Cookbook Holder

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Project by Dchip posted 08-15-2012 07:17 PM 3452 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed a cookbook holder that could adjust to different thickness books and would fold up. With that in mind, this is what came out of the shop. I went for a light design; not sure if 3/32” slats will prove to be too fragile. The center dowel does reinforce the slats at their weakest point. Pic 3 shows the front adjustment and pic 4 the back adjustment. All comments/critiques/questions welcomed.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 07:22 PM

Cool~~I was thinking of making something like this to hold my reference books at my desk~

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 08:49 PM

I like it ! Looks like a useful addition to any cook’s arsenal.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 01:07 AM

I will be making one of these for my desk at work for reference books. Very cool!

-- Steve

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 01:10 AM

Resize it, and it’s a cool iPad or Android tablet stand!


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#5 posted 08-16-2012 04:15 AM

I’m with the tablet stand option but I do still like it holding a cook book.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 08:34 AM

Very nice think I might have to build one of them.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 11:54 AM

I was just thinking of a book holder for x-mas gifts and yours pops up.
(also tablet/book)
Nicely done.

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 01:13 PM

Thanks everyone. No tablet yet, but this thing should last for a while.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 07:32 PM

Nice work. I have a design question however. How stable is the stand with just that one small leg on the back. Some of my cookbooks can reach epic proportions…...somewhat like a dictionary. With the book open to pages near the front or the back, a great deal of weight will be placed on one end of the stand. It appears that it would tip over in that direction. If this is not an issue, please tell enlighten me. I love the clean lines and can see these as gifts.


-- RTex, Wood Wranglin' Cowboy

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 07:46 PM

Hi Tex – Here’s my very non-technical response: The holder doesn’t recline far enough for this to be an issue, but if you made one that reclined almost flat then it may come into play. The entire length of the base is in contact with any flat surface the stand is on. The only way I can see it tipping would be a large force on the far upper left or right corners. Any size book, though, would still have the bulk of its weight in contact with the flat base. With that said, a larger back leg could definitely be worked into the design.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 08:17 PM


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