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Project by TheGravedigger posted 02-17-2011 12:31 AM 5372 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 02-17-2011 12:38 AM

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 02-17-2011 12:49 AM

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 02-17-2011 03:05 AM

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 02-17-2011 03:30 AM

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 02-17-2011 03:35 AM

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 02-17-2011 03:47 AM

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 02-17-2011 03:50 AM

Beautiful bookstand.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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littlecope

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#8 posted 02-17-2011 11:54 AM

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 02-17-2011 03:48 PM

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

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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MyChipCarving

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#10 posted 02-17-2011 03:59 PM

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 02-17-2011 07:30 PM

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 02-17-2011 07:45 PM

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 04-13-2011 11:15 PM

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 07-15-2012 09:01 AM

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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