of the thickness as possible for the drawers, I put in the finger cutouts, instead of handles which would have made the drawers shallower. I just sanded them in using my HF drum sander. The drawers are about 67MM front to back, or 2 9/16”, give or take. They are all lined with bright red felt.

I took the time to lightly glaze brush the lighter woods on the outside with gold metallic acrylic paint, to simulate gold pages as would be on an upper class bible.
I actually had in mind the one that Harrison Ford used in the first Indiana Jones movie, when he showed the Arc of The Covenant to those FBI guys in the movie. Brass latches and big hinges and all that.

It is finished in four coats of spray lacquer, buffed with 0000 steel wool and paste waxed to knock down the shine just a little. It has felt feet. I plan on displaying it since I took some space in an antique/artisan showroom here locally, and this will go in with a lot of other things. Thanks for lookin’, and as always, copy it if you want!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 07:52 PM

I like the box concept (neat idea on the Bible take-off), and I LOVE the hinges.
But as for my personal taste I’m not a big fan of the latches you used. (Not that my opinion counts, it’s YOUR box after all) LOL

Nice Bible box!

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 09:28 PM

Nice build. Classy looking.

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 09:39 PM

very unique. Good job

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#4 posted 03-31-2013 09:43 PM

A pearl of great price.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 10:10 PM

Joe in Tennessee – I would agree with you on the latches, I tried to fit other types. Unfortunately the overlap of the lid and back kept me from using what I really wanted, which was a more older looking type, sort of victorian style. I bought them, but could not make them get around the lip of the top to lock down. So I am stuck with what is essentially a guitarcase latch. I do keep about three types, and only this one made the fit. Other than that, in real life, it looks right. I did think about buffing the brass – maybe I should have. These are minor things that make or break a project. Minutes in work, huge dollars in the end.
Thanks for looking, and for the comments!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 02:45 AM

Hinges are awesome. So is Jesus.

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 06:28 PM

Beautiful work. But I bet your wife is bummed that she “lost” her cross to the art showroom…

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 09:06 PM

Wonderful box! Like the unique and interesting design especially the hinges and the 7 drawers. Great job and great use of scraps.


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