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Project by Don Johnson posted 1073 days ago 1307 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My daughter and her family have just moved back to the UK and are renting a house until they finally decide where to live. They purchased some inexpensive clothes hanger systems to use as temporary wardrobes, and one collapsed as soon as she loaded it with clothes. So I made four wooden blocks to replace the broken plastic pieces.

As I went off to make these, she said, “Oh!, could you make me a cookbook holder as well?”

Her husband, John, was discarding a 6 ft x 2 ft 3/4 inch pine board that they had previously used as a shelf, but could not find a place for in the rented house. I obviously felt that it was a crime to send it to the dump, but he was happy for me to take it as he is not into ANY form of DIY himself.

I remembered Steve Marin’s design ( http://lumberjocks.com/Stevinmarin/blog/23341 ) from when I trawled through all his super videos, and made the displayed version pretty much as he described – from part of the board saved from disposal.

Like Steve, I found that the only tricky part was getting the adjustable backrest to be moveable, but to stay where it was put. I ended up drilling a hole about 1/2 inch deep into the backrest, and putting a ‘squashable but firm’ round piece of neoprene rubber into the hole. It was just a little longer than the hole depth, and provided the necessary ‘stiction’.

Thanks again to Steve – this is not the first, and I’m sure won’t be the last, of his designs that I use.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk





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Stevinmarin

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#1 posted 1072 days ago

Hey Don, nice to see the cookbook holder. I like your solution to the adjustable backrest. This is one of those projects that I use all the time.

Steve

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#2 posted 1071 days ago

well done.

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kiefer

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#3 posted 1071 days ago

Nice reuse of material .
Great story and cookbook holder .

Kiefer

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thelt

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#4 posted 1068 days ago

Don, I made one of those and now have to make three more for my three daughters. I use mine to hold woodworking mags and books on the bench while I’m doing a project from plans. The hardest part for me was to get the two ends to match up so the dowel rod was straight across.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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