|Project by Tennessee||posted 03-31-2013 07:27 PM||1236 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
My wife brought a cross down to the shop and asked if I could build a box shaped like the cross. Somehow, I could not get the dimensions where I wanted them, but then I looked at my bench one day, and there was the resin cross lying on a rectangular piece of wood, and it hit me, Bible!
The front is bubinga, the back is african mahogany. The “binding” wood is bloodwood, kind of using scraps again. Actually didn’t think it would come out this nice. Wooden hinges are bubinga. The inner woods are two layers of white oak sandwiching a piece of not so nice pecan I had lying around.
The size is 9X12X3.5 inches.
There are seven drawers, the middle one being long enough to hold bracelets, six of them, and the holder is installed in the drawer and made of marblewood, another piece of scrap lying around. Since I wanted to use as much of the thickness as possible for the drawers, I put in the finger cutouts, instead of handles which would have made the drawers shallower. I just sanded them in using my HF drum sander. The drawers are about 67MM front to back, or 2 9/16”, give or take. They are all lined with bright red felt.
I took the time to lightly glaze brush the lighter woods on the outside with gold metallic acrylic paint, to simulate gold pages as would be on an upper class bible.
I actually had in mind the one that Harrison Ford used in the first Indiana Jones movie, when he showed the Arc of The Covenant to those FBI guys in the movie. Brass latches and big hinges and all that.
It is finished in four coats of spray lacquer, buffed with 0000 steel wool and paste waxed to knock down the shine just a little. It has felt feet. I plan on displaying it since I took some space in an antique/artisan showroom here locally, and this will go in with a lot of other things. Thanks for lookin’, and as always, copy it if you want!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com