Bible box for a friend

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Project by lateralus819 posted 06-15-2014 01:39 PM 1241 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all, here is a newly completed project i just finished for a wonderful friend of mine.

Her husband approached me at work, asking if I’d be interested in making a box for her family bible, i happily obliged!

She’s such a sweet woman. Very kind and down to earth, she has been sick for a long while, battling different ailments, and being put on disability. Shes been looking forward to this for a long time, and said she couldn’t believe how nice it was and how shes been keeping her bible in a cardboard box. I told her not anymore!

The box is made from Curly Maple, African mahogany, Ebony and Yellow heart.

The whole box is sculpted, with radius’ sides, which took forever! The lid is made in a similar manner as a raised panel, just not as drastic.

The inlay in the top was done with a dremel, and filled with glitter and CA glue, then sanded back.

The hinges were a wicked PITA, took me a few iterations to get it just right. The pins are ebony. As is part of the lid lift.

The inside is lined with Suede, as well as the straps which my wife made. She always made a nice pillow for the bottom.

It is finished with Danish oil, and beeswax.

Very fun project, and very rewarding also. To see the look of pure happiness on her face made my day. Even her husband was very happy as he said she doesn’t have much to look forward to these days.

Her brother has recently passed, and the cross latching the bible was his. Thats what i got the idea for it anyways..

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#1 posted 06-15-2014 02:34 PM

Geez Kevin, I thought you were a tool guy only… That’s beautiful.

Nice work. Did you free hand the hands using a dremel, or did you make a template and route it?

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 06-15-2014 02:46 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 06-15-2014 03:11 PM

Thanks guys. Not just a tool guy here, merely just a means to an end, and have developed an addiction on the way.

I used the Inkjet transfer method to apply the initial outline, then used a ball end mill with a dremel to engrave it, took a bit of figuring to get it deep enough. After the CA is applied, it needs to be scraped and sanded. Had to deepend some grooves here and there.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 10:43 PM

i really like how you made the hinges out of wood. impressive craftsmanship!

Iron Sides

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#5 posted 06-16-2014 12:03 AM

Really nice work sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 02:10 AM

great job, an heirloom for sure.

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 11:23 AM

Very nice, I’m going to try the glitter for contrast.
Sure it made her happy

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 12:16 PM

This is a great looking box as well as a lovely gesture. You’ve got heart, Kevin. As do so many woodworkers.

Well done!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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