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William & Mary period bookstand reproduction

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Project by Rickterscale posted 827 days ago 1356 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this, and a second, bookstand as Christmas gifts for my mother and sister. The plans are from Popular Woodworking, I think the Oct. 2010 issue. The only variation from the original plans is that, since I don’t have a lathe, instead of turning the feet I used drawer knobs that I purchased on eBay (about $1.50 a piece – pretty good deal). This piece gave me a chance to try a few different techniques for the first time. These are my first (well, after some practice pieces) hand-cut dovetails. They didn’t come out perfect. There were some gaps, but nothing a little shop made wood filler (yellow glue with sanding dust) can’t make disappear for the most part. Also first time hand-carving round tenons for the two pivoting parts.

The finish is one coat Minwax special walnut stain, one coat garnett shellac, followed by four coats satin Arm-R-Seal. (Or is it Seal-A-Cell? I always get those two product names mixed up with their nonsensical names.) The wood, obviously, is walnut.

Thanks to AstroGuy, who did the same project even better and gave some helpful tips on it.

Update: I added a picture of what I believe is the original.





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dakremer

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#1 posted 827 days ago

That turned out really nice! I love the color! My mother-in-law would probably like something like this for her bible

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 827 days ago

That’s a great looking bookstand. excellent work.

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Skylark53

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#3 posted 827 days ago

Nice project and nicely done. A very good idea for a super gift.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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dubsaloon

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#4 posted 827 days ago

Other than not being old and grungy it looks perfect, just like the originals. Nice work.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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