Cherry Revolving Dictionary Stand

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Project by Dan Pleska posted 07-29-2007 06:59 PM 5325 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this dictionary stand along with my wife. She is a writer and keeps an Oxford English Dictionary at hand for reference. This large two-volume set is quite heavy. With other dictionary stands only one volume can be open on the top. Every time she wanted to look something up, it was always in the volume that was closed and on the shelf. This design allows both volumes to be open and available. She just spins the top section to the volume she needs.

The top section is mounted to a 12” lazy susan. The Cherry was sanded to 220 and given three coats of shellac that were lightly sanded between each. I applied a coat of paste wax to finish.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 07-29-2007 07:03 PM

Hello Dan – beautiful piece …love the revolving idea. very unique. excellent work.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 07-29-2007 07:43 PM

A great looking piece Dan. I assume you have a lazy susan under there for the revolving?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Dan Pleska

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#3 posted 07-29-2007 07:47 PM

Yes, Bill. There is a 12” lazy susan between the sections.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#4 posted 07-29-2007 07:57 PM

1. brilliant!!
2. beautiful
3. brilliant :) (ok so I said that one already,, but I didn’t have a thesaurus handy haha)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 07-30-2007 07:50 PM

Interesting project and nice solution to the problem. What is that metalic looking piece that can be seen in photo #1 ?

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#6 posted 07-30-2007 08:35 PM

Love the project. Are the shelves fixed with sliding doves? I am also in envy of the two-volume OED.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Dan Pleska

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#7 posted 07-30-2007 08:57 PM

oscorner- The metal object in photo #1 is the handle of a magnigying glass. The print on an OED is very small.

Douglas- Yes, the shelves are fixed with sliding dovetails. I wanted something more than the 1/4” back to hold the sides and keep it from racking.

Glad you liked it. This was my first attempt at design.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#8 posted 07-31-2007 07:16 PM

That’s a good idea! Nice job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 10-02-2008 12:37 AM

Book collector myself and that would help on the big ones. Like the revolving feature. Beautiful!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 01-28-2015 05:38 PM

I have a two-volumn OED (1971; might have been the last printing). Hope to donate it to a retirement community that has a fine library and a very decent wood shop. Put those two things together with a dictionary stand like this one, and maybe we’ll have a deal going.

-- Jeff Polaski

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