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  1. PaulF
    February 1, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    Nice project Steve.

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  2. Anonymous
    February 1, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    Steve;

    I like the book/box. I’ll have to put that on my list of small projects. The one thing I would change is to look for some scraps of Baltic birch to use for the box carcase so it would kind of look like pages.

    StanP

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  3. Anonymous
    February 1, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    If only your book box was big enough to hold a book about building boxes, the circle of creativity could be complete.

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  4. Steve Ramsey
    February 2, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Stan: if I make another one, I am definitely going to use plywood for the “pages”. That’s a great idea!

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  5. AZ DIY Guy
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Nice! This concept could be adapted to make a iPad/Kindle/Tablet case similar to a Dodo Case.

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  6. Scott
    February 2, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Steve you might try Ronald s idea for glues.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQU8Xb7z_9I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  7. Bob
    February 3, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    I need to adapt this into a matchbox….allowing for a removable striker strip on the ‘spine’… hmmmm….

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  8. Heath
    February 4, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    I loaded the comments just to suggest using baltic birch plywood or something like zebrawood to resemble pages, but someone else beat me to it! Great project, Steve!

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  9. Anonymous
    February 4, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the project Steve. I love making little boxes, don’t need a lot of materiel and they are fun to build. I think I’ll make one.

    Kirk

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  10. Anonymous
    February 4, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    Great project, Steve! What do you think about using flocking for the inside walls and bottom of the box instead of the sticky felt?

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  11. David
    February 5, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    I love this thing. Think I’ll make one. Kind of thinking a metal dowel rod might work nice instead of wood. Maybe a little stronger. What do you think?

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  12. Big Tiny
    February 6, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    Hi buddy. Great little project. I agree it needs either Baltic Biirch ply or alternately, you could build “pages” with dark and light veneers stacked in layers. See you on Lumberjocks.com..

    Paul

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  13. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Great project.

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  14. Kris Ewing
    February 21, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    Can someone tell me why I’m not able to download in PDF the plan for this book box? I’ve tried in Google and Internet Explorer, both are unable to. thanks

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  15. Kris Ewing
    February 21, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    Before anyone replies to my request, I was able to download it. Thanks, in advance if you attempted to assist. Have a Great Navy Day!

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  16. Matthew Robinson
    February 25, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    hey can u build a woodworking vice for me im new into woodworking and im only 16 please help me please

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  17. Matthieu Durand
    March 7, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    hi steve, really you can make a surf board on wood for us? please. Matt

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  18. Anonymous
    March 10, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Nice box, there a nice one on this french blog : http://blog.borisbeaulant.com/objets/cahier-en-bois/ and there is also a wood trike recumber, a thing to see. Thierry

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  19. Anonymous
    March 18, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I’ve made 1 of these as a prototype, and another is on the bench. If anyone is thinking of making one of these let me give you a couple words of advice:

    Drill the holes for the dowels straight. One of mine was just a little “off” and caused the entire front “cover” to twist and bind. I’ve since thrown together a quick jig for my drill press to drill these holes, instead of trying to free hand it.

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  20. Woozle35
    April 17, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    I love that, it looks great. I have tried to view the plans but have been unsuccessful, is there a reason for this?

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  21. Sporster 13
    August 7, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    Je suis ” Canadien Français du Québec “. Je ne parle pas beaucoup l’ anglais mais j’ aime bien regarder vos video et je fini par comprendre comment faire.

    Vous faites de beau vidéos

    Merci

    Serge

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  22. Anonymous
    November 13, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    hi steve i am doin this as one of my school projects for christmas if you have time can you please email me the measurements in cm as i am hopeless with inches
    thanks

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  23. Anonymous
    November 13, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    sorry my email is brela.o.p@nottinghamhigh.co.uk thanks again and where can you get lots of wood in such little time cus i’m runing out of ideas. i have made every single one of your projects so keep on going!

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  24. Mark
    December 7, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    If you don’t have a drill press and want straight holes, clamp your drill on your bench or other surface and clamp guides to align book to drill bit.

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  25. Lewis Dean
    December 16, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Very nice box. I’ve made many boxes using pin hinges. Most pin hinges projects list 1/8 inch brass rod for the hinge pins. Brass rod is a little expensive and hard to cut. I’ve been using silicone-bronze welding rod. It is the same size and a whole lot cheaper. I drill the hinge hole, then cut the rod to be about 1/8th inch shorter than the depth of the entire hole. I insert the rod (no glue) then plug the hole with an 1/8th inch dowel glued in place an cut flush with the surface. 1/8th inch bamboo skewers work great.

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  26. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    I just built my two sons the “Norm Abram bookcase from episode 108” x 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HEABEQAOKQ

    Brag Tag;

    One son is graduating (Last Semester…yea!) from Texas A&M with a degree in Engineering and he has kept every book as a trophy. The weight of his books crushed a cheap retail bookcase, So I built 2 bookcases from Norm’s design, and wow are they strong.

    Norm was my childhood woodworking hero, but my friend are much more like me. Not perfect but willing to go the extra mile to get there.

    Steve, You and I are no Norm Abram, but you bring talent, expertise and a bit of funny to the table that I can relate to.

    I would love to see you build one of these bookcases as a tribute to Norm.

    I will be making 2 of these wooden books as the perfect addition to my bookcases

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HEABEQAOKQ

    Thank You!

    Lance Portwood

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  27. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

    I just built my two sons the “Norm Abram bookcase from episode 108” x 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HEABEQAOKQ

    Brag Tag;

    One son is graduating (Last Semester…yea!) from Texas A&M with a degree in Engineering and he has kept every book as a trophy. The weight of his books crushed a cheap retail bookcase, So I built 2 bookcases from Norm’s design, and wow are they strong.

    Norm was my childhood woodworking hero, but my friend, you are much more like me. Not perfect but willing to go the extra mile to get there.

    Steve, You and I are no Norm Abram, but you bring talent, expertise and a bit of funny to the table that I can relate to.

    I would love to see you build one of these bookcases as a tribute to Norm.

    I will be making 2 of these wooden books as the perfect addition to my bookcases

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HEABEQAOKQ

    Thank You!

    Lance Portwood

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  28. Anonymous
    April 26, 2014 @ 10:08 pm

    Just purchased red oak to make my book boxes or box books or a box that looks like a book.

    Making two of these, should be fun, I’ll keep you posted.

    A true WWMM fan,

    Lance Portwood.

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  29. sofiadragon1979
    May 27, 2014 @ 12:18 am

    I had a thought while watching this, how about making this into an actual book & then carving the cover words & the spine words on it by hand? Just a thought.

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  30. Tim Grace
    March 7, 2016 @ 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration with this!. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to “tweak” your design and do a couple of “extra fancy” models, one in cherry/curly maple and one in mahogany/curly maple. I even through in some padauk trim as a tribute. I’m waiting on one last item to arrive in the mail before finishing them up. I’ll post photos on the Me-Mo community, once completed.

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  31. Lee C
    December 25, 2016 @ 11:15 pm

    I would like to make something like this as a place for my father-in-law to store his family Bible. It’s in French and it’s been handed down from generation to generation starting with his grandparents. It’s quite a bit bigger than dimensions listed for this one. Can the plans be scaled up to accommodate a larger book? If so, are their any special instructions? Thanks! I love the plans you have here!
    Lee

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  32. Timothy
    February 5, 2017 @ 6:51 am

    PDF plans indicate the frame is 3/4″ tall? Seems a bit short for a 1.5 inch spine less a 3/8 inch cover (1.125 inch delta). Is this accurate?

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  34. Scott
    March 14, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

    Going to give this a try. Anyone think a 1/8″ brass rod would work for the hinge pin?

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  35. joejaramani
    April 15, 2018 @ 2:38 pm

    Great to see that… I made it too. Using woodprix handbooks 🙂

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