How to Make a Book Stand

Written by amma marfo
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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
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Wood glue
  • 1 2-by-8 inch board 5 inches long for a support block
  • Rafter angle square (steel or plastic)
  • Handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain or paint

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

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