Wood Box for a 19th-Century English Bible
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.
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