Wood Box for a 19th-Century English Bible

      Craftsmen discuss period details, and materials appropriate for archival use. October 28, 2005

I've been asked to build a box for a Bible from England, about 140 years old. Iíd appreciate any experience or suggestions for this project. What type of wood would be appropriate, or typical of 19th century England? Does anyone have any type of construction or design suggestions? What about finishing - to protect the Bible and the wood?

Forum Responses
(Furniture Making Forum)
From contributor A:
I believe in that time period in England that Oak was the wood of choice.

From contributor B:
I have seen some old English projects that had hand cut dovetail corners. I think most in that timeframe had a wax finish on them or possibly shellac. Make sure you donít pick something that can leach onto the Bible.

From contributor C:
I would contact a large well known museum and talk to an archive expert.

From contributor D:
You need to research a wood and finish that will be the least reactive with the paper and leather over time.

From contributor E:
Contact a bookbinder. I know North Bennett Street School in Boston has a list of bookbinders on there website. Iím sure a quick email may lead you in the right direction as far as what to use for a finish. I would be hesitant to put any finish other than shellac on the inside. Get some furniture books with photos.

From contributor F:
We did some special cabinets for rare manuscripts and inside the wood cabinet was a sealed metal storage box. Wood is considered a bad thing as far as archives. Archival and museum people are the ones to talk to.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?

Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Furniture

  • KnowledgeBase: Furniture: Custom Furniture

    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.

    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2019 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article