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This folding bookstand is based on the one in the Roy Underhill article in the February 2011 Popular Woodworking issue. The stand is made from a single piece of red oak with all the joinery cut into the board until it will hinge open and closed. The finish is simple boiled linseed oil. Mine was basically a testbed project, but I decided that it was worth keeping, despite the wormholes. If there were a few more of them, they could be a design feature!

For full construction details, check out my blog articles starting at: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/roubo-bookstand-part-1/

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com





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Neightdogg

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#1 posted 1154 days ago

I love this project! Might have to try my hand at it some day.

-- Nathan

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AaronK

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#2 posted 1154 days ago

nice work! ive been following the Schwartz’s work on this on his blog… and i have to ask: how did you flatten and smooth the back/inside parts that were split apart?

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Brit

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#3 posted 1154 days ago

Nice Skill.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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TheGravedigger

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#4 posted 1154 days ago

Aaron, the smoothing was done with a jack plane across the grain and a card scraper with the grain. The trick was holding it while I did it – not so easy. I’ve got some pictures on my blog that illustrate the difficulty. All you can do is grit your teeth and wish it was just a flat board.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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NBeener

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#5 posted 1154 days ago

Old world elegance, with timeless construction.

Just beautiful !

p.s.: what’s a “book” ?

LOL !

-- -- Neil

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AaronK

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#6 posted 1154 days ago

oh – i missed the second part of the blog. i have to say your resawing job was pretty nice~!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1154 days ago

Beautiful bookstand.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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littlecope

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#8 posted 1153 days ago

Great Job Robert!!
I made one of those back in the early “80’s, but it didn’t come out half as nice as yours…Bookholder open

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

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Matt Stauffer

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#9 posted 1153 days ago

Looks great. It appears that you even rounded the hinges. Do you think this will become the next “dovetailed grease pot”?

-- Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. --- Psalm 39:5

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MyChipCarving

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#10 posted 1153 days ago

This bookstand is a great project!
Here’s mine that was featured in Woodcarving Illustrated, Fall 2009. Full construction details and pattern are included in this article and can be downloaded from the My Chip Carving Article Vault (free Gold Membership will give you access) – https://mychipcarving.com/Chip_Carving/Pages/member_vault.html

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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TheGravedigger

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#11 posted 1153 days ago

Beautiful carving! Your variation works very well for displaying an open book horizontally. I presume you simply opened the joints more?

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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MyChipCarving

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#12 posted 1153 days ago

Exactly, Rpbert. The longer the joint the more the book holder will open up.
A joint like this one –

will be closed more than the one I created.
Lots of ways to do this.
Have fun!

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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oldwolf

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#13 posted 1098 days ago

Robert, I love your work, I have been looking for just the right board to do this project myself. Very nice.

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/

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EGA

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#14 posted 640 days ago

Great work there! Thanks for the comment on my wood burn…By the way that was my SgtMaj. Semper Fi!!

-- www.flickr.com/photos/egamarine/

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