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The Book Stand

The book stand project is a great project for beginners who want to practice some hand cut joinery. Not only are the joints themselves very beginner friendly, but the material used in this project can be easily sourced from any DIY supplier should you have trouble sourcing hardwood. This project can of course double up as a tablet stand and makes a great gift to a lucky recipient.

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Project Overview

In this project, I show you how to make a book stand using cheap timber purchased from your local DIY merchant. It costs less than £10 to make and can be made over a weekend. Free plans for this project can be downloaded from my website: www.mattestlea.com/shop

Project Overview

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Tool List

Unsure you have all the right tools for the project? This handy guide helps you choose not only the tools you need, but also gives my recommendations in order of preference. It also provides various options to suit different budgets.

Tool List

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#1 Preparing Material

In this lesson, I show you how to cut timber, orient timber with a focus on aesthetics and how to measure and mark joints ready for cutting.

#1 Preparing Material

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#2 Cutting the Dovetails

In this lesson, I show you the process to accurately cut and fit all 6 of the dovetail joints used to hold this frame together.

#2 Cutting the Dovetails

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#3 Assembling the Hinge

In this lesson, I show you how to construct the wooden hinge for the back of the frame that allows it to be tilted to various angles.

#3 Assembling the Hinge

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#4 Gluing and Finishing

In this lesson, I show you how to perfect the hinge joint that angles the frame, how to add the shelf that the book sits on, and experiment with staining the timber. 

#4 Gluing and Finishing

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