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Video: Roubo’s Folding Bookstand

If you are having trouble with the Roubo’s Folding Bookstand article from the February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, I urge you to attempt to lay out the joints on some wood and give it a try. If it still vexes you, however, then this short video might help.

Disclaimer: This may or may not be how Roy Underhill lays out the joints. I did this from memory after reading the article a couple months ago and looking at a photo of the bookstand on my blog this evening. (OK, yes, I don’t have a copy of the February issue at home.)

— Christopher Schwarz

P.S. If you have trouble viewing the video, try watching it on blip here. And if you like the music (I’ve gotten seven e-mails about it), you can check it out here at freeplaymusic.com. The composer is Angel Jose Ruiz Perez, and the two tracks are “Tell it to the Banjo” and “Cool your Strings,” both from the hit record: “Country Vol. 4.”

4 thoughts on “Video: Roubo’s Folding Bookstand

  1. mrhandcar

    Chris, just two bench questions

    I just began building your bench when I came across your Deluxe Roubo blog

    Two questions
    1. could I substitute the Veritas double vice I’ve purchased (which I planned to use as an end vice) for one of the two leg vices?

    Would the Veritas recessed vice, with a wide aux. face, suffice as an end vice?

    PS I came across an ugly question regarding your source of income. I didn’t bother to read your response but the question reminded me of advice given me years ago

    I worked as a special events planner for CA state parks for many years. Virtually all my coworkers envied my success and shunned me.

    And yes, I was an outlier when it came to the work ethic of fellow state workers.

    I tried every thing I could think of to overcome but had literally no success.

    Discouraged, I asked a state park deputy director what else I could try. His two word response was: “F*** ‘em”
    I took it to heart and never looked back.

    I now give the same advice to you because easily 99% of us are here because you are a professional writer who is an excellent amateur woodworker. That is far better than then the opposite, professional woodworkers who are amateur writers.

    As for the 1% of the jamokes out there, don’t post their questions/responses and move on to the next question.. They do not add, at least for me, one iota to the conversation.

    Anyway, that’s my story, Chris, and I’m stickin’ with it. (-:

      1. ThreeBean

        So i can figure it would take me about 8 hours. :) Thanks for the info and the great video. I went out and bought the magazine over lunch today. I really want to give this one a try!

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