Case on Stand

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Project by Alan Young posted 09-08-2015 06:43 PM 1543 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Version II of a Case on Stand to display an antique bible. Made from Mahogany,Gilded Moldings and Shop-made Brass details and hardware. Here is the first case I built in 2012—-

After building the first case I was informed by a Literary Preservation Specialist that the wood I used-Oak, was a bad choice for this purpose. I tried to track him down to ask further questions but couldn’t find him. I did a bit more research this time with several curators and after some discussions settled on Mahogany with UV Resistant Acrylic for the top lid as well as an inside case surrounded by more UV resistant Acrylic. Note pictures are taken without Acrylic to avoid reflections and glare

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#1 posted 09-08-2015 07:30 PM


A lot of work went into the first and subsequent cases. I would havebeen extremely frustrated, but it looks as if you put your energy in the right place. Lots of detail here and fine craftsmanship.

A great piece sir!

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#2 posted 09-08-2015 09:48 PM

Was this a copy of an antique? Pardon my ignorance.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#3 posted 09-08-2015 10:27 PM

Very nice

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#4 posted 09-08-2015 10:52 PM

BOTH are beautiful pieces. So what was wrong with the oak?

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#5 posted 09-08-2015 11:18 PM

I’m no expert on the preservation of antiquities, but I wouldn’t mind being preserved in a box like that – maybe a bit bigger.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#6 posted 09-09-2015 01:47 AM

Thanks all-
The case is my own design. I wanted the case to have the feel of an older piece to match the Bible. I used oak in the first case because that’s what the clients wanted-Oak however can off-gas acids that over time could penetrate the fibers of the Bible and bring on premature aging.

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#7 posted 09-09-2015 04:26 AM

That is an insane amount of detail and work, amazing.

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#8 posted 09-09-2015 04:42 AM

That is amazing! What a work of art!

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#9 posted 09-10-2015 03:18 AM

What a job, hope you got a fair price for all that work

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#10 posted 09-11-2015 10:36 PM

WOWZA, a real beauty.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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