I had another gift in mind using the family wood. I couldn’t leave my mother-in-law out. She is an avid reader, so I stuck with the book theme and made a set of bookmarks. This is the thinnest resawing I have done, and I was planning to sand down even further. We are getting into thin veneer territory here. A fun project with a little skill building thrown in. Cue up that gorgeous family walnut!
I planed the right side flat to have a good surface to start with, then used a marking gauge to mark off a plank of about 1/8″. I might try my hand at doing thinner next time, but this was pretty thin for me.
I cut two just in case, but as it turns out each one was wide enough to make two bookmarks. I left one quite long, and kept a full thickness of the top inch or so. The rest of that one got thinned dramatically. The intention is that the thicker portion will add strength, and keep a portion of it proud of the book when shut.
The shorter one was thinned across its entire length till it was pretty flexible. To keep it from splitting It found a small piece of purpleheart and glued it on with the grain running perpendicular to the walnut grain. A lot of shaping at the sanders gave it a nice look and feel. The purpleheart piece will also keep the bookmark from slipping down inside the book.
Once sanded smooth both pieces got a few layers of spray lacquer. The shorter one should be good for novels and other small paperbacks while the big one should be great for larger hardcovers.