By Dave Munkittrick
Do you have a pile of photos waiting to
be put in an album? We all do. That’s
why you can’t go wrong making these
distinctive photo albums for yourself
or as gifts.
Figured wood makes an attractive
cover.The first album in the photo was
made from a 3 in. x 20 in. piece of tiger
maple and the second from a single 6 in.
x 10 in. piece of walnut.You can make
larger covers (12-1/2 in. x 12-1/2 in.),
but they are more likely to warp. The walnut was resawn to make front and
back covers. The maple was resawn and
glued up to create book-matched covers.
The 9-1/4 in. x 5 in. acid-free paper
pages come pre-drilled and are available
from Anchor Paper, 800-659-2127,
The 2 in. x 24 in. continuous hinge and the
brass barrel bolt connectors and screws
are available from Van ***’s Restorers, 800-558-1234; barrel bolts, #AF-S1572; hinges, #AF-S6167;
#4 x 1/4-in. screws, #AF-S4739F.
How to Make It
1. Surface the covers
to about 1/4 in. and chamfer
the outside edges.
(Optional: Use a 1-1/2-in.
hole saw to cut a circular
frame in the cover.)
2. Sand and finish. We
used a sealer coat of Super
Blonde Shellac followed by
two coats of water-borne
3. Cut two 4-in. lengths of
hinge (two 11-in. lengths
for 12-1/2 in. x 12-1/2 in.
covers) for each album and
file a radius on the corners.
4. Use the pre-drilled
paper as a template to drill
two 1/4-in.holes in one leaf
of each hinge. File any
rough edges smooth.
5. Drill two 5/64-in. pilot
holes 5/8-in. in from the
back edge of each cover.
Mount the hinges to the
cover with #4 screws. (Nip
off the ends of the screws if
your covers are 1/4-in. thick
6. Bolt the loose leaves of
the hinges through the
paper with the barrel bolts;
add photos and enjoy.
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