William and Mary book stand

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Project by Austin Zach posted 09-29-2015 04:32 AM 632 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the inspiration (and sketchup file!) for this William and Mary style book stand from other posts here on LJs. I modified the design slightly to suit my tastes / skillset (or lack thereof). This was my first serious attempt at hand cut dovetails, and it shows. There are gaps wide enough to drive a semi through. Nonetheless, it was a fun project and a great learning experience. I’m satisfied with the overall result, despite a few cosmetic flaws. I’m also glad to finally have a worthy home for the family Bible we got as a wedding gift.

One thing I’ll note for the benefit of any LJs who might attempt this project in the future: I found that our big Bible slid off the front of the stand too easily, so one of my modifications to the original design was add a little 1/4” lip to the front face, which holds the Bible up nicely. Just something to keep in mind.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-29-2015 11:26 PM

I have always been inspired by this style book stand. Good job.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#2 posted 09-29-2015 11:38 PM

lovely bookstand

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 10-01-2015 12:16 AM

Austin. This book stand came out great. Super job.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#4 posted 10-10-2016 07:56 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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