Thumb Book Holder


0.25” fluorescent blue acrylic, 0.625” walnut, 0.125” figured maple

A gift for an avid reader friend, I’ve been looking at these for a while and thought they’d be a good laser project. I cut the layers, glued them up with clear resin, then sanded the wood to 320 grit, continuing through 2500 grit for the acrylic to make it transparent. Finished with satin wipe- on polyurethane.

The box is two different colors of card stock, a rhombic box from https://templatemaker.nl
I made a foam insert for the book holder out of headliner material, it’s just cloth faced foam.

I liked the gift so much that I made one for myself this time using redheart and spalted maple.

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Excellent result!

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Those materials really elevated the design!

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I really like the look with the acrylic in the middle.

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These are so nice! The layers really make them special.

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I had no idea what that thing was, and was appreciating the beauty - but seeing it in use - OH that’s COOL! Beautifully made too!

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Those are beautiful. Extra points for making a GF item that doesn’t look lasered.

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Looks
Great. Love it

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Really nice: Simple, elegant, graceful…and useful.

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I was trying to figure out how it worked, and how one might make something like that to hold a tablet. As it turned out I could not use that design at all but it inspired one that will.

They are so nice you either never show yours to the friend or make a third one the equal of yours. If your friend saw that one they might feel bad about the one they got from you.

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What a great gift! I’m sure your friend will really love it. Both of them look fabulous. Glad you made one for yourself as well! :slight_smile:

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Really lovely (and so useful)! Glad you also made one for yourself too!

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I presented it last night. After a quick explanation of how it works she thought it was great :slight_smile:

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Looks great

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That’s an elegant, practical cut. I love the sweep of the ‘wings’, and the maple exterior. Very nice gift!

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Beautiful work!

I had never heard of a thumb book holder. Thank you for enlightening me. Something like this would be a great gift for my book club friends!

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I made a few Halloween inspired versions for “spooky” books.

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I didn’t realize that’s what I was looking at back when you originally posted it. Very cool.

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:rofl: I guess considering the audience I was in front of at the time it made sense.

I simply cut if out from thick draftboard. Your version is art. :art:

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I love that! Using the shape of a bat is so perfect.

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