Bedside table bookmark

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Project by Charlie Kilian posted 10-08-2017 10:37 PM 1562 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A bookmark shelf perfect for a bedside table. Set the book across the shelf open to the page you’re on (see the last picture for an example). It holds your place while displaying your book at the same time, without breaking the book’s spine. I made it as a gift for a friend who is a librarian.

Mahogany with inlaid holly stringing. Finished with shellac.

This is my first attempt at inlay/stringing, it definitely got better as I went along. I cut the channels for the holly with a trim router. I tried using my Dremel in a Dremel router base attachment first, but it seemed to be stressing the motor too much, so I switched to the trim router. I’ve since seen that lots of people use the Dremel for this task; I might give it a try again next time.

It was smoothed and leveled it with a card scraper. I didn’t use any sanding because I didn’t want the mahogany dust to get into potentially tiny and previously invisible gaps in the holly grain, or get holly dust in the open grain of the mahogany.

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#1 posted 10-09-2017 12:33 AM

Haven’t seen this style of bookmark before – neat idea! Nice work on your inlays.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 02:16 AM

Love the idea! May have to make one for myself

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 04:59 PM

This is a very creative idea. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 10-09-2017 06:34 PM

How does my iPad sit on there?

-- Jim, Michigan

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#5 posted 10-09-2017 08:28 PM

Unique Idea. Well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-09-2017 09:45 PM

That’s a beautiful bookmark stand—the mahogany looks great, and I love the inlay!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 10-10-2017 12:43 PM

I usualy simplify that with piece of paper mark, but this looks just awesome and very practical.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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