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This was a nice project to test your faith. The wife loves it even though I know there are flaws that urk me. It does make a great gift and can be done in one day if you persist. The most challenging part for me was cutting the vertical slits in between the knuckles on the hinge. I drilled holes at the corners of each facing knuckle then used my New Concepts fret saw to make the cuts. Problem is getting the cuts straight and to line up and cut so the cut does not invade the neighboring knuckle. I got an order to build one after showing it off. This time I am going to drill the holes first before chiseling out the voids. And also, I bought a multi purpose roto-zip bit that I will use in my drill press to make these cuts. This is definitely a project you will do better the second time you do it. This one is made from American Chestnut. Overall a very satisfying project.

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seems like the rotozip bit would take too much material, I think they are 1/8", it looks fine to me, remember its hand made, assuming this is your first one any more you make will just get easier and better
 

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You are right cutmantom, the roto-zip bit is too big at 1/8". I just started a second book stand and just drill a series of holes with a 1/16" brad bit with a fence on my drill press. Then connected the dots by hand with a coping saw blade only. Once the slot was long enough, I finished it off with a small Japanese key hole saw. Looks good. Thanks for the input.
 

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