Solid Walnut Bible Box

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-07-2012 09:42 AM 4079 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of our classic bible boxes – done in solid walnut with a dogwood interlaced carving on the front panel. Very simple with wooden hinges. American black walnut. We make a few of these type boxes a year between other big projects.

Last photo is a strait angle – different box but similar pattern. We have dozens of these over the years each the same but unique!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 04:57 PM

Beautiful work! I really like the hinges, I assume they are “pinned” and that is what allows for the rotation??? Was also thinking this would look great with lightly dyed maple side (though the engraving would be tough to see) for a tiny bit of color contrast.

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 06:48 PM

I like the carving, a nice bible box.

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 11:26 PM

Added a strait view of the carving – a different but but similar carvings.

Yes – wooden pins. The hinges just rotate on the dowel very simple machine. one side is glued the other side free. You don’t have to really even glue them they will float but sometimes you have to tap them back in. Or you could go square peg into round hole and jam them into the box then slip the cleats on outside and mount the lid that way also and avoid glue.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 11:48 PM

nice carving. I like the way the box is hinged, I have not seen that style until now. Thanks for sharing.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 02:36 AM

Nice box for a worthy Book!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 04:11 AM

Eric , i am really enjoying your boxes here, the last few bible boxes are very interesting to me, im going to use your theme to make a few of my own, i have a very large collection of old antique southern yellow heart pine, that im going to tap into to make a few boxes…im wanting to challenge myself to making better boxes and am looking forward to seeing more of what you will do…i would like to add some carvings to mine and will try to do the carvings in walnut…and inlay them into the pine…i like the contrast between the two woods….thanks for some wonderful projects to look over…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 01-08-2012 06:36 AM

Contrast is fascinating, I would play with more interesting boxes if we had a few minutes of spare time. We always have piles of scrapes around we figure on turning into boxes some day.

Pending completion is gaming table we are working on now. The chess/backgammon boards are done in a combination of pear and lepardwood. Ebony boarder. With the walnut background and pending a whole array of hand hammered black iron this will be a very uniquely contrasting piece.

I have two section of life edge pear left and I am thinking of picking up some more lepard wood to make a box with. Figure I’ll use the pear ofr the base and lids kinda offbalance a little with the live edges and then square up the lepard wood as a traditional box. Someday when I get that spare few minutes!

Pine and walnut will turn out unique. I would tend to carve the walnut, not sure how yellow pine cards. I know sugar pine carves nicely.

Thanks for the feedback!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#8 posted 01-20-2012 09:35 AM

I really like how you used the knots in the lid but im the type that just loves to look of imperfection in wood grains.

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#9 posted 01-20-2012 07:36 PM

Wow, that’s a beautiful box. I love the wood and the carving is wonderful.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 01-21-2012 03:41 AM

I like anomalies and imperfection also – the natural effects in wood is what makes it interesting to me.

I’ve been playing with a design for a uniquely imperfect box with some of the “scrap” pieces of walnut random grain and knots, maybe I’ll get to starting it this weekend.

We also have two sections of Swiss Pear flitch that we saved from the gaming projects – these will be the top and bottom to a very modern tower box project we are planning.


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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