Recipe Book Stands

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Project by Craig Ambrose posted 10-29-2009 10:23 PM 2997 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been building a few of these recipe stands to take to our Sunday market. The think I like about them is that they pretty much have to be done with hand tools (the chiseling anyway). They are each made from one piece of wood, and hinge flat for hanging on the wall. The hinge requires a sharp chisel, and a bit of patience. Re-sawing down the centre of them was done with my new frame saw, and to separate the last few fibers of holding together the hinges, I use a knife I made from a metal ruler, which gives it a nice thin blade for getting in there. The wood is pink birch (again), finished with linseed oil (which leaves it very dark).

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 10:45 PM

Very nice, I like the hinge design, I just may have to take a shot at one of these myself one of these days.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 10-29-2009 11:17 PM

Great work Craig really nice

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 11:36 PM

Now that’s a neat idea.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 11:41 PM

I should stress that this idea isn’t mine. It comes from Roy Underhill, via Dan’s Woodshop, and presumably before them from some historic pieces.

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 01:06 AM

These look great. I picked up one for my wife while in India last year. (Half thinking I might use it for a prototype to make some myself). My wife uses hers all the time, I don’t think I could get it away from her now…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 01:09 AM

Hey, I was just talking about these yesterday to Topomax, on that fella who made the wooden chains thread!!
You did a nice job, Craig, those are tricky. I’m kinda glad I can’t find the one I made now, yours are so much nicer!! ;-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 01:12 AM

These are used all over the middle east to hold copies of the quran, sometimes finely carved and inlayed. Thanks for the pics, i,ve never been able to figure out the hinge. now I can try one for myself and take it to my local masjid.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 05:18 AM

Nice job. Great design. Thank you for the details on the build.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 06:25 AM

hmmmmmm hand tools…. they can actually be made from stock half the thickness and glued where the hinges are. at first i thought that this is how you did it (because there is a line there).
this will allow power tools to be used but will spoil the fun, i guess….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 09:26 AM

Hah, cheating power tool users. :)

Yeah, that does work, because I have broken one before (not one of these three), and re-glued it, and it works fine. However, it’s good being able to tell people that it’s all chiseled out of a single piece. It’s good for impressing grandma.

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 11:49 PM

Well Done! Classic design, perfectly executed!! Very Nice!!

-- Greg H.-Chaseburg, WI.

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#12 posted 10-09-2012 10:52 PM

Very well made..I like the detail carvings very much and I am glad you showed us your handiwork on the hinges : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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