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They’re so easy and fun to make that you’ll want a dozen!

If you can’t stand to throw away good wood, you’ve probably got a stack of short boards that are just waiting to become–who knows what? I’ve turned my stack into a library of wood samples, which can be shelved just like real books.

My wooden books are ideal for showing customers and friends what different kinds of wood look like, and how their figures vary depending on how boards are cut. Having made the books years ago, I also now have a record of how a wood’s natural color changes with time and exposure.

To make a book, start by milling a blank foursquare. If you’re using rough lumber, start with a blank that’s at least 12″ long, for safety when jointing and planing. The blank can be any thickness, but I’ve found that books 1″ thick or more look best. For starters, a milled 2×6 is just right.

1. Round over one side of a squared-up blank, to duplicate the look of a book’s spine.



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