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Quick Project: Easy Cookbook Stand

With this easy cookbook stand you can have your recipes at hand, whether you use a cookbook or tablet.


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With this easy cookbook stand you have your recipes easy to read, whether you are using a tablet or a cookbook. The cookbook stand is made using PAR pine that you can buy at any Builders store and you don't need any special tools other than a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.

This project is ideal for the beginner DIY enthusiasts, or someone looking to build up their skills using a pocket hole jig.

Once you have assembled the cookbook stand, apply a suitable wood-safe finish such as those in the Howard range. They have Butcher Block Oil and Butcher Block conditioner.






1 of 19 x 160 x 380mm pine - back

1 of 19 x 64 x 380mm pine - book rest

12mm dowel cut to length 152mm

32mm fine thread pocket hole screws

Howard butcher block finish

Wood glue


Drill/Driver plus assorted bits

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig

Orbital sander plus 120- and 180/240-grit sanding pads

Mitre saw or mitre box

Tape measure and pencil








1. Set your pocket-jig for 19mm-thick pine and drill [2] pocket holes in the Back, as shown in the diagram below. You also need to drill a 12mm hole that is 12mm deep for the dowel support. Take the time to sand all the pieces smooth.

2. Apply wood glue to the lower edge of the Back and clamp the book rest onto the Back, as shown. Use pocket-hole screws to join the two sections together. Sand the pieces nice and smooth.

3. At one end of the 12mm dowel, use a mitre saw or mitre box to cut a 45° angle on one end. Test fit the Support and do any sanding adjustments for a snug fit.

GOOD TO KNOW: Do not apply glue to the Support so that it can be removed and stored flat when the stand is not in use.








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