Wooden Exotic Hardwood Bookmarks

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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 450 days ago 1744 views 11 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 450 days ago

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

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#2 posted 450 days ago

Very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 449 days ago

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 449 days ago

Wicked idea!

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#5 posted 449 days ago

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

-- Dan

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#6 posted 449 days ago

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 446 days ago

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

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#8 posted 446 days ago

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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