The classic idea of grand-scale libraries with towers of bookshelves aren't the only places for well-made book stands anymore. Having a simple nostalgic book stand in your home doesn't have to take up too much space or cost a fortune. Making your own book stand from minimal construction can be easy and affordable. Afterward you will have a classic stand for holding any type of book from the antique family bible to cookbooks, dictionaries or a child's favourite storybook.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 1 1-by-8 inch board 10 inches long for the back
- 1 1-by-1 inch wooden rod 10 inches long for a book rest lip
- Wood glue
- 1 2-by-8 inch board 5 inches long for a support block
- Rafter angle square (steel or plastic)
- Wood stain or paint
Set the small rod along one of the 10-inch long sides of the board. Nail into place with finishing nails every 2 inches. Secure with wood glue. This will create a lip to keep your book from slipping.
Mark a 45-degree angle on the opposite 2-inch sides on one end of the support board. Cut off the excess corner across the length of the 8 inches.
Line up the cut block under the centre of the main board. The block should prop the board up at a 45-degree angle. When satisfied with the centring of the block underneath, nail it into place. Apply wood glue for extra support.
Sand the book stand until smooth enough to keep the unit from scratching the covers of books and the table or desk the stand will rest on.
Apply a coat of wood stain or paint the book stand to finish.
Tips and warnings
- Add self-adhesive felt pads to the bottom of the stand under the support block and the main base to keep the stand from scratching wood surfaces.
- Glue a 14-inch length of ribbon to the underside of the top centre of the book stand to create an instant bookmark in case the pages of a book turn on their own.