Jeffersonian Bookstand

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Project by Colin_Zimmerman posted 03-28-2013 02:26 PM 2373 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 03-28-2013 03:07 PM

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 03:41 PM

Beautiful work Colin, Roy Underhill made the same project

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#3 posted 03-28-2013 04:13 PM

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 03-28-2013 08:39 PM

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 03-29-2013 01:27 AM

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 03-29-2013 02:03 AM

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 03-29-2013 02:31 AM

Nicely done.


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#8 posted 03-29-2013 03:20 AM

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 03-29-2013 03:31 AM

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

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#10 posted 03-29-2013 03:34 AM

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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