|Project by Reddial||posted 397 days ago||610 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
A friend has an heirloom family Bible which is over 200 years old. It has many hand written entries and notations about the family history. The Bible is over 4” thick when closed. 12 1/2” X 23” open. I designed and built this bookcase/display easel to properly display the Bible and at the same time provide space for other family collectables. Additionally it can be easily converted to a standard bookcase by collapsing the easel and turning the unit around.
I built the unit from solid cherry. It stands 36” high with 2 shelves and easel 13”X24”. The corner posts are 1 3/4” square and rounded with 1/2” round-over bit on a router table. Joinery is primarily mortis and tenon. A brass piano hinge runs the full length at the front of the easel. While you can see the hinge in the photo below, it is hidden by the bottom edge of the easel at normal viewing angle.
The only other hardware is another piece of piano hinge for the collapsable ‘kick stand’ that is secured out of sight by a rare earth magnet when the easel is collapsed.
The line and berry inlay on both the front and back is holly with maple, wenge, and purple heart berries. So, regardless of how the unit is used there will be inlay visable.
The finish is hand mixed oil (linceed oil, spar varnish and mineral spirits). 3 coats over 3 days sanded while oil is wet, with progressively finer wet-dry sandpaper, 320, 400, 600.
-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.