Roubo Bookstand

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Project by jakub76 posted 659 days ago 2207 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on Roubo’s popular bookstand.

It’s my first attempt and made from Meranti (Pacific Maple). I adjusted the dimensions of the design to suit the dimensions of my left-over stock, 185mm wide.

I did some drawings trying to match some of the Queen Anne style furniture already in my daughter’s room, hence the legs. The hinge is as per Roubo’s design which I was interested to learn is more than 200 years old.

Stained with walnut coloured dye, finished with a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil then a few coats of shellac. My 5 yo daughter wanted to help me with the shellac so I let her paint on three coats – it’s left the finish a bit inconsistent but it was worth it having her so keen and involved.

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#1 posted 658 days ago

Beautiful styling. Do you have any further sketches or photos of the hinge section, it looks like the shipwright hinge I’ve been experimenting with recently.

-- Howard, South Australia

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#2 posted 658 days ago

Great job! I’ve been wanting to build one of these, the hinges intrigue me.

-- Jason K

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#3 posted 658 days ago

Greenman, there’s a simple plan linked from here as well as a great how-to video here

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#4 posted 658 days ago

Thanks for the video and plan links, it was really great to see how these are made…another project to add to my list.

-- Howard, South Australia

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#5 posted 658 days ago

i just saw that woodwright episode the other day. Nice work.

-- Russell, Tennessee

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#6 posted 658 days ago

Love the antique charm of it. Thanks for sharing!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#7 posted 658 days ago

Gorgeous book stand! I could read more and more from this one.

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#8 posted 658 days ago

Nice job. That hinge is really cool.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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