Roubo Bookstand - Christmas Gift

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Project by EricTy posted 12-05-2013 07:13 PM 2255 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to say, this was quite the challenge. This is a Christmas gift for my permanent roomate.

It’s made from some very old and very tough Cherry. It just has a coat of boiled Linseed oil right now. debating whether to just wax it or add a Shellac/other.

It’s about 9 1/4” wide x 17” long. We will be redoing the kitchen this coming spring and this will look very nice next to the Cherry faced cabinets.

I like simple lines, Shaker furniture, etc. so I opted to use some simple curves rather than Ogees.

The hinges are a little rough so I didn’t include any closeups there. They look hand-cut but that’s the character that comes from handmade.

The inspiration came from PBS’ The Woodwright’s Shop A neat show for traditional woodworking. He’s a nice guy but boy he seems so disorganized. Wait, that’s how I work!

Ooh, I also got to sharpen the teeth on a hand saw to make the cut down the length. My bandsaw only has a 6” resaw capacity so this got cut by hand. Used a plane to clean up the kerf lines and then sanded it starting with 60 grit up to 220.


-- Only you know the mistakes were intentional...

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 09:06 PM

looks good!

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 09:29 PM

Nice looking work. Your permanent roommate should love it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 02:12 AM

Nicely done. A classic. I’ve got a hunk of cherry that’s about the right size… I should do this too.

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 04:38 AM

Very attractive piece.

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 02:23 PM

well done, thanks for posting. I have to make one for Christmas as-well, 26 more projects to go in the next 16 days.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 03:12 PM

Looks great, including the hinges. Permanent roomate, love it.

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 05:01 PM

Thanks for the great feedback.

Note to self: joint the edges after carving the hinges but before splitting the board. This will eliminate the layout lines on the edges.

I don’t want to apply any protective finishes because I don’t want it getting into the hinges. I think I’ll just stick with a couple coats of wax.

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 11:03 AM

I love this. Never seen this technique before. Really good work,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#9 posted 01-07-2014 10:44 PM

I wanted to build this Roubo bookstand but I also thought the ogees looked a little fussy. This is perfect. The hang hole is a great idea too.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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