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05-11-2020 07:14 PM

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Hello, novice here. I’m planning on making a book stand. I’m particularly interested in making on that looks like this. My question is, what is that metal piece called, and where can I get one?


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#1 posted 05-11-2020 07:20 PM

Not sure what you would call it… swing out stand, swing foot, whatever it’s called, I doubt you will be able to find one off the shelf – that is more of something you will need to make yourself to the dimensions you have. Not much too it, so it should be pretty easy.

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Brad

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#2 posted 05-11-2020 07:36 PM

you make the metal piece yourself.
go to the Box Store, get you a piece of 3/16” steel round stock.
bend it to shape with your hand tools. you could use steel round stock,
but aluminum is easier to work with – heat the bend area with a bottle torch
to lessen the chance of it cracking when stress is applied.
(I just looked at the 1/8” steel round stock I have and it would do the trick).
[it ain’t rocket science, fellas].
paint it black – and call it a day.

now, if you REALLY wanted to show off your woodworking skills, you could make
the holder out of wood.

and add your personal touch of page holders to the front rest:

and ~ if you make one out of all wood, you may as well make some jigs and cut
a bunch of the parts at one time. because, when people see yours, they will want
one too. (you don’t always have to be a novice !!!).
and welcome to the forum – looking forward to seeing your projects.

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#3 posted 05-11-2020 07:40 PM

I’m with Brad, no idea what it is called and I doubt you can find one to fit your project for purchase.

Your local big box hardware store carries 1/8”, 3/16” and 1/4” rods in AL, steel and brass that would be super easy to throw in a vise and bend yourself. 6’ lengths of rod are typically less than $10. Pick up a hack saw if you don’t have a better way to cut it while you’re there. This way, you don’t have to design your project around a foot that you bought. You can design the foot to fit the project you want to make.

EDIT: John beat me to it… what he said.

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#4 posted 05-12-2020 01:36 AM

Book holder?

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#5 posted 05-12-2020 01:48 AM

Metal piece would be called a Stirrup….

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#6 posted 05-12-2020 04:28 AM

+1, make your own would probably be easiest. You could also keep an eye out at places like Target or At Home for something cheap like a picture frame or a wire book easel and just cannibalize it. Maybe you already have something in your home like a paint can handle.

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#7 posted 05-12-2020 12:17 PM

Bandit: I googled the wire stirrup and that is something we used in the
concrete pouring industry – I never knew it was called that. we always
called a Rebar Holder or Chair/Seat lol.

when I googled Wire Stirrup – this is another item I found . . . . Toilet Paper Holder.
not too common in today’s decor – but if you really wanted chrome wire, it “might”
be available at the Home Furnishings Box Stores.
(but I still vote for making it yourself).

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#8 posted 05-12-2020 01:07 PM

It’s called a “whatzit” and is made from a rare metal, unobtainium.

Serious everyone has given the right advice. The metal piece you show was custom formed for the manufacturer, it’s not a stock part. If it was, Mcmaster.com or grainger.com would have it.

Bending a simple shape is easy if you have the right tool, in this case a wire bending jig.


Wire bending jig – about $15 @ Grizzly

P.S. The name I’ve head is a “tilt bail”

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#9 posted 05-13-2020 08:50 PM

“1/4 metal rod

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#10 posted 05-13-2020 10:39 PM

If it is to be made with aluminum, care should be taken to only heat it enough to bend. It gets real soft real fast. I’d make one from wood like John Smith posted, personally.

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#11 posted 05-14-2020 01:48 PM

Coat hanger bent to shape?

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#12 posted 05-14-2020 05:27 PM

Thanks for the advice, guys. I think I’m going to try making one out of wood.

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#13 posted 05-14-2020 05:46 PM



Coat hanger bent to shape?

- Fresch


Coat hanger wouldn’t be rigid enough to survive. You can get steel rods at the big box stores in the US. That and a hack saw and a wire bender (either the jig above or something homemade) would work well. But having seen the wood version, might as well try for that.

A random search found this as well
https://build-basic.com/build-a-cookbook-stand/#.Xr2DxNaSmiM

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