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1 Introduction

This book project is part of a much bigger commission for Hay Castle, Powys, UK, which you can see 3 parts on Woodcarving Workshops starting here with the Open Book itself.

You can watch the next part, an Ornamental Letter H with a daffodil and bird: here; and the second part, an armorial device consisting of a Shield and Lion: here.

But this book can stand alone. It's a great conversation piece! I’ve made several before as memorials or for presentation. You can paint on the ‘pages’; add text with calligraphy or pyrography; carve lettering or reliefs; screw on an engraved silver plate... up to you.

In this video workshop, I look at books closely, find my wood (grain horizontal) and make a template.

I also use a table saw to save a lot of time: Yes, it's the sort of thing I do! I thought you’d like to see how useful it was in this instance. For the woodworking-machinery-minded: you could do the same work with a router or spindle moulder. Remember to take all appropriate safety measures.

'But what if I don’t have either table saw or router?' Instead of the table saw, you’ll need to go the long way around and carve the wood away, just like a woodcarver! I've put  notes about this in the download (below).

Subscriber download: Open Book - Notes


| 20 September 2020 20:06

Will try =)

| 20 September 2020 19:18

Lars - Sorry, I don't have the template anymore and didn't include it in the download for this project. Mine was a very big book! My thinking was that you'd all be making smaller books and thus would draw up your own templates.
But here's an idea: take a screen shot of the video at the point where you can clearly see me offering my template to the end of the book - around 5:30 - and print it off. You can then adjust my template to your own book/wood block.
Give it a go?

| 20 September 2020 13:34

Having some trouble finding a good template for this. Is it possible to get yours?

| 12 August 2020 08:02

Imran - Just a simple 2-flute cutter, say 10-15mm would do it. You don't have the table saw's fence to work from, which is a great advantage when it comes to symmetry, but no doubt there's a way to jig that.

| 12 August 2020 00:53

Hi Chris. If one were to use a router for the initial cuts, you used the table saw for, what type of router bit would do similar cuts? Thanks

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