A "Stand Up" gift for the Cook in the family, a Counter Top Cook Book Stand, or Reading Stand

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 12-18-2006 11:09 PM 5533 views 14 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Cookbook Stand was a gift for my wife.

If you would like something similar, send me an email for pricing.


Project Story:

In the past whenever I made something for my wife as a gift, I built what I wanted to build. Normally, she appreciates the work, but it is never something that this very practical woman really wants or needs, so the smile is always hiding a frown.

This past year she asked me to build something that she wanted, but more importantly really needed. She cooks a lot, and has a lot of cookbooks, and finds that they get splattered with various ingredients, the pages flip while she is trying to read them, and they are laid out across the counter taking up valuable space. She asked me to build a folding Cookbook Stand with a plastic sheet to protect the book from splatters. The concept is all her idea, but the design is all mine.

I took a couple of the bigger cookbooks to the shop and started experimenting with ideas. I came up with a double frame system with a flip up angle bracket. The cookbook is held on the stand like artwork on an easel, and the acrylic splatter screen fits over two dowel pins. To make the stand adjustable for different cookbooks of varying thicknesses, I used all thread and a scrap of Zebrawood to make an adjustment knob. The wife loves it, and I finally made her something she needed.

The wood used in the frame is salvaged Bird’s Eye Maple from the Assaria, KS old school gynmasium floor. I have a few of these boards an use them in special projects.

Now she wants a fancy turned pepper mill, so I have to figure out how they are made for the next project.

If you would like more information on a Cookbook Stand email me at:

Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 12-20-2006 07:21 PM

I was asked about whether there was a “Drawn Plan” available for this Cook Book Stand. After the Christmas Rush is over, I will work on that. I rarely make drawings, just a napkin style sketch and make the rest of the decisions on the fly. But, since my wife has the cook book stand in the house, I can measure it out and make a scaled drawing of it pretty easily.

Thanks for asking,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#2 posted 09-16-2008 05:38 AM

WOW!!! I’ve been wanting to make a magazine/cookbook holder, but I’m not sure I could make anything as nice as this one.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 05:03 AM

Very nice. Did you ever come up with a “Drawn Plan” for this?

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 10:15 PM

nice design on the book holder… there was one similar years ago in one of the woodworking magazines, but it pales in compairson to yours…

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