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Project by grovemadman posted 04-17-2008 03:38 AM 1549 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this to hold my textbooks so I could study without leaning forward and straining my neck. It is constructed from walnut and maple and finished with Linseed oil. I used a small barrel hinge to make the prop arm fold in or out. I used a chisel to notch for the arm into the stand. It was 3 boards and the ledge glued together. Mainly did it to ease my neck and practice edge joinery. Nothing special, but it works!

-- --Chuck

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 05:07 AM

That walnut is pretty. But if you’re going to take a photo that close-up, you really need to sand to a finer grit… maybe use some pore filler…. c’mon, get with the program, Chuck. LOL!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 10:54 AM

Good job. Don’t listen to Charlie, the only guy you gotta please is that guy in the mirror. mike LOL

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 02:49 PM

Nice Job, This looks like something I need to make for my computer.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 03:11 PM

Great practical project. Thanks for sharing!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 08:17 PM

Nice work. That certainly is SPECIAL!

Man, I really like the wood combination. I could certainly use one of these myself. Its going on my projects list.

Personally speaking , I like a bit of non ultra smoothness in my projects. It makes me believe these things are made with care by a human and not mass machine produced.

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 10:22 PM

It’s a piece of cake to make too! The wood was leftover stuff I had laying around, the barrel hinge was 4 bucks. If I had to do it over again I would use 2 barrel hinges side by side or some small piano hinge. It like to wiggle a bit (the prop) unless you have weight on it. actually a wooden hinge would be cool; really cool! I’m hoping you guys who plan to make one can take my plan and improve on it!

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 04-18-2008 03:53 AM


This is a nice piece. The walnut and maple compliment each other well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 04-19-2008 07:31 PM

A very practical project I think everybody needs it. I will follow your idea. Looks very attractive because of good combination of wood. What is the size?

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 04-20-2008 01:18 AM

I made mine 12×12 cuz that’s how much wood I had. I suppose you could make it anysize you want though…

-- --Chuck

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