How to Make a Wooden Book Holder

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How to Make a Wooden Book Holder
A book holder makes reading recipe book much easier while cooking. (book image by musk from

Book holders can have many uses. You can put it in your library or the living room as a part of the decor or you can use on a counter the kitchen to help you read with recipe books while cooking. You can make a wooden book holder using some nails and a few pieces of scrap wood. You can paint or stain this homemade wooden book holder to match the rest of the decor in your living room, library or kitchen, depending on where you will put it.

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Things you need

  • 2 pieces of wood measuring 12-by-20-by-1 inches
  • 1 piece of wood measuring 3-by-20-by-1 inches
  • Sandpaper
  • Damp towel
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Paint or stain
  • Paint brush

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  1. 1

    Sand the edges of all of the three pieces of wood that you'll make the book holder from. This will make the wood easier to work with. In addition the stain or paint will adhere better to smooth surfaces. Wipe all the sanded pieces using a dampened towel to get rid of the excess sand or wood bits.

  2. 2

    Nail two 12-by-20-by-1 inch pieces at a right angle along the 20-inch length. Ensure that the 1-inch width of one pieces is nailed to the top of the other piece. The produced "L" shape will become the support for the book holder with the two open ends sitting on the countertop, desk or shelf.

  3. 3

    Nail the 3-by-20-by-1 inch piece of wood about an inch from the bottom outward facing edge, with the 1-inch edge against the board, lining up the 20-inch length of both pieces of wood.

  4. 4

    Stain or paint you wooden book holder as you see fit.

  5. 5

    Let the stain or paint dry completely before you can use it. A book will rest on the small piece of wood, the holder leaning back on the two legs of the "L" shaped angle.

Tips and warnings

  • You could use a strong carpenter's glue instead of the nails, but in that case you will need to clamp the pieces in their place till the glue dries up completely.

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