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How to Make a Modern Tablet or Cookbook Stand

This handy wooden stand is a great beginner woodworking project for anyone wanting to surprise their favorite chef, baker, techie or hostess with a beautiful and functional custom handmade gift.

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Finished Stand With Cookbook

Materials Needed:

  • 7/8" thick new or reclaimed wood
  • eye protection
  • measuring tape
  • combo square
  • miter saw
  • wood glue
  • 2 aluminum bar clamps
  • orbital palm sander
  • medium- and fine-grit sanding discs for sander
  • drill
  • driver bit with countersink and drill bit
  • 1-1/4" self-boring wood screws
  • all natural hemp oil or wood finish of your choice
  • natural bristle brush or lint-free cloth

Cut Wood to Size

Using a miter saw, cut wood to the following dimensions:

11" wide x 12-1/2" high (back)
two 11" wide x 2-1/4" high (bottom and ledge)
9" wide x 12" high (cut to make stands)

Note: New or reclaimed lumber can be used for this project. Wear eye protection while using power tools. Tip: When working with reclaimed wood, make sure it is free from nails or screws that might get caught on the saw blade.

Dry Fit Pieces Together

Position pieces together to ensure a proper fit. Back piece will rest on bottom and ledge will sit in front. At this point, make any desired adjustments to wood.

Glue Ledge

Use wood glue to affix ledge to bottom. Apply wood glue to both surfaces, fit together so edges are flush then gently clamp in place with two aluminum bar clamps. Allow glue to dry and remove from clamps. Turn glued piece over, so the bottom of bottom piece is face up. Determine center point of width of back board with combo square and transfer that measurement to bottom piece. Mark with pencil (Image 1). Use countersink drill bit slightly smaller than diameter of screws to drill four evenly spaced pilot holes along marked line (Image 2).

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