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Project by dbray45 posted 12-02-2014 07:47 PM 1396 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife needed a stand for her IPad and this seemed the fastest way to go. It really is not difficult but does require that you are paying attention. Made a couple of mistakes that won’t happen on the next one. The plans called for 3/4 wood, I used 1” because I thought she wanted it for some of her heavy cookbooks.

Thanks for looking. A few of these would make great Christmas presents.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 12-02-2014 07:56 PM

I like it, great work

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 07:57 PM

Wow beautiful work man, love that straight grained wood too.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 12-02-2014 07:58 PM

Many thanks.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 12-02-2014 07:59 PM

All of those oak boards I got – they clean up real nice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#5 posted 12-02-2014 09:26 PM

Very nice. Nice round hinges. I started one of these a while back in 3/4” poplar and put it on the back burner. Any tips on how to clean the saw kerf areas out?

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#6 posted 12-03-2014 04:36 AM

Really nice, I tried making one, cut the knuckle joints through, but left it a while before splittin it open, and the board cupped, so I couldn’t finish it.

spent a weekend in 2012 with the master himself showing us how to do it all “without getting to use the bandsaw :-(

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#7 posted 12-03-2014 12:33 PM

Matt – I used a LN #1 and #2 bench plane and a scraper. To clean up the hinge area, I used a 3/4” shoulder plane

DrD – The wood is QS red oak so the potential of warp is almost nil. Flat sawn wood, if not really dry (1-3% MC) could easily warp afterward. Sounds like Roy may need to sharpen some blades, cutting this with a handsaw would be a little slower but would be a cleaner cut than the bandsaw.

I cut the hinges after doing the rip cut. For this first one, including the mistakes and remedies, took about 2 hours. I could see that doing 10 of them (as gifts), the time would be greatly condensed on a per item basis. The time would get a lot longer if I made this in cherry and carved something on it. Oak doesn’t look right (to me) as a carved piece, the grain is too pronounced.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 12-03-2014 01:12 PM

Very nice, indeed!

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#9 posted 12-03-2014 01:19 PM

Thank you sir!

-- David in Damascus, MD

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