Book Case/Display Easel

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Project by Reddial posted 02-07-2013 01:46 AM 1285 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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'.

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 02:16 AM

W O W ! You did a beautiful job on this. Love the design and the cherry wood is fantastic. The grain on the legs is just amazing! Very very nice and I am sure your friend is more than satisfied with this.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 02:25 AM

I especially like the versatility of your design. Always a good thing when a piece can function different ways. You did a marvelous job.. love the berry and line inlay, the collapsible kick stand, all of it. A great piece!


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#3 posted 02-07-2013 04:00 AM

Wonderful design a great looking dictionary stand,I really like the super looking details(the line and berry inlay)

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 06:28 PM

Thanks for your kind words.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 02:55 PM

Fantastic and multi-functional project. The wood and finish is beautiful. The inlay adds a special touch to it. Great job!

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 03:01 PM

This is a real nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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