Recipe Stands

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Project by JD77 posted 11-21-2019 03:40 PM 657 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I batched up a set of six recipe stands to match the cutting boards I gave as Christmas presents last year. They started as a glue-up of maple and walnut with some sapwood. As with the cutting boards, I alternated the walnut boards in the glue-up to maximize the contrast between adjacent boards. I then glued on the bottom ledge and lip, then crosscut to size. I put a 1/2” roundover on the back and bottom, and a 1/4” roundover on the front. A sliding dovetail allows the stand to slide in or out for storage. A cutout was added to the front lip to allow iPads to be used with a hole added to the shelf for charging cables. Finished with clear shellac.

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#1 posted 11-21-2019 04:16 PM

Very nice, I realy like the dove tail slide.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#2 posted 11-21-2019 07:52 PM

An attractive and very usable project!
Wherever they go—someone will appreciate having them.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 11-22-2019 02:41 AM

Nice idea…seems simple to make too (except for the sliding dovetails, those are fancy).

Did you make the cutouts using a spindle sander ?

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#4 posted 11-22-2019 01:04 PM

Thanks, guys,
They were super simple, one step up from the original cutting boards.

Those dovetails were easier than they sound if you have a router table and a dovetail bit. Just a piece or two of masking tape on each edge of the panel was enough to give it the taper it needed. A little hand-sanding left them just a little loose so that any finish that got in them didn’t bind them up. They don’t fall out, but they also don’t need a mallet to remove. Nothing fancy there.

The cut-out on the front was a late addition. I made up a quickie jig to hold everything in alignment with a Forstner bit on the drill press since I was batching them out. A spindle sander would have worked just as well but I didn’t think of it since I was already drilling the hole on the bottom for the charger cable.

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