Wooden Exotic Hardwood Bookmarks

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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 05-28-2013 02:55 AM 3255 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are some more bookmarks I’ve made using scrap pieces of exotic hardwoods. They are made from (in order left to right) Zebrawood, Bubinga, Purpleheart, and Curly Maple. The finish is nothing more than mineral oil and wax. Instead of ribbon (which seemed a little too froo froo for my taste) I used a 12 inch length of suede leather that was tied to the bookmarks with a lark’s head knot. I also used the woodburning tool to create the image of an old oak tree on the bottom of each bookmark. It showed up very well on the curly maple, but the bubinga one is hard to see in the photo.

On a side note, I think they call it zebrawood not because of the black streaks in the wood but because it smells like a woodshop full of zebras! I suppose it is time to fork down some money on better dust collection.

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#1 posted 05-28-2013 04:20 AM

I made some of those from curly maple and walnut…looks good!

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 05:29 AM

Very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 12:26 PM

What is the thickness of your bookmarks?
Is there any concern with the mineral oil soaking into the pages of the book?

-- "Some men wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called craft." - William Morris

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 01:54 PM

Wicked idea!

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 02:02 PM

Excellent idea for scrap use… Need some leather straps now :) Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 04:57 PM

I have tons of thin pieces of nice wood that I keep telling myself I’m gonna find a use for someday. I think I just did!

Nice job!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#7 posted 05-31-2013 04:06 PM

They are not your ordinary bookmarks. Love them. Great way to use wood scraps.

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#8 posted 05-31-2013 08:54 PM

I know what you mean about the Zebrawood. I have always said that when cutting it, it smells like the back end of a Zebra

Great job on the bookmarks

-- With more power you can make toothpicks faster

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