Whether you’re pulling out the secret family recipe or looking for a thoughtful hostess gift for your next gathering, this handmade cookbook stand is the perfect solution. With straightforward cuts and a simple assembly, this project comes together in no time. The design boasts hinges for fold-flat storage, and book holder that tilts to a range of viewing angles to accommodate any cook. Once complete, all you need to make the perfect meal–if you’re like me–is some serious practice and a handy fire extinguisher.

 

Cost: $11

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy. Square cuts and butt joints make the parts of this project fairly easy to assemble.

Tape Measure

Handsaw

Miter Saw

Kreg Jig R3

Hand Clamps

Drill/Driver

*Note: a ½ x 2 board has an “actual” width of 1½-inches.

(3) ½ x 2 x 4 Boards

(3) 1 inch hinges

1 inch wood screws

Wood Glue

*Note: a ½ x 2 board has an “actual” width of 1½-inches.

½ x 2 board – 9 @ 10 ½ inches

½ x 2 Leg – 1 @ 4 ¼ inches (Bevel one end at 45-degrees)

½ x 2 Slotted Stand – 1 @ 7 ½ inches

½ x 2 Book Rest – 1 @ 13 ½ inches

 

Steps

 

1. Size and Layout the Parts

 

Using the cut list above, cut the pieces to size using a miter or hand saw. Using the drawing provided, layout the pieces on a flat work surface. Note that all pieces are 10½ inches long unless marked as a “specialty part” on the drawing. The specialty parts are the leg, bookrest and slotted stand.
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Using a miter or handsaw, clip the front corners of the bookrest and bevel one end of the leg piece at 45-degrees. Return the pieces to their place in the front frame.
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3. Mark the Slotted Stand

 

To create the slots for the leg to rest in, mark four lines on the “slotted stand” that are 3, 4, 5 and 6 inches from the top edge of the board.
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4. Cut the Slots

 

Clamp the straight edge of a scrap block along the first line. Using a handsaw, carve a shallow groove. Repeat to create a grove at each marked line. Return the board to its place in the back frame.
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5. Drill the Pocket holes

 

Remove each of the horizontal 10½ inch pieces and the “slotted stand” from the frames. Flip the first board face down, and, using a Kreg Jig, bore two pilot holes into the end of the board. Repeat of the opposite end of the board. Repeat this process with the remaining horizontal pieces and the “slotted stand”. Once complete, each of these boards should contain four pilot holes.
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6. Assemble the Frames

 

One-by-one, apply wood glue to the joints, and then clamp them to the work surface. Drive 1 inch wood screws through the pilot holes to secure the parts in place.
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7. Insert the Slotted Stand

 

Apply wood glue to the ends of the slotted stand, and then place the board centered vertically in the frame. Drive wood screws through the pilot holes in the slotted stand to hold it in place in the back frame.
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8. Insert the Crosspiece

 

On the front frame, make a mark 5¾ inches from its top edge. Apply wood glue to the ends of the remaining 10½ inch board. Place the board horizontally inside the frame. Position the board so that its top edge aligns with the marks, and then use wood screws to secure it in place.
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9. Mark the Crosspiece

 

Using a tape measure, mark the center of the crosspiece installed in the last step.
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10. Drill the Hinge Pilot Holes

 

Center a hinge on the mark, and, using a drill/driver, drive a shallow pilot hole through the holes in the hinge and into the crosspiece. Now drive the screws provided with the hinge into the pilot holes to hold the hinge in place.
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11. Attach the Leg

 

Position the leg centered on the hinge so that the bevel side is facing downward as shown. Position the hinge on the leg, drill pilot holes, and secure the hinge in place.
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12. Add the Bookrest

 

Clamp the bookrest against the face of the front frame. Position the board so that the underside is flush with the bottom edge of the frame. Apply wood glue to the back edge of the bookrest board. Clamp it in place. Carefully drill pilot holes through the backside of the frame and into the back edge of the bookrest. Using 1 inch wood screws, secure the bookrest in place.
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13. Attach the Hinges

 

Make marks on the backside of the front frame that are 4 inches from each end. Position and secure a hinge inside each mark.
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14. Attach the Front and Back Frames

 

Position the hinges of the face of the back frame. Align the sides of the frames, and then secure the hinges to the frame.
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15. Adjust the Angle of the Stand

 

Tilt the top edge of the front frame upward, allowing the leg to drop down. Once the beveled end of the leg drops into a slot, it will hold the face frame in place.
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15 thoughts on “Build a Cookbook Stand

  1. billy709

    I ripped 2×4 material into 1/2″ thick strips. The 2×4 material is actually 1 1/2″ thick so it works out perfectly when I rip it into 1/2″ thick pieces. I actually go a little thicker than 1/2″ so that I can plane the table saw marks off using my hand plane and end up with the 1/2″ thickness called for in the plan. I don’t want to go any thinner than 1/2″ because the pocket hole screws will protrude.

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