Cookbook Holder

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 12-22-2013 06:31 PM 1865 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas gifts this year, I made some cookbook holders which can be easily used to hold an iPad, eReader or what ever. We have four grown daughters so each is getting one made from Walnut. I made several more – sold a couple and one is gong to my niece, who has an eReader and reads a lot (10 yr old).

My goal was to use up some of the wood I had that was left over from previous projects. So, I rounded up some walnut, maple, red oak and poplar. Some were finished with Minwax Chestnut stain. The walnut pieces were not stained. All received several coats of Deft in Satin Finish. I also made one for my wife and she claimed it early! It is unfinished for now. When we remodel our kitchen this coming year, I will stain hers to match the cabinets.

Overall, this was a fun challenge. I used almost all of my power tools at some point.

Our grand daughter came to stay with us a few days last week and I got her out in the shop to help. Her sanding and glue skills came in handy when I was making her momma’s holder. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 12-22-2013 06:38 PM

Here are a few more pics.
My personal shop holder with a Samsung 7 inch Tab. I never run out of music. It is hooked up to a 75 watt Pyle amplifier and plays through a couple of bookshelf speakers. The cut out in the shelf allows for the device’s charger cord to pass through so it can be charged.

This is is my favorite made from poplar.

All have the same rear support of my own design.

This one is one of two I made from red oak. They are a little larger than the others and hold an iPad perfectly.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 12-22-2013 06:39 PM


Pictures so pretty with your grand daughter.

A collective work between three generations : It’s so beautiful

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 12-22-2013 06:59 PM

Wonderful use for your off-cuts! Mighty fine. Any demensions would be helpful? primarily the iPad one, angle it leans back and height and width of the supporting corbel, etc. I’m sure I’ll adjust to suit me. but just for a start.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#4 posted 12-22-2013 07:21 PM

That’s a cool idea, but it looks like the gran daughter is doing all the work. Precious time.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 07:29 PM

great holders,they’ll be nice christmas presents.cute helper you’ve got there!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 12-22-2013 08:33 PM

Thanks. It was fun. All stands are 11 inches tall. The smaller ones are 6 1/2 wide. The iPad model is 8 inches wide. I am not real sure about the angle. I modeled it after one my dad made for my wife 15 years ago. The long side is 7 1/4 inches long (before I rounded it off). The angle appears to be about 60 deg.

My wife uses it when she is cooking from recipes she found on the internet. She keeps a folder of links on her iPad mini. Works well. And I spied our grand daughter using it to play games. She had it in her lap with her legs propped up, playing up a storm. :-)

I think they will get a lot of use.

Note: To make the notched portion of the shelf, I ripped the pieces wider than normal. Then made several passes over a 3/4 inch router bit until I like what I saw with the lip. Then I ripped off the waste on the table saw and cut out the notches on the band saw.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 12-22-2013 11:58 PM

Gr8 idea for using up some scraps and cutoffs. The helper is a big plus also. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 12-26-2013 03:45 PM

They look great and functional. Like the woods used and awesome finish, wonderful gifts indeed. Great to see quality time with grand daughter.

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#9 posted 01-12-2014 06:06 PM

Wonderful work, and practical items/gifts. The time with the granddaughter priceless. Thank you for sharing

-- Pete in NC

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