Make a simple book stand

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 04-08-2011 09:45 PM 7894 reads 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yep, it’s simple. And it actually holds books, rather than allowing them to topple whenever you remove one.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 10:14 PM

You seriously must be reading my mind Steve. Not an hour ago my wife, Ren, and I discussed needing book ends in our kitchen for cookbooks. I said I didn’t want to buy them but didn’t like the design of normal bookends.Then i get an e-mail of your blog update regarding just that. I’ve also seen another style that uses sliding dovetails to hold the ends in a base piece. I like your design and it looks easier to do. Hope you don’t mind if I frame the sides to give the book ends an enclosed look. Thank you for the idea and perfect timing. Nice hat by the way, I thought it looked familiar.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 11:06 PM

Good Project. Love the Hat. Dennis is famous for that hat.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 11:08 PM

Good project, Steve. I can see myself building one to hold reference books on the desk.

By the way, is that bird’s eye pine?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 11:43 PM

Well done Steve, that hat has certainly taken your wood working to a new high. Now what about a Hat stand to get you going in your new found hobby of Hat Collecting. It must be the most famous hat on lumber jocks but I bet it wont be your last. Alf

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 12:04 AM

Eric: I read the minds of all LumberJocks. Sometimes it’s overwhelming, what with everyone thinking about donuts.

Alfred: I know, I almost feel guilty accepting such a famous hat. But it is now enshrined forever in my shop.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 02:13 AM

That looks like an excellent project to make with my kids. Thanks for the post.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 02:37 AM

You should put a little pocket on one end for a Kindle.

How did you know I was eating a donut?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 02:50 AM

Have you built a shrine for the hat to stand in? Wow! Dennis is some kinda generous, one of the best Well done Steve & well done Dennis

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 02:59 AM

Dennis & Steve, my hat is off to you both!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 03:16 AM

Good job on your design. I always struggle with the off cut bin.

Dennis will now have to change his avatar to a man without a hat! or maybe he has extra ones

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#11 posted 04-09-2011 04:28 AM

Mmmmm jelly donuts…......

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#12 posted 04-09-2011 04:33 AM

You got The Hat Denmark will never be the same. Oh and cool bookends. Good one Steve;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#13 posted 04-09-2011 05:16 AM

I love that design Steve. That would make a nice project to make with kids too. Thanks for sharing, and you are one lucky dog for receiving such a well known hat. Hey, where did you come up with this or is it your own design?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 04-09-2011 05:59 AM

The hat lives! I could have sworn Dennis said he didn’t have it any more.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#15 posted 04-09-2011 06:06 AM

Steve, thats a nice video.

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