Roubo Bookstand

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Project by Tynk posted 04-07-2015 05:55 PM 1175 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I caught the wood working bug late one night and after pulling an all-nighter this is what I completed, a Roubo Bookstand. This is my fist attempt at one of these and although there are some flaws I’m proud of it. I did crack the far left hinge do to not sawing 100% down to that line but it’s with the grain and you can hardly tell. This was my first all hand tool project and the one thing I learned from it is keep your tools sharp.

-- Ricky, New Ro NY

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#1 posted 04-07-2015 09:59 PM

Nice job. I made a half dozen of those for Christmas presents last year. Like your heart cutout, I didn’t think of that. One thing I found that helps with the sawing is to clamp hard wood blocks at the sides lined up even with the marked inside edge of the hinge pocket. When your saw hits the blocks stop sawing. I haven’t cracked one since I started using the blocks. Also make the front feet shorter than the rear, it will sit up straighter and not be so tippy. I use mine mostly to prop up a tablet computer.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#2 posted 04-08-2015 12:16 AM

Looks great, welcome to the woodworking world :)

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#3 posted 04-08-2015 11:49 AM

Thank guys! It was so nerve racking knowing how much time you put in chopping and sawing, for it to break. Like i said before luckily it was only that one hinge.

-- Ricky, New Ro NY

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#4 posted 04-08-2015 02:07 PM

Have a look at the way Roy prys it open by rotating a try square blade in the saw cut. If you use two try squares, one in the top cut, one in the bottom cut it evens out the strain on the hinge and will be less likely to crack. That said, If you have to pry that hard, the inside flat surfaces are going to splinter badly. Better to tune the saw cuts exactly even with the hinge line, then cut inside the hinge pocket with a knife like Roy did. I found the hard part is cleaning up the sawn surface. Planing cross grain in the soft wood I was using didn’t work well. I planed as best I could then used a card scraper and block sanding to get rid of the saw marks. BTW, there are several Youtube videos on this subject.
See my notes at:
and there are links to the Woodwrights episode there. I believe there was an earlier Woodwrights episode on the bookstand but I have only seen the episodes on the PBS sites and theres nothing earlier than 2006. Wish I could afford the DVDs from Popular Woodworking.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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