A folding trivet for a cell phone, book...many possibilities

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Project by A.Scott posted 03-16-2013 06:02 AM 2310 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Again thanks goes out to CampD

Yesterday I worked on making one of these with the measurements of 3/4” x 3/4” and in doing that I would need to join two of them to hold cell phone. Tonight I went to the shop to make two more of them when I thought, why not make one wider so I would only need to make one. This one is 3 1/2” wide by 3/4” thick and 7” long. I have thought about using my router to give it a design but not sure exactly what type of design I would like.

From Pic #2 one of these could be made at an angle to hold a book tilting it towards the reader, or could be made to hold a family/church’s Bible…many possibilities out there for something like this.

What ideas do you have for something like this?
Any ideas about what type of design I could use?

Thanks for looking and commenting!

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 11:34 AM

Make it a bit bigger and you could sit on it.
Well done.

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 02:56 AM

I really like this, and see a couple of possibilities – a cook book holder, a nigh stand cell phone/ipad holder, etc. Any chance for some more detailed pictures of how it goes together?

Thanks for the post!


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#3 posted 03-17-2013 03:29 AM

This was my second completed attempt. I originally got the idea from CampD who included a link in his post that lead to the below link.

Now the above link is not quite what I did but where I got the idea of making a wider stand. In the 4th photo you can see that I have already altered it so the screen on my cell can be viewed easier and to make it even less bulky. My wife pointed out that it looks like a small chair and I agree. Anyway after viewing the attachment the below info will make sense.
To make this I first measured how much wood I want right behind the cell phone. I then measured from the top down and marked the top of three lines. Now from my measurements these lines should be 3/8” apart. On the side you will need to mark 45 degree angles from the edges of the center line (refer to the attachement). For the distances between the chiseled endges I simply measured the width of the wood and seperated it in to 5 sections. For the above I came in from both sides with 1/4” twice and I left the middle at the remaining width. As in the attavchment I marked the parts to be chiseled out and then went to chiseling them out. I did this slowly and on one I didn’t chisel them all of the way. This kept the trivet from opening up, until I checked each part and corrected the error.
From there I sanded it down and then stained and polyurethaned it.

If you want to make it into a cook book holder, after building this you could cut the legs so the bottom of the book would be lower tilting the book towards the reader. Just a though.

I hope this helps out…good luck!

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 07:29 AM

Here is roy underhills plan. the second one down, book stand.

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#5 posted 03-17-2013 03:40 PM

Thanks forsharing that link timberwolf….much easier to understand that than it is to understand my direction :-)

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