How to make a book holder

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How to make a book holder

Book holders can be used to reduce back strain, keep your hands free and hold a recipe book away from kitchen messes. You could purchase a book holder from a store or quickly assemble the one described here in a few hours. This book holder or stand is not too difficult to make if you have basic carpentry skills. Adjust the dimensions or embellish as you see fit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 68-inch wood board, 1 1/2 inches by 3/4 inch
  • 14 wood screws, 1 1/2 inches
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Cut the 1 1/2-inch by 3/4-inch board into two 18-inch lengths, two 9-inch lengths and one 3-inch length. Cut the remaining board into two 5 1/2-inch lengths with a 45-degree angle on one end. Sand any rough edges.

  2. 2

    Align the two 9-inch pieces to the ends of one 18-inch piece, and connect with two screws on each side. On the same side of the 18-inch board that you connected the 9-inch boards, connect the 3-inch board in the centre of the 18-inch board using two screws.

    How to make a book holder
  3. 3

    Connect the top 18-inch board on the opposite side you connected the sides and centre support.

    How to make a book holder
  4. 4

    Attach the one 5 1/2-inch board to one side directly underneath the top horizontal board, facing the 45-degree angle toward the side board. Attach with two screws, and repeat on the other side.

    How to make a book holder
    Finished book holder, back
  5. 5

    Turn the frame over and lean it back so it rests on its "legs."

    How to make a book holder
    Finished book holder, front
  6. 6

    Set your book on the bottom ledge with the spine supported by the middle piece.

    How to make a book holder
    Book holder with book

Tips and warnings

  • Hide the screws with filler and paint, or use wood stain and varnish to make your book holder more attractive.
  • Always be careful using a saw and drill. Follow all appropriate safety procedures.

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