Book Stand in Walnut

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Project by TomFran posted 04-16-2008 01:06 AM 3239 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This book stand is made from walnut with a tempered hardboard base. This stand can be used on a desk or on your lap. My other book stand works nice on a desk, but cannot be used when reading from your lap, as you would while sitting in a chair. It is angled at 30 degrees.

It is finished with a shellac seal coat and four coats of Waterlox applied with a wad of cotton cloth.

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

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#1 posted 04-16-2008 01:11 AM

Nicely done. The walnut has beautiful grain.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 04-16-2008 01:23 AM

Simple beauty.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 04-16-2008 01:37 AM


This is beautiful. Walnut is such a beautiful wood and it is a pleasure to work with. You did an excellent job on this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-16-2008 01:46 AM

Beautiful, I just want to feel it. It looks like it was custom made just for that book… Hmm…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 04-16-2008 01:58 AM

Beautiful job! I sure love the way walnut looks no matter how it is finished.

-- --Chuck

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#6 posted 04-16-2008 02:11 AM

That looks really nice. I’m surprised how well the hardwood matches the walnut. Did you finish it or did they just match that well?

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 02:34 AM

Great job, Tom. Nice finish.

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

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#8 posted 04-16-2008 02:41 AM


The hardboard matched the walnut color naturally. I was very fortunate in that!

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2008 02:42 AM

Thanks for all the gracious comments!

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

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#10 posted 04-16-2008 02:52 AM

Hey Tom ! good to see you are still making things. What else have you been up to ?

Bookrack is a fun posting.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 04-16-2008 03:02 AM

Simple elegance.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 04-16-2008 03:05 AM

Very nice book stand Tom. I really like the walnut, looks like it has some great graining….

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

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#13 posted 04-16-2008 03:05 AM

Tom, another great one! Thanks for sharing. I might just have to make one of these myself.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#14 posted 04-16-2008 03:08 AM

You guys are a real encouragement to a weekend woodworker!

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

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#15 posted 04-16-2008 03:13 AM

Beautiful finish,wish I could ever find a wad of cotton cloth when I’m looking for one! I’m curious as to why you changed from the 20 degree angle of the first stand, is 30degrees more conducive to a better lighting angle in the lap position? I like the angled edge cuts on bottom of main board also.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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