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DIY Your Own Oak

January 22, 2019Olen Murriel

10 DIY Steps to Building Your Own Oak Book Stand

Book stands are a great way to showcase your favorite book or print media. They have many purposes, such as holding a cookbook open while you bake a delicious dish, or displaying a featured and best-selling novel or picture book. However, you don’t need to purchase a flimsy or overpriced product. In this 10 step tutorial. I will walk you through the necessary steps to build your very own oak book stand.

Also, keep in mind that you’re not required to use oak for this project. As long as the wood stains well and is solid and sturdy, than you’re free to choose whichever option is most convenient and practical.

Please see the list below for recommended tools and materials. Once you’ve acquired the listed items, you can move on to Step 1.


-Band saw
-Power drill (make sure your drill bit is smaller than the diameter of your hinge screws)
-Handheld screwdriver
-Stationary router with a router table and a 3/8“ radius roundover bit
-Bearing tip for roundover bit


-Oak (for this project, 1010 pieces are recommended)
-A Brass Hinges (x2)
-String or fishing line
-Bristle or foam brush to apply shellac
-Sander and sandpaper (I recommend an oscillating spindle sander, but a drum sander is also sufficient. I also recommend using an orbital sander for Step 6)

Step 1: Download Your Free Tutorial and Outline

To begin, download this free woodworking tutorial and set aside approximately one or two hours. This project is not difficult and does not require extensive woodworking knowledge or experience. So, whether you’re a beginner or expert, I invite and encourage you to partake in this exciting project.

Step 2: Get Ready to Draw

Print and cut out the outline attached to the downloaded tutorial. Using a piece of oak 18. in length and a pencil, trace the outline onto the wood. Next, repeat this step on a new section. At the and of this step, you should have 2 pieces of identically outlined wood. Make sure you follow this step carefully, because each outline will serve as a structural half of your book stand.

Step 3: Get Ready to Cut

For this step, you’ll need your band saw Using relief cuts, carefully cut out the outlines you’ve drawn on the two sections of wood. If you force too much tension onto the blade, you can risk it breaking, so proceed through this step with caution and precision.

Refrain from cutting along the exact outlines and, instead, leave enough room for sanding. If you’re unsure how much room to leave, remember this general rule of thumb: leaving too much room is better than not enough. If you sand over the outline, your piece will be too small to properly complete the project. Also, if you’re two halves are uneven, your finished stand will look odd and improperly constructed. So, use appropriate judgment when completing this step.

Step 4: Get Ready to Sand

For this step, you’ll need your sander. Brace your freshly cut pieces of wood on a table or sturdy surface. Using the lowest setting, gently sand the curved elements of the wood. Make sure you sand right up to the outline. Remember, the more precise your curves are, the better your book stand will look in the end.

Don’t worry about sanding the flat sections at this point. In Step 6, you’ll complete the sanding for this project.

Step 5: Prepare Your Router

Now it’s time to use your stationary router and roundover bit. Remember, for this project your roundover bit should have a 3/8. radius and should be equipped with a bearing tip. For this step, you are only rounding the curved sections of your wood pieces. The straight sections must maintain their shape to support the hinges in following steps.

Secure your router onto the router table and adjust the bit’s roundover carbide. For effective results, the carbide should be only slightly beneath the table. Using an extra piece of wood, test the cut. Once who’ve established an appropriate cut, gently round over your curved sections.

Step 6: Time to Sand …Again

Now that your pieces are properly cut, it’s time to use some elbow grease. Grab your sander again and sand the straight sections of your wood pieces. For the straight sections, you’re welcome to use your orbital sander. However, for the curved sections and flat sides of your book stand, I’d recommend sanding by hand. For superior results, use finer grits of paper as you complete this step.

Step 7:Attach Your Hinges

Now it’s time to attach your hinges. First, position one hinge two inches from the bottom left side of your book stand. Next, take your second hinge and place it two inches from the top right section of your stand. Using your pencil, create small marks where the hinge screws will go.

Now that you’ve indicated the location of your hinges and screws, you’ll need your power drill. Carefully pre-drill the holes for your hinges on the marked areas. Remember, your drill bit should be smaller than your hinge screws.

Next, you’ll need your handheld screwdriver to attach the hinges to your book stand. However, for this step, you’re only going to attach the hinges. In Step 9, you’ll connect them. But, for now, just worry about attaching two hinges. When this step is completed you should have one hinge on the bottom left and another hinge on the top right.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to put the finishing touches on your book stand. For this step you’ll need your string or fishing line, a brush, and shellac. First, take your thread and ease it through one of the screw holes. Once your string is safely attached through the hole, hang the section from the ceiling. Make sure you tie the sting effectively, so there’s no chance of the wood piece dropping. Repeat these instructions with the other half of your book stand. By hanging it from the ceiling, the material will dry faster, and there will be less risk of damaging the shellac coatings.

In order to properly prepare the wood for the shellac coatings, remove any sawdust or debris from both sections of your book stand. If any debris remains, it can cause bumps and imperfections in your final project. So, before you apply any shellac, make sure the wood is clean.

Using your brush, apply a thin and even coat of shellac to each section. If you need to stabilize your separate pieces, try grasping the hinges. With this method, you won’t interfere with the coating.

Wait until the shellac has dried completely. Then, using 400-grit sandpaper, gently sand each piece. Before applying another coat of shellac, remove any debris from the wood. Next, you’ll have to complete this step until you’ve applied approximately 4-5 coats.

Step 9: Complete the Project

It’s finally time to complete your project! First, make sure your last coat of shellac is completely dry. Next, use a handheld screwdriver to connect the two halves of your book stand. Once the two pieces are attached, the book stand should open and dose smoothly and without any problems.

Step 10: Enjoy Your Finished Project

Now comes the fun part: you get to showcase your fine woodcutting skills and display your favorite or featured book. Feel free to play around with the settings of your book stand, and pick a display option that works best for you



You’ve done it! You’ve successfully completed your very own oak book stand. Please share this tutorial with anyone you may think would find it beneficial. Also, let us know how this tutorial went for you!

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