Inlaid (Bible?) Box


Scholars question whether or not these boxes actually held the family’s Bible. Regardless, this Pennsylvania-designed box deserves high praise.
By Glen D. Huey
Pages: 56-62

From the October 2009 issue #178
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From the minute I brought this lidded box into the Popular Woodworking office, debate began. I called it a Bible box, but some wondered where that term originated. Is it a name coined by those interested in building an interest in these boxes so they could sell them for a profit? Or is that term what the original owner used in 1730?

You can call it a Bible box, a lidded box or whatever you like. I’m going to call it a great project that is an introduction to, or a chance to practice and improve upon, many woodworking techniques, from lathe work to shop-made herringbone inlay to half-blind dovetails. And it’s a project that I’ve had on my “to build” list for many years.

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* To download a 3D model of the Inlaid Bible Box project in SketchUp format, click here.


From the October 2009 issue #178
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