I need advise on making a wooden photo album

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Blog entry by geebus posted 09-21-2011 10:40 AM 3714 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,
this is my first blog posting-ever- and I hope I can get some good feedback/ideas.
I have been on this site for a few years and I hope to utilize some of the amazing woodworking
artists here.
I want to make a few wooden photo albums for christmas to give to my family. I am going to
put a compilation of our family geneology into it.

I am wondiering if anyone else has made one and wouldnt mind sharing some ideas with me.

Any input, picts, ideas, anything would be appreciated.

-- measure once cut twice, not what I always say but usually do!

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 01:55 PM

I’ve never made anything like that, but you might visit a scrapbook store and see what ideas are generated in your mind.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 04:15 PM

I made a photo album a couple years ago but wasn’t happy with the results so it is kept in my shop. I got the idea from one of the woodwork magazines but can’t remember which one.

It is made with plywood and I laminated some (I think) mahogany overtop. The edges of the plywood were sanded and painted black. Super small hinges were from Lee Valley, picture insert and the posts were from the scrap book store. I painted the hinges and posts black, the brass stood out too much. I cut the wood where the posts are too small and the picture insert pages actually stick out past the end of the album, I trimmed them down but it still doesn’t look right.

Anyway it would be a nice gift and maybe I’ll try again. Good luck with your project. Sorry the photos aren’t that good I took them with my phone.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#3 posted 09-22-2011 06:08 PM

I have found that the most important thing to remember is that the pages should lay flat when the book is open (the same as a three ring binder). This makes viewing the pages much easier. I put each page in a vinyl sheet protector which also allows very narrow edge margins and therefore a larger area for the text and photos.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 10:56 PM

I know that this is a fairly old question, but I just posted a project that I was working on this weekend…

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