Folding book/tablet stand

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Project by LukeCan posted 07-24-2018 02:41 PM 1358 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The stand is made following Christopher Schwarz’s description in Popular Woodworking June 2018.

Walnut with Danish oil finish.

Not too difficult but I did have issues with not being careful enough with radiuses on the ends of pieces. I was not being precise enough and the holes were not the exact distance from the end. This caused some pieces which pivot next to each other to bind. Fortunately I discovered this before setting the rivets.

In retrospect I should have completed the radiused ends before drilling the holes for the rivets.

Works great and will be handy for my tablet as I travel. Also great for kitchen cook books.

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 03:21 PM

well done-thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 04:14 PM

That sure looks handy and well made; Great Job!

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 07:44 PM

Swartz has a book about campaign furniture. I’m thinking that’s one of the pieces. A very nice job indeed.

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 08:47 PM

This is a very nice book stand and beautifully done.

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#5 posted 07-24-2018 11:07 PM

Great work Luke. I have made 2 of these and decided it was sneaky difficult. You definitely produced a winner. Can you share how you did the rivets?

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#6 posted 07-25-2018 03:34 AM

The rivets were done more or less as described in the article.

I put one of the rivets in a steel jaw vice as an anvil of sorts to make sure I had a tight fit when I set the ring on and mushroom the extra end. Used a narrow piece of wood with a hole drilled into one end (article uses a dowel but I had none) to set the locking ring.

I cut the excess off with wire cutters. Mushroomed the head with a nail set and then followed with a small diameter piece of steel that was flat on the end to pretty up the end and smooth out the head of the rivet.

It is possible to overdue the mushrooming part and squeeze the ring through the wood. I discovered this by cracking one piece. So caution is required and don’t over do it.

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#7 posted 07-25-2018 03:49 AM

cool book stand. I like the campaign furniture style.

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#8 posted 07-30-2018 05:34 PM

Great design

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#9 posted 07-21-2019 01:39 PM

Swartz has a book about campaign furniture. I m thinking that s one of the pieces. A very nice job indeed.

- BurlyBob

This plan isn’t in his book Campaign Furniture – the book covers a trunk, chest of drawers, two bookcases, a stool, and a camp chair in the Roorkee/Safaristol style. This is in a 2018 Popular Woodworking article.

Great book – I strongly recommend it, but I’d hate for someone to buy it looking for plans that aren’t there.

Beautifully done! I’m planning on making one, albeit I’m going to experiment with a method other than rivets for creating the hinges. Ironically, they’re also known as rivets (brass screws with their slotted heads filed away).

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