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Project by Brett posted 08-16-2013 08:52 PM 1761 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The title says most of what could be said about this project.

The front and back covers are laminated alder with black walnut accents. They are 1/4” thick with the edges pillowed over with a block plane and sandpaper. It’s sanded to 320 grit and finished with a satin, something or other, finish from a spray can. There are two light coats applied to both the inside and the outsides of the covers.

There are pieces of paper sandwiched in between the front and the back with aluminum biding posts found at the local hardware store. I polished the slotted heads with a buffing wheel and polishing compound on a bench top grinder. The paper was purchased from a local craft store.

The hinge was made by cutting some slots in the edges with a hand saw and gluing in a piece of a web strap. I used CA glue to secure the webbing into the slots.

Thanks for Looking!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 08-16-2013 09:46 PM

Thats a neat project….good job.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 08-17-2013 02:46 AM

Nice looking book! I’ve made some photo albums and never thought to use web strap for the hinge. Definitely have to try it.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#3 posted 08-17-2013 11:02 AM

Thats a great idea and a beautiful keep sake…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 08-17-2013 12:58 PM

Nice work and beautiful project. I have a similar book that was passed on to me from my uncle, that was made in 1936.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 08-18-2013 11:50 AM

Very nice gift, and keepsake.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 08-19-2013 01:32 PM

Well designed and a very attractive gift with a personal touch that means a lot .
Like the hinge .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 02:05 PM

Beautiful and unique guest book. The walnut strips are great accents. I’m sure it will last a very long time.

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 03:59 PM

Great job, very well done! :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#9 posted 09-02-2013 05:17 AM

We are the proud recipients of this guestbook. Thank you so much Brett for making this for us. I can’t believe you only spent one week creating it. It looks like it would take two months! It is completely unique and something that will hold up against anything (very durable). The personal touch is priceless. You are amazing! ~ Love you, John and Jackie

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