My First Project: Bookstand

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Project by Timbot posted 07-11-2009 10:35 AM 1570 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first foray into the world of woodworking. I was only able to load the pre-finished pictures, but it was eventually stained.It’s an incredibly simple design, relying on only glue and a hinged leg to support itself. It had to be set at a very specific angle, since it would be holding textbooks for note taking purposes. There were literally only three cuts on this piece, all of which were accomplished with a circular saw. The various rounded corners were all accomplished with a sanding block and some 120 grit sand paper. As for the radius on the bottom lip, it was actually an accident turned primary design element by my aggressive use with a random orbit sander. Now that I look at this project, it sort of looks like a bench hook doing an endo at high speed….... hm, go figure :). Incidentally, I actually made a mock up book stand out of some ancient ply I had lying around. I eventually cut this mock up in half, and now use these two book stands all over the shop!

-- Timbot, So Cal

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 12:08 PM

Simple but practical. Great job…Man, not even married and already have the honey-do list.

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 04:23 PM

good first project

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 06:06 PM

Sequence this would be: I study. My neck to suffer. I have an idea. I do a learn. My friends ask me for one. I do more learns. I need more tools then. To arouse love for the woodworking…
Conclusion: you are in the corret way!!!
Good luck Teem, and welcome.
La secuencia sería: Yo estudio. Mi cuello sufre. Tengo una idea. Hago un atril. Mis amigos me piden uno. Hago mas atriles. Luego, necesito más herramientas. Nace en mi el amor por la carpintería…
Conclusión: estás en el camino correcto!!!
Buena suerte Teem, y bienvenido.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#4 posted 08-20-2009 11:53 AM

Nice work.

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#5 posted 08-21-2009 01:31 PM

Very nice! I’m also a new woodworker, and building kitchen cabinets. I’m so tied up with other things, my progress is slow. I’ll get there soon though.
The one sterling rule in woodworking…start and stay square!

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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