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Make a handmade Hardwood Bookmark
I was squaring up a block of mahogany, and I shaved off several “scrap” strips: thin, almost flexible sheets of hardwood. I couldn’t let something so interesting go to waste. “Business cards?” I thought… No, I don’t really have a business. “Name plaque for my office door?” No, I don’t really have an office. "A bookmark, perhaps?"


Posted by bruno b. from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States • Published See bruno b.'s 2 projects »
  • Step 1

    The body of the bookmark is a thin sheet of wood. If you have a table saw, shave off a 1/16” strip of hardwood using a feather board. If you don’t have a table saw, you can buy thin strips of soft wood at the craft store, or small sheets at a woodworking shop. Look in their scrap bin, or in the veneer section.

  • How to make a bookmark. Handmade Hardwood Bookmark - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut your bookmark to size. Then use the 3/8” drill bit to drill a hole in the top to attach the string. Sandwich your bookmark piece between two scrap pieces of wood to prevent tearout when drilling.

  • How to make a bookmark. Handmade Hardwood Bookmark - Step 3
    Step 3

    If you want, apply a design using a permanent marker, or, if you’ve got the skills, use a wood burner.

  • Step 4

    Finish the wood as you please. I used a Danish oil and rubbed paste wax.

  • How to make a bookmark. Handmade Hardwood Bookmark - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lastly, tie your string through the hole in the bookmark and attach the wooden square.

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Sokje · Almere, Flevoland, NL · 8 projects
This looks so lovely!
The Twins
The Twins · 9 projects
this is great! especialy for someone who is avericious with paper as i am....
Crafter Monkey
Crafter Monkey · Bolton, England, GB · 6 projects
this is so beautiful and would make a great present for my mum's birthday. Thanks for the idea! Happy
charmaine · Singapore, SG · 10 projects
Ian · Massachusetts, Massachusetts, US
I have a friend who LOVES to read and she's having a birthday soon so this would make a great gift!!!!
Carrie C.
Carrie C. · Idaho, Idaho, US · 1 project
So creative and fabulous. I think your idea for business cards is complete genious! I cannot wait to get started on my own projects. SO SO AMAZING!!!!
Lady Wurlitzer
Lady Wurlitzer · Glasgow, Scotland, GB · 3 projects
Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.
northernstar · Flateyri, Westfjords, IS · 35 projects
That is such a great idea.
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Erk N' Jrk Creations · Rolla, Missouri, US · 17 projects
This is really beautiful and the possibilities are endless! Great job!
Tom · London, GB · 49 projects
Wow! That's really beautiful, good job!

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