Custom Photo Album

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Project by DRStevick posted 01-20-2013 10:51 PM 1340 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A close friend passed away this week, and some of his friends and I wanted to put together some pictures for his family. We decided that we wanted to build a nice photo album to put them in, and I came up with this.

We started out with a 3-ring binder, and drilled out the binder portion, leaving just the metal rings. The spine of the original binder was 3”, so that set the width of the spine for our album. Then, we measured the album pages that we found, and made the front and back cover approximately 1” taller and 1” wider than the pages. The covers are 14” tall and 7.5” wide.

The cover is made of Koa, Purpleheart, and Teak. The teak is actually a piece of decking from the USS MISSOURI that the deceased was given for doing some volunteer work on the MISSOURI. All of the pieces started out as 4/4; we used the bandsaw and planer to resaw to 3/8”, then edge-glued the strips of wood. The spine is 3/8” Koa.

We cut a piano hinge to 13”, then used a 1/16” straight router bit to cut a stopped groove for the hinges, and glued the hinges in place. The metal rings from the original binder were centered on the spine, and we drilled two counter-sunk holes to mount the rings with #8 X 1/2” brass bolts and nuts.

Finishe sanded to 320 grit, and 2 coats of Danish Oil.

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 01:13 AM

That is so awesome looking. Much like something you’d find from the movies. Locked securely in a very secluded place, within holds a sacred tomb. Well I supposed its purpose is that of a sacred tomb after all. Either way very nicely done. My condolences for your friend, and their family.

-- If you learn a lot from your mistakes then I must be a freakin' genius!

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 03:47 AM

I’ve always wanted to do this. It’s a great idea and what a nice way to remember a friend and nice that the wood has it’s own history as part of your friends life.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 04:08 AM

I like it great job.

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