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Project by TomFran posted 01-26-2008 11:17 PM 6400 views 7 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I desired to have a book stand that would display my book at a 20 degree angle, which would catch the light on my desk just right. Since something like I wanted probably doesn’t even exist, I decided that it was time to try to make my investment in woodworking equipment pay off.

After a quick sketch, it was out to the shop to see if I could make what I wanted from some “scrap wood.” I ended up finding a suitable piece of pine for the main components and used a piece of Spanish cedar for the strip at the bottom.

It was an easy project, but I still managed to use my table saw, bandsaw, router table, belt sander, spindle sander, foreplane, and 23 gauge pin nailer. I stained the pine, because I desired to have it darker (Minwax English Chestnut), used a couple coats of shellac to seal it, and then followed that up with two coats of Deft (in spray can) lacquer.

It was easy and fun to make, and it works great for its intended purpose. It was designed to be used for reading books, not displaying them.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28





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mot

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 11:52 PM

Ahhh, Tom, a great project. I’ve long been an advocate of book stands to relieve neck strain with reading at a desk. Very nice idea, and excellent execution!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 12:11 AM

Great job Tom!

Lets see, I guess that would make it a $3000 bookstand if you bought all your equipment to make it. :-)
I would have made you one for, say….$1500. Half price!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 12:27 AM

Gary,

I’m going to have to make several more of these to offset my investment in woodworking equipment ;^D

But, at least now, I can tell my wife that I’m saving money for the household by producing “specialty items,” which can’t be purchased anywhere else ;^D

(Whoever said woodworking was an inexpensive hobby…?)

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 12:37 AM

Tom,

A great project. Maybe make your wife one with a moveable bar to hold the book open to its location for her cook books. So while she is it the kitchen she can have them open to the place she wants. Then she really would know that you are making “specialty items” and even one for her. That is if she is the one in the kitchen.

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

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TomFran

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 12:42 AM

Max,

That is a super idea! My wife is a GREAT cook, who loves to be in the kitchen and loves cookbooks. I bet if I made her one of those, I could buy another tool ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 01-27-2008 12:43 AM

Tom,

That was kind of my thought process!!!!! Ya just never know.

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

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#7 posted 01-27-2008 12:45 AM

Max,

That’s one of the reasons we come to LumberJocks – to brainstorm with the other jocks and figure out how we can rationalize our huge investment in tools. Thanks for the help!!!!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 01-27-2008 12:46 AM

Tom, it is a very nice stand for your “Good” Book!

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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TomFran

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#9 posted 01-27-2008 12:52 AM

Hawg,

Yes, indeed, and that’s exactly the “Book” it was intended to display.

Thanks for the kind words. This isn’t an “amazing” piece or anything, but it fulfills a need, and I had a great time making it. (....and it helps to defray the cost of my tools ;^D )

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 01-27-2008 01:05 AM

Very nicely done. Simple and elegant.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 01:40 AM

Thank you Russel.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 01-27-2008 01:52 AM

That is what I need to build: A good stand for the Good Book. I like yours Tom.

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#13 posted 01-27-2008 02:02 AM

Thanks rikkor! I’ll be happy to share dimensions or whatever, if you need it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 01-27-2008 03:02 AM

Mot,

Yes, a book stand will help against neck strain and will also reduce glare. I have been using them for many years. You should make one!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 01-27-2008 05:12 AM

Tom, very nice indeed and for such a Great Book.
If you don’t mind, I would like to make one for myself.

-- My dad was an electrician, but my fathers a carpenter.

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