Jeffersonian Bookstand

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My skills are less than average in comparison to this website, so please be kind :-) My last project was critiqued as if I was a professional craftsman, which I absolutely am not.

I had some left over 3/4” walnut and I was reading Thomas Jefferson’s biography. So I went to the Monticello website and found pictures of this rotating bookstand. I decided to take a try at building it.

My mother is a judge in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. This is a perfect gift for her office.

If I build this again this is what I would do differently:
1. Make all panels 12” x 12” (my leftovers allowed for 10”x12”)
2. Not do through tenons. These were my first attempts and they don’t have the asthetic look desired because I don’t have the practice or acquired skill for them yet)

Besides that, I am very proud of my work. The only screws I used are in the hinges.

I might make another one for myself :-)

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#1 posted 512 days ago

A very nice piece of work. I know she loved it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 512 days ago

Beautiful work Colin, Roy Underhill made the same project

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 512 days ago

Nice work. I’ve always loved that piece and making one has long been on my long list of to-dos. First I need a place with enough space for it, though.

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#4 posted 512 days ago

Thanks a1Jim. I guess I should “google” things more often. Space is definately necessary for this piece, it will take up an entire side of her desk for sure.

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#5 posted 512 days ago

The book stand looks pretty good to me. Nice build. Looks like it has TJ’s approval too.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 512 days ago

Anyone who has had the good fortune to visit and tour Monticello has probably seen this bookstand in TJ’s study. An amazing and interesting tour. Highly recommended.

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#7 posted 512 days ago

Nicely done.


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#8 posted 512 days ago

I think it’s beautiful. If you decide to build it again, visit Roy Underhill’s videos where he builds and discusses it. You might also look at his video on the Roubo bookstand. He has published an actual sketch of it somewhere with dimensions and sort of an explanation of how to build it.

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#9 posted 512 days ago

Great job Colin, I have never seen one like this before and thing I now see one in my future. Thanks for posting it

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 512 days ago

Colin, wonderful project. You did your homework, designed,and engineered it to fit your capabilities.Than created a project you are proud of. Now that’s what I call woodworking. All your projects show that you definitely have got the woodworkers spirit! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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