My wife’s family reunion plans to have an auction when they get together this summer, and our church is going to have an auction to gather funds for a mission trip this summer. To assist the family reunion auction, I decided to build a couple of small boxes that could be auctioned, and that would be small enough to fit into a suitcase for those flying back home.
After I heard about the mission trip auction, I decided to build something for that too. For that I planned to make a couple of the simple book racks like I first found among my father’s possessions. Where he got his I do not know, but I have had it both in my office when I was working and now in my home office. But, after thinking about it a bit longer, I decided to build a box and a book rack for each auction.
The boxes are made from some nicely colored Canary wood that I bought from the local Woodcraft store in Omaha. These boxes are essentially 6x3x2 1/2 inches. Since Canary wood is an oily wood, I used Shellac to finish them as it sticks to almost everything. After being sanded with 500 grit paper, they are very smooth to the touch.
The book racks are made of walnut. Each one is made from one piece of 24 inch long wood and near 5 1/4 inches wide. They have been coated with polyurethane which gets very hard, and they should not have any adverse impact on any book cover or other object set upon them.