Cook Book Holder

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Project by Max posted 11-12-2009 10:19 PM 7640 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made three of these for Christmas gifts for this year. It is a cook book holder (or as you can see in the first picture a Lumberjocks cook book holder). I fashioned it from one that we have. It is constructed of cherry that I got from a from a cabinet shops throw away bin. As you can see it is mitered with splines for the corner construction. The piece holding the Plexiglas, which sits in a 1/8” dado and is held in place with two #4 1/2” screws, is hinged to the base frame using 1/2” brass hinges. The Plexiglas helps keep the book open as well as preventing splashes of food getting on the pages of the book. The inner book support sits in a 1/2” x 1/2” rabbit and is hinged with brass rod. The black piece you can see in the last picture between the inner and outer frame is a O ring to hold pressure between the two pieces so they don’t flop around. The hole where the brass rod goes you can see has been plugged with a 1/4” dowel. The holder sits on 4 clear rubber feet to stop it from sliding.

These were a fun project to make, which were being constructed at the same time the last frame project I posted was being made. I worked on these while waiting for glue to dry on the frame.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 11-12-2009 10:27 PM

I just posted a comment about creativity on another post… and then here up pops your wonderful cook book holder… very creative!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 11-12-2009 10:30 PM


Thank you very much for your kind words, I really appreciate them.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 10:31 PM

hahaha – I have the same book that you have in the holder. I love that bookcase. I also like the cookbook holder design.

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 10:33 PM


I like the entire book, has some great projects in it. Thank you for your compliment.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 11-13-2009 03:01 AM

Nice work Max. I really like the fold up design. I gotta put that one my “to do” list.

-- Rick

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#6 posted 11-13-2009 03:04 AM


Thank you, The fold up design allows it to be stored away in a book case or where the cook books are kept.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 11-13-2009 03:07 AM

Great one Max. I love that design too. May have to make my wife one soon. Thanks for the post.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 11-13-2009 03:26 AM


I appreciate your compliment. You should make her one….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 11-13-2009 03:26 AM


I haven’t ever seen one just like this. Very nice indeed! Cherry is one of my favorite types of wood.

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 11-13-2009 03:40 AM

Very Creative!!! you should contact QVC or HSN they might sell these for you Might even give you some air time !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#11 posted 11-13-2009 04:43 AM

Chuck, Thank you for the compliment. I like cherry to look at but don’t particularly like working with it.

Rj, Thanks for the kind words.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#12 posted 11-13-2009 05:23 PM

Very nice. What did you use to attach the glass to the wood?

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

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#13 posted 11-13-2009 05:43 PM

Rex, I appreciate your compliment. The Plexiglas is in a 1/8” dado about 7/8” and has 2 #4, 1/2” screws that compress the dado together to hold the Plexiglas. You can see the way it is attached in the 4th picture.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#14 posted 11-17-2009 02:24 AM

well done and thoughtful gift idea

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 11-17-2009 02:28 AM

Dan, Thank you for you compliment, I really appreciate it..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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