Andre Roubo (1769) -- Oak Phone Stand by Hand

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Project by ChuckM posted 08-11-2013 11:07 PM 3087 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this mini folding stand prototype to get myself familiar with the process before building my full-sized bookstand which will have some decorative edge profiles.

This kind of stand is good for books, laptops, small devices, etc. and is good to bring along when you travel.


1) Use chopping chisels (30-degree bevel)
2) Try softwood if you are not familiar with chiseling bevels or using handsaws
3) Start small before trying a large stand.

What you’ll need:

Combination square, steel rule, pencil, chisels, mallet, fret saw, handsaw, drill and bit, card scrapers, apron plane (to ease edges), scrap wood, and a morning or an afternoon (about 3 to 5 hours, depending on your sawing and chiseling efficiency and the number of hinges you need to cut).


1) February 2011 PWM—Traditional, by hand method
2)—Simplified approach

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 03:09 PM

Excellent work. I can’t believe no one else has commented. Making one of those stands is no easy task. I applaud your skill.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 03:21 PM

Dough -

Thanks for your comment. It was fun trying out this ingenious and practical stand. The full-sized stand is high on the “To-do” list.


-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 04:16 PM

Looks great and very well crafted. This kind of technique and joints have lots of uses and possibilities. Great job!

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